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The X Factor.... Have You Got It?

March 25, 2011

Do you have what it takes to be a star? Because that's what Simon Cowell is looking for in his new show, "The X Factor" which will debut this fall on Fox Television.

"The premise of the show is to find a star," said Cowell. "We're seeing a new generation of stars at the moment. I hope we find somebody who is current, who is original, maybe somebody who might not normally enter a show like this and I hope we can encourage that kind of person. We don't just want a winner, we want a star."

"The X Factor" is open to solo singers and vocal groups age 12 and up, with auditions starting Sunday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles. The winner gets a $5 million record contract. The show originated in Britain, where it is a hit and has discovered such top-selling artists as Leona Lewis.

Cowell, for those who might have been living in a cave for the past decade, was a judge on the first season of "American Idol" in 2002. He appeared as a judge on the show until January 2010.

"The X Factor" is Cowell's creation, which replaced "Idol" in the United Kingdom.

Offering a record $5 million cash prize and a recording contract to the winner, "The X Factor" has named Grammy-winning music executive and producer Antonio "L.A." Reid as a judge on the show. Reid is stepping down as chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group.

The additional judges who will sit next to Cowell on "The X Factor" have yet to be named.

After Los Angeles the search for the next global superstar will continue in Miami, Fla., on Thursday, April 7; Newark, N.J., on Thursday, April 14; Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday, April 20; Chicago, Ill.,, on Wednesday, April 27; and Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, May 26. For More Information