The X Factor US audition schedule is coming together.  Check it out below:

  • Sunday, March 27 in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena
  • Miami, FL, on Thursday, April 7 – Bank United Center
  • Newark, NJ, on Thursday, April 14 – Prudential Center
  • Seattle, WA, on Wednesday, April 20 – Key Arena
  • Chicago, IL, on Wednesday, April 27 – Sears Centre Arena
  • Dallas, TX (date to be announced).

With auditions beginning in a month, an announcement regarding the host and judges’ panel can’t be far behind.

After the jump, watch Simon Cowell explain X Factor in 3 + minutes!

Video after the JUMP…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfgB67ZbChc

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  • Valentin432

    Anyone finds it ironic that they chose Danyl Johnson to illustrate that “if you can nail it in front of 3 000 people you’re going to make it as a star”?

  • smartalek

    This show will not work if Simon doesn’t allow in plants. It’s not idol, most regular folk haven’t a clue that this show exists and won’t be coming to audition fot it, IMO, it’s like AI season 1 all over again except this time the concept has been tried and done already so really, there is no logical reason for it to take off!

  • tinawina

    $5 million dollars will bring out a lot of people.

    I think he did a good job of making it seem like its not going to be an idol rehash, emphasizing the all ages thing and the auditioning in front of an audience. How long is this show going to run anyway? I hope it is not 5 months. Please be more like 3. **pipe dreams**

  • Tess

    Without the 5 million incentive Simon would be hard pressed to get top notch talent to audition….everyone knows he likes to push the sob stories (SuBo) or make recording stars out of mediocre talent while sending out true talent to sink or swim in the real world. Unless Simon can claim all the glory he could care less if someone succeeds…so I hope the winner grabs their millions and runs fast in the opposite direction.

  • BootStar

    $5 million is a LOT of incentive for some enterprising peeps to try to influence the voting. Do we know how they’ll tabulate the votes?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Unless Simon nixes them, I’ll bet that anyone cut from AI will show up at the X-Factor auditions. I’ll bet that Chris Medina will be there.

  • gangreen29

    Unless Simon nixes them, I’ll bet that anyone cut from AI will show up at the X-Factor auditions. I’ll bet that Chris Medina will be there.

    Everyone who made the top 40 this season had to sign a contract through August that would preclude them from trying out for X-Factor.

  • tinawina

    Unless Simon nixes them, I’ll bet that anyone cut from AI will show up at the X-Factor auditions. I’ll bet that Chris Medina will be there.

    I wonder if they CAN audition for Idol. Isn’t there some kind of clause about not doing anything until after May? I vaguely remember a bruhaha around Josiah Lemming’s (?) signing.

    EAT: Thanks gangreen! That’s what I thought.

  • Kirsten

    Everyone who made the top 40 this season had to sign a contract through August that would preclude them from trying out for X-Factor

    It will be interesting to see what the X-Factor auditions do to AI next year. AI only has the top 40 locked up since they sliced down to that number in November. X-Factor probably isn’t going to be that far along in their audition process when AI starts its. So, XF has the potential to lock up a lot more contestants.

    Still 100K try out for these shows. There has to be a lot of talented people in the mix that don’t even get past the arena gargoyles.

  • gangreen29

    Why are they mostly on weekdays? This isn’t the summer, that will make it harder for high school and college students to try out.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Everyone who made the top 40 this season had to sign a contract through August that would preclude them from trying out for X-Factor.

    Thanks, gangreen. I didn’t realize that the top 40 would all be subjected to that part of the contract, even if they got cut.

  • Valentin432

    It will be interesting to see what the X-Factor auditions do to AI next year. AI only has the top 40 locked up since they sliced down to that number in November. X-Factor probably isn’t going to be that far along in their audition process when AI starts its. So, XF has the potential to lock up a lot more contestants.

    I’m curious to see how many people they will try to lock up.

    The talent pool is always a question in these type of shows. In other countries you can clearly see the shows scratching the bottom of the barrel, this is even more apparent for SYTYCD because there aren’t that many great dancers available to the show but other versions of idol begin to cast a lot of people who didn’t make it the previous seasons.
    The USA is clearly a country with a lot of talent so far I don’t really thing Idol has had too much problem finding new talent, but with so many shows looking for the same thing, there could be problems in the future.

    If the format stays the same for X factor US, there will be between 6 to 8 (with WC) contestants in the finals that could have been on idol (depending on how many under 15 they have). I could see them locking up the people that go to the judges house, meaning around 12 to 16 people.

  • iFly55

    5 Million Dollars cash sounds better than a record deal from Idol

    Imagine your 16 and you win, not only do you get a record deal + publicity/fan base but you also get $5 million dollars !!

    Do Idol winners get cash allowance? I remember reading finalists get like a few thousand dollars for participating

  • Listening

    I’m curious does anybody know if the people who get locked into a contract due to reaching the top 40 get monetary compensation? I’m thinking like $50 or $100 a month. For many of these people singing is their livelihood and if they can’t accept gigs they’re up the river w/out a paddle.

  • Jae

    There will be some potential overlap but xfactor pulls from a MUCH wider pool of performers: Remember groups can audition I think, right? And no age limit. So that is huge amount of performance talent that Idol doesn’t even touch. I think if I was a young talented person, the 5 million would make me audition for Xfactor first then Idol.

  • Jewlmc

    I have no doubt in my mind that Idol is going to up their prize money. 1 Million isn’t set in stone. Do we really think they are going to sit back and allow the show to become the second stop for performers?