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The X Factor delivered last night, marking the return of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul working together joined by judges L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger. And for a couple of brief scenes Cheryl Cole — who was replaced by Nicole — was seen at the judges’ table. And how about the talent?

Stacy Francis, a 42-year-old mother who has just escaped an abusive relationship, certainly raised the bar, getting the crowd cheering and proving no matter how old you are, dreams come true.

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“I’ve been doing this for a long, long time, and that was one of the best auditions I have ever heard in my life,” Simon, the toughest critic, gushed. “You did more than sing it, you believed in it. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.”

Watch Stacy’s performance below.

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We want to know, what did you think of The X Factor premiere? Sound off in the comments.

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