"The X Factor" continues tonight and Justin Bieber is in the house! L.A. Reid's house that is. In Beverly Hills: Swimming pools. Movie stars.

His pad is palatial and has great views of the city. You'd think L.A. would be a very happy man. But no, he's Mr. Growly. He resents that he has been assigned the "older" bunch of singers. This is the over-25 group, but the way he sees it you'd think they're all on Medicare, croon through their dentures and fart dust.

"I really didn't want this category. I'm known for developing young artists like Justin Bieber," mutters L.A., who tells his charges that they have to "prove to me that you're worth my time."

Translation: Old people are icky.

Here we go:

-- Jason Brock, 35, of San Francisco is the first contestant to audition out in the backyard, delivering a crisp rendition of Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry." "He didn't hold back at all. I think he gave it everything and it showed," says the Bieb. "But it's not only about that ..."

Could he be alluding to Brock's nerdy demeanor? Is he really a star?

-- David Correy, all tatted up, is next. He's an ancient 26, but somehow he manages to be as smooth as silk on Jessie J's "Domino." Says L.A., "There were some notes that were giving me chill bumps." Bieb likes his look, and Beib's manager loves his passion. But will they let Correy out of the old folks' home to chase stardom?


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-- Daryl Black, 37, from Elk Grove, is next and he does my favorite Hall and Oates' song -- "She's Gone." Sweet. Justin says his voice is "powerful and strong," but Mr. Cranky Pants L.A. disagrees. "I didn't find the voice tone to be unique," he says. "I just didn't. I thought it was just singing."

-- Tate Stevens, 37, the bearded cowboy, takes his turn at bat. You get the feeling the odds are stacked against him. Not only is he an "old" guy, but he's country -- not exactly Justin or L.A.'s specialty. And sure enough, the Bieb says Stevens is "charismatic," but isn't sure he'd hand over a $5 million contract to him.

-- Vino Alan, 40, brings his soulful and gritty voice to Pink's "Sober." Bieber loves it: "That was a great performance. I felt it--emotionally, I felt it." But L.A. wasn't so sure about the full "package."

-- Tara Simon, 27, is pretty cocky. "I feel like I will win the whole thing," she proclaims. "I've always been a star. People have just now caught onto it." She belts out Hoobastank's "The Reason." She definitely has a big voice, but the guys think she needs more "sweet moments."

By the end of the auditions, L.A. is having a change of heart. These golden oldies aren't so bad, after all. And he admits that he has some tough choices to make.

After the 877th commercial for Pepsi, we go up the coast to Britney Spears' house in Malibu, where she's evaluating her teen titans, along with will.i.am while the ocaen sparkles in the background.

Here's the lineup:

-- Diamond Whie, the 13-year-old dynamo, brings a tender sweetness to Avril Lavigne's "With You." She's amazing, but Brit thinks she need to work "a little more on her stage performance and her confidence." Meanwhile, the other kids are wowed. "How do you compete against that?" asks one of them.

-- Reed Deming, 13, a little Bieber wannabe, delivers a dramatic rendition of "Delilah" by Plain White T's. He's adorable and more mature than his years, but Brit noticed that he was nervous and believes he could have been better. will.i.am called him "a little emperor kid."

-- James Tanner, a 15-year-old white rapper might "party like a rock star," but he doesn't exactly look the part. Brit says he's "entertaining," but she's not convinced it's strong enough. Oh, that Brit. She's hard to please.

-- Arin Ray, 17, was here last year, but in the group category. Now, he's a lone wolf. He smoothly eases his way through Nicki Minaj's "Starships." Ms. Spears says that he needs to work on his vocals a bit, but "I love watching him." will.i.am says he has loads of potential.

-- Beatrice Miller, 13, is a bundle of nerves. She feels "crappy" and has a little cry before she goes on. But then she turns in a solid cover of David Guetta's "Titanium." will.i.am claims, "That was fresh," but Britney again has some reservations. "I feel like she needs to control her voice a little more," says the former Mouseketeer. "She's a little loud."

-- Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13, wants to be a "superstar" and she has a big, beautiful voice to go along with her aspiration. She is so good on Karmin's "Brokenhearted" that will.i.am is convinced "she's possessed." Better keep an eye on this girl.

Both Britney and L.A. need to cut their stable of six singers down to four for the live shows. They make their picks, but, of course, we don't learn who they are. That's for next week, silly. Stay tuned.