David Correy, 26, is here with his two brothers and a shitload of tattoos. Backstage, they hear another lucky contestant celebrating his approval, and David tells us that he's hoping this competition will somehow reconnect him with his birth mother, who placed him for adoption after having him at age 14. We have to root for him now, don't we? Out onstage, he pimps his adoptee story to the judges and sings "Just the Way You Are." And nails it. Now I just feel bad for this 40-year-old woman in Brazil who's going to think she gave birth to Bruno Mars. The crowd loves him, and Britney's moved nearly to tears. L.A. appreciates the power of David's upper register. He wants him to work on the lower, but gives him a yes. The other judges make it unanimous, as always, but not without Simon making him sweat for it a bit. As almost always.
Changing cities again, now we're in... San Francisco? Seriously, are there really more audition episodes than audition cities? Outside the Cow Palace, we meet a nerdy 13-year-old named Trevor Moran and a 27-year-old vocal coach from Atlanta named Tara Simon, who apparently brought a stack of glossies. And then a young woman gets out of the front of a black SUV, as out of the back gets... Shannon Tweed. If you watch Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, you probably already know that the girl is Sophie Tweed-Simmons, 19. Which I don't, but that's what captions are for. "I'm from L.A. and I'm a student," she says modestly. Over the understated caption "Gene, Sophie's dad," the bass player for KISS marvels dodderingly about the number of people here to audition. Think this is going to be a crossover episode? We do get a montage of KISS footage, lest we think that The X Factor was actually going to play this cool. Sophie talks about how she wanted to do this on her own, so she's a little disappointed at all the attention her literal rock star dad is getting in the line outside (though not from Tara Simon, who is already a star in her own mind). Sophie eventually makes it to the stage and gives her whole name. "THAT'S where I know you!" Demi says, pointing an accusatory finger. "You're Nick's sister." This is already not going the way Sophie planned. Maybe she could have gone a little more under the radar, then?