Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” lures record number to L.A. auditions
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Auditions for the U.S. version of “The X Factor” are underway this morning in Los Angeles, and by all accounts, a record number of hopefuls braved bad weather to try and get on Simon Cowell’s new talent program.
“A swarming crowd of around 18,000 people are assembled in the car park at the LA Sports Arena in Downtown Los Angeles – making it the largest talent show turnout the city has seen,” the London Daily Mail reported, commenting on Cowell’s latest sure-to-be massive project after “American Idol.”
“L.A. is known for producing amazing talent,” executive producer Andrew Linares told the L.A. Times. “People usually head to L.A. to try and make it. So we’re very hopeful that in the midst of all these people are some potential contenders.”
I wonder if that many people would have shown up if they knew they wouldn’t get to meet Cowell. The Daily Mail notes that auditioners “will perform in front of producers of the show, rather than the judges.” As of now, Cowell will join music producer Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid for the program, though more judges are expected to be named soon.
“The X Factor” will premiere in the States this fall.
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