Paula Abdul comforts Caitlynne Curtis after her Katy Perry ‘Firework’ audition

When 16-year-old Caitlynne Curtis strolled onto the stage during Thursday night's broadcast of 'X Factor,' auditions in Miami had already gotten off to a rough start.

The four judges were hoping that the wide-eyed and lively youth would reveal the night's first finalist. 

Even the cynical Simon Cowell couldn't help but offer her words of support.

However, that was hardly the encouragement she was searching for. 

Curtis' rendition of Katy Perry's 'Firework' was mediocre at best.

But she had such enormous teddy bear eyes that you hoped the four judges, including L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger, saw something you didn't. 

"I think there's room to grow," the typically tenacious Scherzinger said after Curtis ended.

Cowell quipped that the words were not good news for the singer, whose emotions were torn between moving on to the next round and not.

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