'X Factor': Carly Rose Sonenclar and Jason Brock highlight a lackluster second episode

jason-brock-x-factor.jpgIt's like a weird pattern with "The X Factor" -- after a rather great first episode, the second episode is a huge letdown. It happened last year and it happened again this year.

We swear there were more terrible auditions crammed into this one hour-long episode than there were the entire two-hour episode Wednesday night. The saving graces were San Francisco singer Jason Brock, 34, who put his own spin on "New York State of Mind."

He was a little overwrought at times, but he's got a great voice. Britney called him "magnificento" and L.A. Reid added, "Every songwriter wants a voice like yours to sing their songs." Even Simon Cowell was impressed and said it gave him great joy to give Jason the fourth yes.

The other saving grace was 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, who took on "Feelin' Good" by Nina Simone -- and absolutely blew everyone away. She sounded like a 30-year-old professional. Holy excitement. And a totally adorable little package too. You could see the dollar signs flying out of Simon's eyes while he watched her audition.

She's not exactly an undiscovered talent -- little Carly appeared on Broadway as the young Cosette in "Les Miserables" in 2006 and has sung the National Anthem for the Knicks and the Dodgers. But she's largely unknown to the country and should be quite successful on "X Factor."

What do you think, fans? Were those the two stand-outs for you too? We'll add video of them as soon as we have it.

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