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Thousands Turn Out for 'The X Factor' Auditions

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 28th 2011 7:50AM
Simon CowellNot even the rainy weather could dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of hopefuls who showed up for 'The X Factor' auditions over the weekend.

The first auditions for Simon Cowell's new show took place on Sunday in Los Angeles, and the Daily Mail reports that an estimated 18,000+ hopefuls turned out to the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

It is reported that freeways were jammed around the arena and hundreds of contestants even camped overnight in order to get a good spot.

A show insider is quoted saying, "The scenes down here are crazy. There are around 18,000 people here and the numbers are growing by the second. There's gridlock on the freeways into the venue, its absolute chaos. These auditions are going to be going on well into the night -- there are a lot of people to get through."

A large motivational factor could very well be the $5 million record deal with Sony that the winner of the show receives.

The money, plus fact that contestants can be as young as 12 years old, helped draw the large crowds. Contestants ranging in age from 12 to 87 years old reportedly showed up for the auditions.

Saturday's auditions were also the first round where hopefuls would be performing in front of the producers of the show rather than the judges.

As of now, the entire line up of judges has not been revealed. So far, only Cowell and famed record producer, Antonio 'L.A.' Reid have been confirmed as judges.

The next audition will be held in Miami on April 6th.

'The X Factor' premieres this fall on FOX.

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I can't wait until they come to MIAMI April 7th! If you wanna join me there, check out the sign-up info! www.fox.com/theXfactor

March 30 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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