Monday, 16 September 2013

How to be as Successful as possible in Auditions some ideas

So you are thinking of auditioning for the x factor 2014?, i have spent some time to come up with a basic guide around some key areas to help you in your quest.

What i want to do with this guide is give you some ideas how to help you get the most out of what you already have, and how to make the most out of your talents and skills.


Inside you might have the potential to go far in the x factor, but what you need to do is learn how to shine in front of the judges, how to bring out your potential to the fullest, and this takes practice and using some techniques, which the aim of the guide is to at least show some new ideas for people to be able to bring there A game when they audition.

So the most important thing you will need to consider is "Preparation" this is what will separate you from the rest of the competition, and preparation will be the key to all aspects of how go about being ready for the x factor auditions next year.

So the first stage of this will be starting out choosing your songs you are going to sing, and then practicing them, you roughly need about 4 or 5 songs to take to a audition, so you will want 2 of those to be your favorite songs that you are the most comfortable with and can sing the best.

The you will need 2 or 3 back up songs, just in case the judges ask "can you sing something else" or "do you have any other songs", if they do not like your first or second song, so the songs are something you need to get right as soon as possible, so that then you can practice them as much as possible in advance.

Try to vary things, so if possible try to choose a song that is popular, a song that is modern, and maybe also a classic song as well if possible, this will show you have some originality and are flexible in front of the judges.

When watching the x factor on tv, the song choices do show as being a very important aspect of who sometimes gets further in the competition so it is important to try and choose well, and also have some variety as well.

So now you are practicing your singing and have chosen your songs to practice, next when it comes time to stand in front of the judges your appearance is another thing they will judge, it seems they do favor people who are appear well dressed.

You like everyone else will have your own personal dress style, that you might need to change slightly to improve your chances at your audition, it is best to try and look as professional and tidy as possible, the judges are looking for someone they can mold themselves, and so they seem to favor people who do have some style but not over the top either.

So far in your preparation, good song choice, and good appearance/dress sense, next lets cover confidence, the judges want to see you shine as much as possible and not be too nervous.

Yes they know people are nervous at auditions, but they are also looking for a glowing confidence also, so how do you achieve this, or at least improve your confidence more then usual?.

One way is you need to learn how to build your own self confidence, and to do this you need to raise your own self esteem, how you think about yourself.

You need to change the way you think about yourself, so all the negative thoughts you have about yourself, turn them into positive thoughts, look at yourself differently, build your self up instead of breaking yourself down, try to have a more positive mental outlook on yourself.

If you are nervous about auditioning, one way of getting used to this apprehension, is to practice your songs in front of friends or family or a mirror etc, this way you will be doing the audition for real in advance, and this will take away the apprehension, if you can practice in front of other people then you will have less trouble practicing in front of the judges.

The good thing as well for practicing in front of friends or family, is to ask them for honest feedback also, and so through that they might be able to give you some good advice on how to improve your performance.

Practice your performance in advance also, so before singing your song, walk out like you are at the actual audition, describe who you are, like your name and age, and what you do in life, then do your song, this way through repeated practice you can perfect your stage presence in advance, and not have any doubts.

By practicing in advance you are removing doubts and the opportunity for mistake, because it will all be like second nature to you, by then, and so you will be so much more confident, your stage presence will be so much better, so by preparing or practicing all the aspects of your audition in advance you are going to come over as professional and impressive to the judges and give yourself the best chance at getting those yes votes.

As always leave feedback in the comments section at the bottom of the page, if you have any questions or advice on how to make the audition process as easy and successful as possible for all us hopefuls!.


95 comments:

  1. Aabout the 5 songs.Who will cut them and make them karaoke?since a contestant wont sing a whole song.and also if you want an open audition you just go to the place it's held at a certain time and that's it?You audition then in front of the audience?Will the judges be able to see all those millions contestants?
    Do you have to be British or Irish to audition?for example if you are from Canada or from Germany you cant?
    Finally,if you get three yeses you gp to bootcamp right?Who tells you the place?You go on your own with your own money?
    Thank you so much for the help!
    :)

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    1. I think the X Factor supply the backing tracks for the Songs you choose?.

      You go to what are called "cattle call auditions" or first stage Auditions first, and if you get through those, then at a later date you get to Audition in front of the Television Judges.

      You can audition from other Countries, but i think you have to be living/working in the UK.

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    2. Will he X factor be comeing to Colorado in 2014? Or is there any way I can find out? Because I really wanna try out but I don't want to travel to a difforent state do to so.

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    3. i want to know who next year's judges are so that i can find out how to impress them so plz post about it and where they take place

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  2. i think all the information you gave me im going to work on it

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  3. Do u know when exactly is the additions for the x factor 2014... what day? what time? and Were ?

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    1. No one does yet, they usually announce that in around march each year, but you can pre-guess some of it, like the auditions always start around april-may, and you know they will use some of the big cities.

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  4. Will it be only in the U.K in 2014..or will ut be in the US as well? And is there a limit to how many people audition..? And will they help out with transportation and money (when get through the auditions) or we do that ourselves? And lastly...how do we get put into groups?

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    1. It does look like there the usa x factor, might be slightly in doubt to me, but, until they say it is finished, then no one knows.

      In the early rounds of auditioning you have to cover your own expenses.

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    2. Ok thanks!!!!

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  5. When you go to bootcamp do you pay for it yourself? What about the other shows?

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    1. I think you have to pay yourself :(

      I think x factor just cover you to go to judges houses.

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  6. How do you know when ansd where the cattle auditions ae held?When you submit who tells you where to go and when?
    At thee cattle auditions you dont audition in front of the judges?who?
    about thee money?the bus that takes you to the bootcamp?while bootcamp where do you stay?if your home is far away where do you go?
    Finally,how much money do you neeed to spend?and what information you givwe about you when submitting,taking a number?
    Thnx a lot!

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    1. i would think it can be expensive to travel to auditions if you live long ways away, then you are at these auditions for at least 2 days, so you have to stay someplace, you don't go before the judges until passing at least, the first stage, they post the dates for the cattle call auditions in march or april i think, hope that helps, so you do need to have some savings to audition unless you live near the venues etc.

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    2. Thanks so much.So at the auditions that the xfactor videos show it's the cattle auditions right?Judges wouldn't see all those people right?:)

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    3. yeah, the part we see on tv, is later on, people have already gone through cattle call style auditions which do not get televised, the x make it look like it is the start with the tv auditions, but it is not, these people have all ready had to get through cattle call, before the tv section is later on, or later rounds of auditioning.

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  7. Extremely helpful and very well-written. Thank you for such a worthwhile insightful contribution that everyone will benefit from reading.

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  8. If you want to audition fo the xfactor were do you sign up were is it when is it and what tine

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  9. Ok well I been trying how to audition for X factor how do u sign up please help me

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    1. you cannot sign up yet, the x factor 2014 application forms will go online in december this year, then you can sign up.

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    2. um where can you find the application forms

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  10. Can u audition by sending a video

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    1. you can but not until next year.

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  11. Live shows are held on one place?one arena?or you have to travel to different places,if you are on the live shows of course!

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    1. just at one place like in the uk, they are wembley arena i think.

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  12. Could I partecipate even though I'm a foreigner? I mean, I come from Europe and I'm gonna move to New York the next year to study and maybe to work too, and I always wanted to audition for X-factor USA, but I don't know exactly how this kinda things work.. and do you know if perhaps there'll be audition right in NY? Thanks a lot!

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    1. Yes you can, if you are living and studying in New York, then you will be able to go to one of the x factor usa auditions.

      And they do have auditions near New York every year, with it being one of the major usa cities.

      For foreigner's to audition they need to be living or studying or working in the country to audition, in the x factor rules, which you would qualify as a student living and studying there.

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  13. So I want to audition for x-factor but I have extreme stage fright :( and it makes me nervous

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    1. i know what you mean, i actually think that is one of the biggest challenges for a lot of us.

      there is so much advice online on how to deal with things like this, that is what i would advise, is to research into how to cope with nerves and stage fright.

      it can be alleviated with the right techniques, then you get your audition practiced so you are confident with performing.

      when you get to the x factor auditions, the best advice is to get there, and get chatting to other people who are there, there will be lots of people, and a lot of nervous people.

      so it is good with nerves to realise that you are not alone.

      if you go audition, get talking to the people who are in the queue's with you, you will find people just as well who are nervous, to be one step ahead of this, make sure you have your audition practiced in advance.

      then when it comes to auditioning you will find it not so bad, also go to the auditions with a friend or family member, this is a good way to alleviate the nerves.

      if you go alone then you will be more nervous and apprehensive, but, if you go the auditions with a friend or family member you will feel a lot better.

      and go with the intention to make friends and put yourself around talking to people, part of nerves i have found is being closed up, and afraid to talk to people.

      now, if i make the effort to put myself around, talk to people and don't shy away, and open up, i find my nerves start to evaporate, and then i become more the life of the party.

      sometimes with nerves it is more about being more open, and out going, but you have to make the effort to do that, especially at auditions, you will have a great day if you go, and be sociable and make friends.

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    2. i have tried doing meditation, or just being relaxed and at peace with the world :)

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  14. I just found this blog and it's amazing will there be one for 2015?

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    1. hope there is a x factor 2015!

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  15. i am a indian and i also want to participate in singing competitions like (american idol,x factor) so pls gve me some suggestions how i take participation in tht competitions

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  16. I need to ask something!what's the difference between xfactor and xtra factor?and also,i watched the xfactor at judges houses and on the episode it shows only one song of the participants singing but online there are some videos that show the same participants at the judges but singing another home.what's happening?:)

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  17. Hi am I too late to audition for 2014? I really hope not

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    1. no, application forms are out soon, look for the x factor application forms to be online in december this year :)

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  18. Why no aditions in tasmania 2014

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  19. Hi I am from Paris and I want to know if it is possible to audition in x factor uk ?
    Please

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  20. what cities do they usually use for the auditions?

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    1. london or nottingham

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  21. I live in france but i really wanna do audition for x factor uk is it really impossible to do audition then? ( i'm not english to)

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  22. So can you tell me how can I do please thank you.....

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  23. Hi. I get straight to the point. I'm a fantastic singer and dancer I think I could win it next year. But I do have a few phobias. The worst is I have a bad fear of heights ok. Now my question is if I made it to the judges house stage. I've noticed gary barlow takes his people on top of a sky scraper in LA. What the hell would I do if I got to that stage. Coz its to damn high for me.

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    1. Ask to keep away from the windows and do the audition in the room, not on the balcony, plus, it would be a good story at judges houses, then if you won the x factor you could buy a bungalow!.

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  24. hi! i really need some help!!! i wanna do the x factor but im 14 and i dont know how to tell my parents! My dad has a month to live and i dont wanna bring it up while my mom is going though this... what should i do??

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    1. do not bring it up, you have while at least april 2014 until you would need to apply, so just put the idea of the x factor to one side for a good few months and concentrate on your family matters, the x factor can wait.

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  25. i really want to do the online audition for x factor but my parents doesnt like the fact that i would sing on t.v. i really want to tell them but im just not sure how to make them understand i want this not only for myself but also to help out our family. what do i do????

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    1. that is a difficult one.

      your parents can go with you to your audition, so if you did go to the first stage auditions, then they could go with you, and that part is not televised either, so they could see what it was like without that being televised.

      and also the odds are that not many people make it the televised stages, so it would not be certain you would get to that part as there are quite a few stages to get through before that.

      if you are young you do have to respect your parents wishes though, because you would need there agreement when you are under 18 years of age.

      if they do not want you to audition, then you need to trust there higher judgement and not audition.

      which is not a big problem because time moves so quick you will soon be 18 years old anyway.

      there is no point having a disagreement about "what ifs" if you do not get to audition, because out of the 100000's, that apply, only a very few get anywhere in the competition.

      so even people who's parents let audition, or people who argue with there parents to let them, still do not get through.

      you are young, and parents really do know what's best.

      you could tell them that the first stages of auditions are not televised, and they can go with you, that is if they do not have a busy schedule, and they can get to see what it is like, and you probably odds wise will not make it through to the televised stages.

      but i would think maybe you do not need to be in a rush, and can wait until you are 18 years old, and can choose on your own, there will always be lots of talent competitions you can do when you get to 18+ rather then feeling like you need to be in a rush now.

      your parents would probably rather see you concentrate on your schooling at this age, and then do things like talent contests when you are 18+ and old enough to make your own decisions.

      as the saying goes there is always another year, and there are other ways to help your parents, like helping with house work, doing school work etc.

      hope that helps.

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  26. Is it possible to apply even if I'm French ?

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    1. you can probably apply, but to travel from france to audition in the uk would cost lots of money, if you was allowed to even?.

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  27. what if you feel like you are going to faint while you are auditioning, just a thought? what can you do to get over stage fright?

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    1. hey, look up breathing techniques on google, i find it helps to practice thoses!.

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  28. How many papers do you have to sign in order to audition? And what do you have to do the first day when you go sign up? And at what time do you have to be there the first day of signing up? Do you have to sign up in the internet or can you do it in person in the first day?

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  29. Is it better if you have a story? People say that is better, and that's how they give you the golden ticket, but you have to sing good too, but if you have the story that will be better, is it true?

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    1. i think there is something to that, they do ask you about yourself, so yeah, i think you make a good point about having a "story".

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  30. When you make it to the judges house and live shows, do you stay in a house there all paid? Or do you have to rent a hotel all the way till you don't make it anymore? Im talking about xfactorusa

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  31. Can anyone tell me how I can apply for the X factor 2014 in online? Plaza

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    1. you can apply now online for the x factor the online application forms are up!.

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    2. Can you give me the link to the page to sign up for auditions?

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    3. hi i found the uk x factor application form on itv, i typed into google search "itv x factor application form 2014" which brought up the new form, i cannot find the usa one though that does not look to be out yet.

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  32. Can you give me the link to the page to sign up for auditions?

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  33. Lets imagine that i'm an international girl...can i apply too?

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  34. I admit to doing the X-factor auditions each year. Starting with the cattle auditions. You don't sing before the judges until you get to the live audition (the 4th audition). I've auditioned at Wembley, The O2, Arsenal Emirates Stadium and The Excel Building. The worst is the Excel because the air in there is very dry; making it very hard to sing.

    About the choice of song. Pick song with nice open vowel sounds at the end of a line. Especially the end of a song. Nothing is worse than trying to sing your favourite song sounding flat, with a word ending in "ing", "amb", "onk". These are nasal sounds that don't work very well in singing without good training. This is why songwriters of some the best songs continuously use " true", "blue", "me", "you" ect. Try and avoid the top 100 karaoke songs sung like nursery rhymes. The judges do get bored hearing the same songs again and again and again. Show you can pick a good song and do it well. Remember the judges early on are looking for the quality of your voice. Make sure you show it.

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  35. can i addition if im in Canada and how long well it take to get to the additions

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  36. Simon, How is my friend Dean Banowetz? We've been friends for 9yrs . Sorry i did not finish my 4th audition, in New Orleans. My father was died od lung cancer.. But passing three of the auditions was awsome. Out of 6,000 people, beat, and me get that far was cool. Have Dean drop me a line ;820 colgate dr Lancaster,tx 75134 And check me out on "Youtube dot com", under johncollings reel and johncolllings audition.mpg

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  37. Are they going to have X Factor USA Season 4?:o

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    1. yep, for sure, it has been confirmed there is going to be a x factor usa next year!.

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  38. I want to audition. I live in northern California. Where do u think the venue will be?

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  39. Where can we start the application for x factor USA?:o is it already online?:o

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    1. still waiting on applications forms28 December 2013 at 02:15

      i keep checking http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ that is where they go up, they are not up yet though, could be january or february they do not put the usa application forms up straight away :(

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    2. Ohhh okay thank you!:)

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  40. Where are the cattle call auditions.held and when are they? Also, how do they work. Like, what is the process?

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    1. they always have some near bg cities like los angeles california (seem to have los angeles as first auditions for x factor usa each year) at the galen centre.

      also every year near long island new york.

      some other locations that seem to be chosen often are denver colorado, new orleans and charleston.

      but they might change a few of these, but i am sure some of those locations will be used by the x factor usa in 2014 auditions.

      they seem to start the auditions around march and go on until about may each year for the first stages, at around 5 big cattle call first stage auditions, these are not shown on tv though, just big venues were you audition in front of the producers like in booths at these big stadiums/venues.

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  41. Is simon Cowbell still going to be judge in X Factor USA this upcoming season four? Please say he is!:(

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  42. So it's January 1st, 2014. How do I sign up for the 2014 X Factor audition? Where will it be held? When are the auditions starting? I mean the one that is not filmed and being on television. Can i send a video if I live far from the audition place? If I can, how do I do it?

    That's it for now. But if I have more question, can I please ask?

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    1. the place they will be putting up the application forms is http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ but so far they do not seem to have put up the application forms yet.

      i think they take a little while to put them up.

      well for the last few years the first stage (cattle call) x factor usa auditions start around the start of march and go until about the middle of may.

      you can send videos to audition, but like the application forms they have not get that up online just yet either, you could send videos via a page they put up on http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ and also i think they put something up on there youtube channel as well.

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    2. also look out for the x factor mobile auditions, where they have audition booths in big shopping malls, going to be a few months away yet though.

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  43. Ok so my friend and I want to audition for the x factor USA in New York but we want to know where the actual show will be held and if it will be held in one place. We don't have much money seeing as we're only teens, and are families are having a hard time already saving money for us to go. I myself have started saving also so please let us know so we can keep on saving! Thanks.

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  44. From my point of view, if simon cowell stays in the X Factor USA, he should bring Cheryl Cole, LA, and Miley Cyrus, but if simon cowell leaves the X Factor USA to the UK, then in the U.S, he should bring up Justin Timberlake, L.A, and Miley Cyrus, and the other 1 left now that would be up to him too, that could be the surprise, but I think he should bring Justin Timberlake because he has been in a boy band, he knows about the Music Industry, Justin Timberlake has a great personality and everybody loves him. Miley Cyrus because she's the number 1 right now in America, she is going to give alot of viewers to the X Factor USA, and L.A, he's simply and expert, you can't go wrong with that man! I hope Cowell Makes good decisions this year! Much love Cowell!

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  45. I would highly appreciate it if you could answer my question.I have read the application form of the xfactor uk and at some point it said that there are many possibilities not to be taken t the cattle call auditions even if you submit. I wonder why would they do that?They just pick whoever and dont let the others participate?
    It was clearly written.Not everyone that applies will participate or will be seen.That's unfair right?i mean it's so complicated.I know that tv audition is the forth but couldn't i at least audition at the cattle call?
    Please please answer to this.It would really help me.

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    1. not sure, i know they have restrictions regarding age, that you have to be old enough.

      i guess it is possible they vet peoples applications, and if they think someone does not fit the image they want to project, or suitable for there sponsors etc, that they might not let them enter the first stage.

      they should really let people go to the first stage, one reason might be health and safety, where they think someone is not suitable on those grounds.

      but i doubt x factor will give exact reasons why?.

      anyone else know?.

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  46. Ok so I want to try out for X Factor and the only place i live close to St. Louis in Missouri. Do you think there would be auditions anywhere close to here? Also, I'm 16, is there any suggestions for a song choice. I love Lorde, Bridgit Mendler, and One Direction. I sing lots of pop and country. Also, my family wants me to go out to be a country artist but I want to be a pop artist. Any suggestions?

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    1. Brother you do whatever you want to be, you'll be the one performing not your family, you need to know what you want before you audition, I'm 17 and I really want to be a pop artist, buena I haven't heard about the application forms or the dates and place yet!:/

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  47. Has the X Factor USA released the paper form application online already?

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    1. no, i think we could be waiting until march for them to do that, they are going to be running late this year, because they have not negotiated the 2014 series with fox tv yet, so they cannot put up application forms until they have.

      this is why the x factor uk put there forms up last year before there series finished because they are still in contract with itv.

      but the x factor usa are not in contract with fox at the moment, but are in contract negotiations and so they cannot put up the application forms yet, and are probably going to take a while before they do.

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    2. But for sures they will be an x factor 2014 right?

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    3. Yes thank God, it recently was confirmed

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    4. ahh thank god! I need to know update my passport! how much do they charge for the passport in texas?

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    5. Have anybody checked if the X Factor USA already released the forms to sign up for season 4?

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  48. Has X Factor USA Released the forms already online??

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  49. Hi, do you have to provide your own backing track for the X factor uk open auditions? Also where is the Emirates football ground cos that's where the open auditions are in London

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  50. can u tell when usually the castings are? or where i can inquire this?

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  51. thanks for the guide and read the comments as well, comprehensive.

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