Season two X Factor

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The first ever debut of X Factor now in the history book. Incredible Melanie Amaro won the world’s only $5 million singing contract. Most of the finalists have already signed recording contracts with Sony Music. It is time to get ready for the Season Two of the X Factor.

The auditions for the season two is in progress. Organizers are expanding the way auditions are conducted to reach the maximum number of participants. Age limit is 12 and over with no upper age limit. You can choose one of three ways to audition.

In person auditions will be held at Kansas City, MO at Kemper Arena on March 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA at Cow Palace on April 20, 2012; Austin, TX at Frank Erwin Center on March 22, 2012; Greensboro, NC at Coliseum on May 1, 2012; and Providence, RI at Dunkin’ Donuts Center on May 10, 2012.

Online auditions are open to all America subject to above age limit.

The third option is to go to a Mystudio HD Recording Studio near you. They are located at Aiei, HI; Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Tempe, AZ; Franklin, TN; Paramus, NJ; and Mashantucket, CT. Good luck!

X Factor US announces $5 Million Award

X Factor US
has announced the largest award ever for a TV show. Simon Cowell the producer of X Factor announced they will be giving the winner of the X Factor a $5 million recording contract. Previously the largest TV awards were for Survivor and America’s Got Talent at $1 million each.  American Idol does not offer a set dollar award, but provide the winner with a recording contract. While a few like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson have been very successful and may have made more than $5 million in their careers, most winners in American Idol have made average of $1 million in the year following their wins.

“We want someone that will be a global super star.” Said Simon Cowell. “If you win this competition I am gonna put my money where my mouth is.”

George Michael rumored to be judge on X Factor US

It has been rumored that George Michael has signed on to be a judge on the US version of X Factor.  X Factor which is produced by Simon Cowell and is a competition to American Idol has been running in the UK for years. Simon Cowell quit American Idol last year so he can have more time to bring X Factor to the US. The show will be launching in September 2011 in the US.  The format will differ slightly from American Idol, in that the contestants can be anywhere from 12 to any age (vs. 15 to 28 in American Idol).  Also, vocal bands may compete in X Factor. The auditions will also be held in front of live audiences. The remaining judges have not been picked yet.

American Idol Finale, Simon Says Goodbye

Last night was the Finale for season 9 of American Idol and also Simon Cowell’s last night on the show. Simon is is leaving the show to start his US version of X-Factor which is a music contest show similar to American Idol with him being one of the judges. The show has been a hit in the UK for several years. It is not known who the judges will be on the version of X-Factor, but it was rumored that Simon was in talks with Victoria Beckham.  It is also has not been decided who would be replacing Simon next year at American Idol.

On the Finale, Lee Dewyze was crowned the winner and Crystal Bowersox took 2nd place. It was a surprise to many that Crystal did not win as on the night before, the judges seemed to favor Crystal as the winner. Ryan Seacrest announced that the winner won with a difference of 2% in the votes.

Several artists performed at the final, including Alice Cooper, Bee Gees, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morrissette, Hall & Oats, Joe Cocker, Brett Michaels, Chicago, Janet Jackson, Kris Allen and Carrie Underwood. In addition, several group performances included past American Idol winners and top 10 finalists.

Paula Abdul also was present at the show and came on stage to speak about Simon’s departure.