Regarding Sophie Tweed-Simmons - I Googled her name and X-Factor, and found a photo showing her onstage during the audition, and Gene and Shannon were onstage with her! Why didn't they show us that? While I was watching, I was surprised that the judges didn't ask if they would come out to say 'hi.' Evidently they did.
My favorite part of the show was when Simon expressed to the girl in pigtails (and pink and sparkles) that he hoped she wasn't going to sing the song from Annie. The reaction from just about everyone was priceless. I agree - she won't last long. I couldn't believe she got 3 yesses.