'The X Factor's' Simon Cowell on audition booths, Fergie as judge and Gloria Estefan pitching in


"The X Factor" has already started launching on-site auditions, where thousands of singers perform in front of producers for the show. Now executive producer Simon Cowell tells the media about the new part of the audition process - the specially-built recording studio booths placed at cities across the country."The idea was that we could only go into so many cities to do the open auditions. When we spoke to FOX and we spoke to Pepsi, they wanted to get a further reach," says Cowell. "These booths came to my attention just under a year ago. The idea was we go into as many cities as we can, give other people a chance to audition. It's like doing an audition in front of the producers, the guys from the record company. [The tapes] are officially branded audition tapes, they're sent to the producers ... The whole idea of the show is we've invited the whole of...



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