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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."

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SomethingPitchy: What It's Like to Audition for 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Aug 6th 2010 2:00PM
American Idol AuditionsNew Jersey has become a breeding ground for reality show hopefuls recently, but this week's 'American Idol' auditions brought out people with talents other than bench pressing and fist pumping.

'Idol' wannabes swarmed the Izod Center in East Rutherford hoping to sing for the producers of the show, different from past years when the auditions held the chance of meeting TV judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and some other musical chairs cast of characters.

Rejected singers told SomethingPitchy that mostly tweens were making it to the next round due in large part to 'Idol' lowering its age minimum to 15 this season. Season 10 just might end up being made up entirely of Bieber-a-likes. (Dear god, no.)

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Want To Be On 'Glee'? Here's Your Chance (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:24PM
GleeObsessive 'Glee' fans, please keep your screaming to a minimum after watching this video.

Matthew Morrison
(Will) is here to tell you how you can become a part of the show. Yes, you can become a cast member of 'Glee.'

Fans between the ages of 16 and 26 can go to this MySpace page and upload their audition video singing a 'Glee' song, such as 'Don't Rain On My Parade,' 'Defying Gravity' and 'Alone.' The songs must be sung a cappella or with one instrument via MySpace Karaoke. The videos can be no longer than five minutes in length. There's a limit of one video per person.

All videos must be uploaded to the MySpace page by Apr. 26.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Didi Benami Honors Her Best Friend on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 4th 2010 4:30AM
Didi Benami honors her best friend on 'American Idol'Didi Benami has one of those sad stories we so often hear about on 'American Idol' (Wed., 9PM ET on FOX). On last night's show, she told about her best friend who'd died four years earlier. "Rebecca is absolutely the reason I pursue music," she said tearfully. "She believed in me when I didn't even know if I believed in myself."

But the judges loved both Didi's unique rendition of 'Hey Jude' and her voice -- enough to put her straight through to Hollywood.

She does have a great voice, but sometimes the emotional folks can't always take the pressures of Hollywood. We're hoping Didi makes it to the Top 12.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Adrian Chandtchi is a Manflower on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 4th 2010 1:00AM
American Idol, Adrian ChandtchiAdrian Chandtchi is a beautiful Manflower, and don't you forget it. "I will blossom with beautiful big petals blossoming out, and keep blossoming 'til it shows its entire glory and beauty," he said at his 'American Idol' (Wed., 9PM ET on FOX) audition.

Ok, but can the 6'8" man-child-flower sing? No, not really. He squeaked out Elvis Presley's 'Can't Help Falling in Love With You,' and the whole thing was like a scene out of an Adam Sandler movie. As Kara DioGuardi said, "There's like a small schoolboy trapped inside you."

Simon Cowell added, "Either that or you've eaten one." Ok, that was uncalled for, Simon. But man, is Adrian earnest! After getting a very polite boot from the judges, the 17-year-old high school student looked right at them and said, "You have my number. If you want to do recall backs, then call me."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Bikini Boy Gets the Brush-Off from 'American Idol' Judges (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 11:02PM
American Idol, Season 9, Bikini Boy, Denver AuditionsOk, seriously, this guy's a genius. Bikini Boy?! Sheer brilliance. But the 'American Idol' (Tues., 8PM ET on FOX) judges didn't even give him a chance! Hey, at least Bikini Girl got a real audition, even though Kara hated her.

But, nope, he only got through the first few words of Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Achy Breaky Heart,' and the judges were packing up to go. "Don't move your hips like that, honey," said Kara. "It's not a good look."

So Bikini Boy was left standing in a room by himself. "They're coming back, right?" Sorry, sweetie.

Watch the video after the jump.

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So You Think You Can Dance: Phoenix Auditions

by Michael Pascua, posted Sep 17th 2009 12:38AM
A hopeful contestant welcomes us to Phoenix (S06E02) The auditions arrive for the first time in Phoenix, and our guest judge is Mia Michaels. Choreography was the focus this week, and we'll end up seeing Anya and Pasha's "simple" choreography a lot in the future. I'm disappointed that they don't change choreo every audition spot.

Last week's auditions focused on tap dancers and cute contemporary women. I was hoping that Fox would mix it up this week. Although we got a handful more contemporary women, we're given one of the best breakers. Breakdancers are what can differentiate this show from Dancing with the Stars.

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So now Simon and Randy miss Paula

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 8th 2009 2:32PM
PAula_Randy_SimonOh sure, now that she's not there anymore, they miss her. Sounds like a familiar story, but this is American Idol. Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell are missing Paula Abdul at the judge's table. They're in the midst of the audition process, using guest judges like Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth, and Randy confessed that he's looked over for Paula during the process and wondered, "Where's my P?"

Simon, who seems to have a lexicon all his own, said that he misses Paula, too. But in his bizarre way with words, he compared the new Idol atmosphere as different, like "comparing a carrot to a banana."

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Kristin Chenoweth on board as American Idol guest judge

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 27th 2009 10:04PM
Could the departure of Paula Abdul from American Idol actually result in a revitalization and renewal of the Fox monster hit? I ask that question because in the past couple of days, guest judges have been announced to sit in Paula's place and I'm absolutely psyched by the choices. The other day it was How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris. Today, Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth has been snagged as an American Idol guest judge. She's currently filming auditions in Orlando, Florida.

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Neil Patrick Harris is the latest American Idol guest judge

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 25th 2009 7:39PM
Neil_Patrick_Harris_CBSOf all the names bandied about as replacement judges and guest judges on American Idol, I can honestly tell you that today's name made me smile. How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris is filling in as a guest judge on American Idol as they conduct auditions in Dallas, Texas.

Neil is not only one of the funniest talents around, but he is a legitimate singer who has appeared on Broadway, hosted the Tony Awards (and the upcoming Emmys, too) and knows what it takes to sing professionally. And let's not forget Dr. Horrible.

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Have you ever seen the SNL auditions of Belushi, Carvey, and Hartman?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2009 11:39AM
This is an interesting find: the Saturday Night Live audition tapes for Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Will Ferrell, and Dana Carvey. Below is Hartman's audition, and after the jump Carvey's two audition bits (Choppin' Broccoli!).

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American Idol to hold auditions sans judges while mulling fates of Abdul, DioGuardi

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 3rd 2009 1:27PM
Kara DioGuardi and Paula AbdulGet on your craziest costume and ask your mom again if you really, really can sing because it's time to start the process of making an ass of yourself on national television all over again. Only this time, the crazies who go to the first round of auditions won't get the chance to sing in front of the judges until a callback sometime later this summer. That's because while they want to get the audition process under way, American Idol doesn't know if they're bringing back Paula Abdul or Kara DioGuardi.

I wonder if this move will keep some of the crazies away. Now you're looking at two entirely separate trips just to look stupid on television. Will it still be worth it? Sure, the local crazies will still come out, but what about the travelers? It is interesting to note that Idol is changing the process up this much due to contract questions. That must mean that they're really not sure about one or both of the women's return to the show. DioGuardi was on a one-year deal, while Abdul's multi-year contract ended this season.

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So You Think You Can Dance: NYC and Denver Auditions

by Michael Pascua, posted May 22nd 2009 12:25AM
One excited auditioner on So You Think You Can Dance?
"Your metal rod is showing" – Sonya Tayeh

(S05E01) Screams and potential contestants wailing to the cameras start off our show. What did I get myself into? Cat Deeley preps us that we have thousands of dancers, six cities, lots of tears, and one obsessively screaming judge. I guess we don't get an explanation as to what happened to Joshua, other than making it to the opening credits. Whatever did happen to Step Up 3D? Let's hope it doesn't go straight to DVD.

We started the night with New York City's auditions, specifically in Brooklyn. Cat does the Brooklyn Dance while more people dance for the camera. Our judges today are Nigel, Mary, and Tabitha & Napoleon, our favorite lyrical hip-hop choreographers. The dancers still have the same process for auditions: win (straight to Vegas), lose (rejection) or draw (choreography round where the judges will make their decisions).

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American Idol: Jacksonville Auditions

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 28th 2009 1:03AM
american idol jacksonvilleThe first 20 seconds of this show have already freaked me out. Ryan and Simon are in the back of a limo and they're just flirting. They're smiling and giggling, and it feels like I'm looking in on a first date. Moving on ...

American Idol
continues to try to make this my favorite season ever by reminding America that Randy used to play with Journey. Not only did he tell America "Don't stop believin'," but he did so while wearing a large amount of spandex. And for that reason, he will always be my favorite judge.

This episode just gets weirder when we see that the limo Ryan and Simon are in has a police escort. There are literally half a dozen sheriff's vehicles surrounding them as they are driven to the audition site. Now, I used to live in Florida and I still have family there, so I visit quite often. Let me tell you: Florida police have way bigger things going on that could use their attention. This does not strike me as a clever use of resources.

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American Idol auditions announced

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 26th 2008 1:52PM
American Idol auditions The eighth season of American Idol will begin auditions on Thursday July 17th in San Francisco. Other cities that will be holding try-outs for the hit singing competition show are Louisville, Kentucky; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; Kansas City, Missouri; Jacksonville, Florida; East Rutherford, New Jersey; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Any TV Squad readers going to sing for Paula, Randy and Simon? If I were to audition (and I won't), I think I'd sing something by Stevie Wonder (cause no one ever sings anything by him), or Mariah Carey (cause her songs are super easy), or maybe I'd just do my own composition and dedicate it to Simon (he likes that stuff).

More audition information is after the jump.

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