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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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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • March 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    Never ever be the last contestant to arrive to the XFactor. By the end of the day the judges really don’t listen to the last of last. I was there for moral support and I heard a lot of talent. However, when it was all said and done at the end of the day (close to midnight), the young lady in booth #9 either didn’t know true talent or was just tired of sitting there and rushing the contestants out. She past up some really great talent! One young lady that have been on the Apollo Theatre and made it through that tough crowd and another young lady that have done numerous of paid events. Simon Cowell really needs to make sure his judges are somewhat musically inclined!

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