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'The X-Factor' recap: Can the second episode outdo the premiere?
'The X-Factor' recap: Can the second episode outdo the premiere?

THE SKINNY: Have we been had? "The X-Factor" followed up a seriously stellar debut with a two-hour mess of talentless singers and worse. The supporters of the first episode should be worried. Was Thursday night the real "X-Factor" or just a momentary bump in the road? A weak second episode paired with disappointing opening ratings is a situation Simon Cowell must not have anticipated. And yet, here we are. 8:06 — Our first contestant of "X-Factor's" second episode is a 29-year-old unemployed "free spirit" I didn't catch the name of. It doesn't matter, either: L.A. Reid tells her he wanted to slit his wrists while she sang. It...

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