updated 09/13/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/13/2013 AT 9:35 AM ET
Rylie Brown, 15, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was the first contestant to charm the judges with her version of Zedd’s “Clarity.” Although she forgot some of the lyrics, the smiley-faced singer earned a standing ovation from the audience and the judges.
“I absolutely love you,” Simon Cowell told her. “You are one to watch. I really mean that.”
Simon’s fellow judges agreed: Paulina Rubio told Rylie her life was “about to change forever,” and Kelly Rowland added, “I want you to be here, with us.”
Jeff Brinkman, 36, a married dad and doggy-daycare owner, earned his spot in the next round with a moving rendition of Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.” Kelly loved his sincerity while Paulina dug his raspy voice and Simon called it “a brilliant, brilliant vocal.”
Also receiving “four big fat yeses,” was Rachel Potter, a 29-year-old bartender from Nashville, who served up an electrifying country version of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”
“This industry is ready for you,” Demi Lovato told her.
Then there was 22-year-old Jorge Pena, a Long Island native who works in an ice cream truck. While his performance of “Amame” was solid, the judges didn’t seem to like his cocky attitude. Demi, in particular, took issue with him calling her “woman.
“You know what’s really cute?” she said. “You know what’s really sexy? … humility,” she snapped back. Pena still earned his ticket to the next round.