X Factor USA panel flounder as Simon Cowell steals the show and Nicole Scherzinger faces strong criticism

Simon Says! X Factor USA panel flounder as Cowell steals the show while Nicole faces strong criticism

Out on a limb: Simon couldn

Out on a limb: Simon couldn”t find a worthy sparring partner tonight as his fellow judges failed to ignite

Always looking for an ally: Nicole mirrored Simon and Nicole, unsure of what kind of judge she wants to be

Always looking for an ally: Nicole mirrored Simon and Nicole, unsure of what kind of judge she wants to be

Here they come: Nicole looked nervous and didn

Tears before bedtime: You can guarantee there will be with Paula, and it

Sisters are doing it for themselves: Nicole tried to forge unit with Paula but it wasn

The invisible man: Steve Jones is ignored by Tia and Simone, his presence barely perceptible on the show

The invisible man: Steve Jones is ignored by Tia and Simone, his presence barely perceptible on the show

So proud: Whoever you are, Nicole will be proud of you

So proud: Whoever you are, Nicole will be proud of you

Your country needs you... to copy Simon: L.A tried to equal Cowell

Your country needs you… to copy Simon: L.A tried to equal Cowell”s wit

Desperation: But Nicole resorted to repeating one phrase verbatim

Desperation: But Nicole resorted to repeating one phrase verbatim

Kiss of life: Even Paula and Simon

Nobody to play with: Even Simon lacked conviction as the banter failed to flow

Nobody to play with: Even Simon lacked conviction as the banter failed to flow