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'The X Factor' Winner to Get $5 Million Record Deal

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 7th 2011 12:45PM
The X Factor logoWhen the American version of Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' premieres in the fall, it'll have the highest stakes yet of any televised talent competition. Cowell announced today that the winner of the inaugural season will win a $5 million record deal with Sony Music.

Contestants must be 12 years old to enter, and unlike 'American Idol,' there's no age limit for aspiring singers.

"I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group," Cowell said in a statement. "I've never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract. I'm doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar."

Auditions are scheduled to begin March 27 and will be held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York and Seattle.

Though the show won't premiere for several months, Fox didn't let its prime Super Bowl advertising slots go to waste. Here's one of the newest commercials for the yet-to-be-shot show.

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I have found that most of the singers put so much of thier own spin on the anthem, that I no longer listen when they come on. It is our national anthem. Sing it the way it was written and not like a rock video. I don't know of any other country where this is done. To me it is disrespectful and those who book the singers at events should stress the "sing it the way it was written" clause......As a citizen and a veteran I look forward to better singing.

February 07 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Shake your head , your eyes are stuck . What Does the National Anthem have to do with the x-factor ?

February 07 2011 at 7:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I will never understand the need for reality rude TV. It says something about our society: that we're mean, rude and inconsiderate. I can't stand any of these mindless and abusive shows. If I wanted hatefulness, I'd just turn on Fox News!

February 07 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I have a funny hunch that when X factor starts, there goes Idol. I wish they kept it Tuesday/ Wednesday's.

February 07 2011 at 4:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Color me happy! Can't get enough of Simon and his laser sharp truth-o-meter.

February 07 2011 at 4:03 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Don't you think there is enough talent shows on the air now!!!!

February 07 2011 at 3:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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