updated 09/29/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/29/2011 AT 10:45 AM ET
A new feud is brewing on The X Factor.
It’s week two of Simon Cowell’s new show – and auditions continued on Wednesday in Chicago, where Cheryl Cole returned for her last stint on the judges’ panel (sniff, sniff), before returning to Seattle, where her replacement, Nicole Scherzinger, sparred in the most delightful way with her boss.
The two-hour episode had its high notes – Drew Ryniewicz, 14, sang “Baby” by Justin Beiber better than the pop star himself; lovesick duo Makenna & Brock performed “Colder Weather” by Zac Brown Band; and Skyelor Anderson wowed the judges with “Must Be Doing Something Right” by Billy Currington, despite the audio track cutting out in the middle of his performance. Still, it was the sparks on the judges’ panel that provided the most entertaining moments of the night.
When Ivana Steelman, 20, took the stage to sing “Big Spender” like a sex kitten, Simon told her, “You remind me of Nicole. I think this is exactly what I would have seen with Nicole if she’d have been 20, auditioning for this show for the first time.”