Coming back, we meet the huge cheering section that came along to support "Ausem." Which turns out to be Austin and Emily, both 15. Get it? Emily says they'll know they're on top when they can beat Lady Gaga at the Grammys. Which is true of anyone, really, but most people don't say that out loud. When they hit the stage and the cheering section makes itself heard, the judges can't fail to notice. They sing "Jar of Hearts" as a duet, doing it all overwrought and theatrical-like, while unfortunately forgetting to do a very good job with the actual singing. Obviously the audience cheers for them when they're done, because half of it rode over with them. Paula calls a vote right away. Simon says yes, saying their audience will understand them. Which is kind of a dis to their target audience, if you ask me. L.A. thinks Austin is a star, but isn't feeling the duo. And if you've ever wanted to see a 15-year-old girl looking crushed in front of an arena audience, here's your chance. Emily's dad protests to Steve, who just watches awkwardly. L.A. says yes anyway. Nicole says no to Ausem, but yes to Austin. "So you'd split them up now?" Simon asks. Nicole herself appears completely split up over the decision, and Simon tries to rush her to make a call already. "Yes or bloody no?" he finally pushes. Paula tells Simon to back down, and while Nicole keeps vacillating, he gets up and leaves the table. So now there are two sad-looking girls on the screen. Finally, after making everyone wait forever, Nicole says yes. Paula also gives a yes, so Simon doesn't even have to come back from walkies for Ausem to move on to the next stage. "So what happened?" he asks insouciantly when he returns. Ausem and the families are a lot happier than you'd think about their making it through by the hair on the nose of the skin of their teeth.
Hour two, so I have to do all this again. Steve's back on the road, and tells us that the final round of auditions is from "the whole nation," whatever the hell that means. I'll just explain now: it's leftover auditions from the other cities that didn't fit into their particular hour of programming. Just say you're cleaning out the pantry, X Factor, you're not fooling anyone. The first person from "The Whole Nation" is 21-year-old Tora Woloshin, an ethnically ambiguous bottle-blonde who's also into cars, to the point where she psyches up by making vroom-vroom noises. Simon loves her at first sight: "Cute, tattoos, and wants to make racing cars." She sings "I Want You Back," and does very well, giving an energetic performance although her voice cracks here and there towards the beginning. The audience gives her a long, loud ovation, and the judges really like her too. Simon yammers about the X Factor: "It's more than just the voice, it's something else." Which is good, considering her voice wasn't exactly flawless. Four yeses for Tora, unsurprisingly. These "whole nation" auditions last a lot longer than the ones from just one city.