Zoe Alexander looks likely to become the focus of much debate. Should the Pink impersonator, who ended up having an emotional and violent breakdown on stage (and off it), have been shown on ITV1 primetime? There's no problem having open auditions, but was it fair to make a spectacle of a contestant who so clearly has issues to deal with?
On a more positive note, there were heart-warming performances from 16-year-old student Ella, who justified the new rule allowing acts to sing their own songs, dedicating her track to her late grandfather. The teenager will go down as an early favourite with the bookmakers, but may suffer from over-hype across the long haul - a fate suffered by many top acts in the first auditions shows (Danyl Johnson and Janet Devlin spring to mind!).
Elsewhere, we had a Cookie Monster-warbling walking advert for Nandos, who was a better flirt than singer, and some geek-rock stylings form 18-year-old Curtis. ASDA worker Jahmene proved a sweetheart as well - you could almost hear the collective 'aah' from the nation's mums watching.
Mel B proved to be a hit guest judge, bringing some much needed bite and (scary) spice to the panel. Not many people can get away with telling a doddery 82-year-old man warbling Adele songs to shove off, but for some reason we loved her for it.
We'll hold out for the live shows to see how well Scherzinger gels with her fellow panelists, but for the time being the atmosphere has become less frosty between the foursome, who looked sick of the sight of each other by last year's finale at Wembley.
What did you make of this evening's launch show? Who was your favourite act? What did you make of Zoe and Pink-gate?