Season two winner to receive $5 million recording contract with Sony Music
Artists with pre-existing management contracts can now audition
"The X Factor" is expanding its audition process to reach more singers than any talent show ever before in its search to find the best new solo artists and vocal groups in America. In addition and new for season two, artists with pre-existing management contracts can now audition (subject to limited restrictions).
America's best undiscovered talent can audition for "The X Factor" season two as follows:
•Online auditions open March 1 at www.TheXFactorUSA.com.
•MyStudio HD Recording Studios across America open March 1.
•Open calls begin March 14 in Kansas City, Miss., and continue in Austin, Texas (March 22); San Francisco (April 20); Greensboro, N.C. (May 1); and an additional city to be announced.
"The X Factor" reopens its invitation to all of America, ages 12 and over with no upper age limit, to audition for season two (subject to full eligibility requirements). This fall's No. 1 unscripted series discovered such diverse recording artists as winner Melanie Amaro, and finalists Astro, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow, who have all signed major deals with Sony Music.
Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid will return as judges to "The X Factor" this fall on FOX. Additional judges to be announced.
"We wanted to change a few things this year, so starting with the auditions, we've torn up the rulebook again. Even if you have management you can still enter, and we are making it easier by extending the online auditions and taking the MyStudio booths to even more cities. You can enter as many times as you want and come to any of the cities, too. We're here to discover stars from all music styles including groups. I really believe a group can win this show!" said Simon Cowell, show producer, judge and mentor.
"In the music industry, when you're looking for new talent you can discover it anywhere. 'The X Factor' is opening this up to go further than anyone has before, and that's what it takes, so I can't wait to see what amazing talent we might find. I urge people to go out and audition, this is the real deal," Reid said.
Audition information and audition details, including rules and eligibility requirements, are available at www.TheXFactorUSA.com. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information, rules and registration forms.
Amaro was crowned "The X Factor" season one winner and was awarded the biggest prize in TV history, a $5 million recording contract, as well as her own Pepsi commercial featuring Sir Elton John. Her album is due out later this spring.