She belts out Sam Cooke's "Bring it On Home," and -- hey, is that Kaci from last week in the audience behind Simon? It totally is. I almost didn't recognize her without the stink-eye. Panda directs the second verse right to Simon, and it's pretty clear by the time she's done that she doesn't have much to worry about. L.A. loved it and says it was the perfect song choice. Demi and Britney agree, and Simon says she sounds like a legend. I thought that too, I just couldn't place which one. The votes are yeses across the board, of course. Panda dances happily off the stage at the same time the judges are leaving the table, so she gets a hug from Demi. But the rock-star moment is marred somewhat by Panda's growing respiratory distress and an increasingly desperate need to spit. Stuff "coming up," you know. She goes off in search of some EMTs, and the next thing we know, she's being strapped to a gurney and rolled into an ambulance with an oxygen mask on her face. Well, nobody can accuse her of not giving it her all. How many other people leave these auditions in an ambulance? Actually, don't answer that.
After the ads, the judges talk in the green room about Panda's trip to the hospital, and Simon tells Demi, who hugged her, to go into quarantine for three hours lest she infect the rest of them. "You saw the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, right?"
Up next is Jessica Espinoza, a 22-year-old from the south side of San Antonio who wants a better life for her family. "I know I look well-fed, but trust me, it's the dollar menu." She talks about her poor upbringing (to her family, who already knows about it, but it's not like there's a host to bounce these things off of), and hits the stage with some inspirational words about people where she comes from. She goes into "Nobody Knows" by Pink. She's taking her time, starting slow like the song calls for and then launching hard into the chorus. Her mic technique is a little minor-league, but that's easily fixed, and I'm sure it will be, because this chick isn't going anywhere. Standing ovation from the audience, and the judges seem blown away. Britney compliments her voice, Demi says she has the X Factor, L.A. appreciates how deeply she dug, and Simon says, "I didn't like it, I loved it!" Fortunately he has more to say than just that, including the fact that it's his favorite audition of the day. Jessica gets her four yeses, and we're out for tonight. Unless we're going back to San Francisco yet again for a few more minutes after the end credits?