Creator and Executive Prouder Simon Cowell is bringing to FOX, the successful British import talent show that has produced such world-wide talent as Leona Lewis, called “The X Factor”.
The Americanized version started filming in Los Angeles on May 8th. The show filmed selected Los Angeles auditions from the show’s open casting calls held last month. The show travels next to Chicago, New Jersey, Miami, Dallas, and Seattle to find the best of the best. The winner of this competition wins a $5 million grand prize.
Inside the the walls of “The Galen Center” where the show filmed for two days in Los Angeles, Simon Cowell took to the stage and addressed the audience by telling they that they are the fifth judge!
Cowell then introduces judge L.A. Reid (a.k.a. Antonio Reid). Reid, making sure to start-out on the right foot, said to the crowd -”I’m not the Randy of the group. I don’t say dawg”. Reid then introduces judge and former “American Idol” judge, Paula Abdul.
Paula says “I’m thrilled to be invited back. It’s a blessing to be part of this” Abdul was a guest judge on the British version of “The X Factor”. Abdul introduced the next judge, Cheryl Cole.
Cheryl says “Thank you so much for the warm welcome and enjoy the process. And please bare with my accent”.
The show opener talent was a male duo called “B Squared”. They sang “Waterfalls” by TLC. Cowell told them to pick another song. They switched their tune to “Proud Mary”. Another act was a vocal ringer for Rihanna. They came-out wearing tu-tus and sang a “Maroon 5″ song.
Unlike “American Idol” which has a strict cut-off age limit of 28, “The X Factor” has no upper age limit. Sunday’s show saw some acts from the senior citizens age-range.
A 52-year-old woman sang “Wind Beneath my Wings”. Cowell commented that she sounded like someone playing the piano with their toes. “Jetta”, a 61-year-old female rocker screamed to “I touch myself” for her talent song choice.
One contestant to watch for is a charming and lovable 13-year-old Rachel Crow who out-performs most of the contestants that day, and received the first audience standing ovation.
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