'The X Factor' sets key dates: Short-ish audition round, live shows in November


"The X Factor" will not spend too much time on the mass-audition phase of the show. But it's going to spend a good amount of time time narrowing the field to the finalists.FOX's version of the British hit will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 21. Two-hour episodes will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the first two weeks of the show, taking viewers through the cast-of-thousands auditions in six cities. The second round -- "Boot Camp" in "X Factor" parlance -- airs Oct. 5 and 6. The singers who make it past the first audition will face a live audience and the four judges -- Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid -- and sing for a chance to get to the semifinals. The following week, the remaining contestants will be divided into four subsets (young guys, young girls, older singers and groups), with each working with a judge to hone their skills. Those episodes...



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