Ex-American Idol star Simon Cowell to hold auditions for The X Factor in Miami April 7
X Factor mastermind Simon Cowell declined to make the same mistake his former colleagues on American Idol did when they passed up Florida for auditions last year -- scheduling tryouts for his new talent show in Miami April 7 at the Bank United Center.
Miami is among six cities where Cowell's X Factor will see people in person, sorting through hopefuls seeking their $5-million performance deal grand prize.
So far, requirements are basic -- you must be at least 12 years old by March 1, a legal U.S. citizen or have ability to work in the country and not have any current record deals in place. Click here for more information.
If all the auditions proceed like Los Angeles' schedule , aspiring contestants will be eligible to get a wristband assuring their place in line beginning 24-hours before the auditions -- no camping out beforehand allowed.
Everyone with wristbands comes back starting at 8 a.m.; if The Factor is scheduled like Idol, then Cowell likely won't be there. Instead, no-name producers would sort through the cattle call auditions to produce finalist heard by Cowell and his fellow, yet-unnamed judges later in the year.
Makes sense that a guy smart as Cowell would come to the state which produced Idol standouts Michael Lynche, Syesha Mercado, Melissa McGhee, Jessica Sierra and Aaron Kelly. Just sayin'.
Fox's press release follows:
THE $5 MILLION AUDITIONS: “THE X FACTOR” UNVEILS AUDITION DATES AND VENUES
THE SEARCH BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 27 IN LOS ANGELES AT THE L.A. SPORTS ARENA
SIGN UP NOW FOR AUDITION INFORMATION AT WWW.FOX.COM/THEXFACTOR
Auditions for the highly anticipated singing competition THE X FACTOR are set to begin on Sunday, March 27 in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena. The search for the next global superstar will continue in Miami, FL, on Thursday, April 7; Newark, NJ, on Thursday, April 14; Seattle, WA, on Wednesday, April 20; Chicago, IL, on Wednesday, April 27; and Dallas, TX (date to be announced).
Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at www.fox.com/theXfactor.
The exciting new competition series is looking for talent young and old alike – with no upper age limit. THE X FACTOR judges will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to make their dreams come true.
In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time a contestant auditions for the judges, he/she will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to become a global superstar and win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.
THE X FACTOR audition cities, dates and venue information are as follows:
CITY DATE VENUE
Los Angeles, CA Sunday, March 27 L.A. Sports Arena
Miami, FL Thursday, April 7 Bank United Center
Newark, NJ Thursday, April 14 Prudential Center
Seattle, WA Wednesday, April 20 Key Arena
Chicago, IL Wednesday, April 27 Sears Centre Arena
Dallas, TX TBA TBA
Wristbands must be obtained from the venue the day prior to auditions. Additional audition details, including eligibility requirements, are available at www.fox.com/theXfactor. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information, rules and registration forms.
Full details regarding the Los Angeles auditions can be found below. Specific information on the subsequent audition cities will be announced shortly.
THE X FACTOR Audition Information: Los Angeles
WHO: Singers and vocal groups 12 years of age or older as of March 1, 2011, who are legal U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the U.S. and do not currently have a music recording contract. Some restrictions apply; please visit www.fox.com/theXfactor for specific information.
WHEN: Sunday, March 27, 2011
WHERE: The L.A. Sports Arena
3939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
HOW: Wristbands will be distributed from approximately 6:00 AM on Saturday, March 26 until approximately 6:00 AM on Sunday, March 27. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to the L.A. Sports Arena by 8:00 AM on Sunday, March 27. Please bring legal photo identification. Any auditioner under 18 years old must be accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.
As previously announced, Pepsi will serve as an official sponsor of THE X FACTOR. The comprehensive sponsorship includes an extensive, multi-platform off-air marketing partnership; weekly in-show integrations and placements; and an immersive content experience online.