X Factor, the UK show that launched Leona Lewis and the reason Simon Cowell quit American Idol, is coming to the United States, and the producers — perhaps being a little freaked out by the lack of decent APA talent on Idol since Jasmine Trias — are specifically looking for Asian American talent. Unlike Idols, auditioners can be pre-existing groups, and there is no upper age limit. (Translation: Plan on every Filipino uncle who has used a Magic Mike to show up; expect to hear “My Way” a lot.) Full audition info is available after the jump.
What are we looking for?
We’re looking for solo singers, girl groups, duos, boy bands or vocal groups. Maybe you and your friends have always wanted to form a group? Now is your time!
The competition is open to everyone that is 12 years old (as of March 1, 2011) and above, with no age cap. Any type of music works – pop, rock, rap, country, R&B, alternative, hip-hop… you name it!
Where are we going? This could be your first step to competing for the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music. We are only going to six cities, so make your plans now!
Los Angeles: Sunday March 27th – L.A Sports Arena (Registration – March 26th)
Miami: Thursday April 7th – Bank United Center (Registration – April 6th)
NYC / New Jersey: Thursday April 14th – The Prudential Center (Registration – April 13th)
Seattle: Wednesday April 20th – Key Arena (Registration – April 19th)
Chicago: Wednesday April 27th – Sears Centre (Registration – April 26th)
Dallas: Thursday May 26th – Dallas Convention Center (Registration – May 25th)
How does it work?
You MUST register and pick up your wristband the day prior to the audition. The registration is simple – you can stop by anytime within 24 hours prior to the audition day – starting at 6am. If you plan on bringing family and friends to your audition, they must register as well.
You MUST bring two (2) forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card).
You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work freely in the US, and not currently under a recording contract.
Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning or supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name).
If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor’s parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child’s birth certificate that includes the parent’s name with the child’s name on the certificate.
On the day of the audition, you need to arrive at the venue before 8am. Please prepare a verse and a chorus of 3 songs without tracks or instruments. Pick your song choice wisely as it should represent you as an artist. Whether you are a soloist or a vocal group, remember this is your time to shine, so make sure that you are well rehearsed and dressed to impress! There will be a long wait so prepare for the day with suitable snacks, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, please visit our website at www.fox.com/thexfactor; Toll free information line: 855 345 5678.
If successful, you will need to be available the next day.