How to Become a Contestant on X Factor

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To become a contestant on X Factor, a person has to attend an audition or submit an online audition clip. Those who are selected to proceed to the next round must perform a song in front of the show's judging panel. The judges choose a group of performers who will compete on the show's live televised competition each week. During the finale, the final two singers compete for the show's grand prize. While the show X Factor has been cancelled in the United States, the British version of the program still accepts online submissions and conducts open call auditions.[1]

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Author Selena Robinson

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X Factor Contestant Job Overview

X Factor contestants try out for a chance to compete on the show each week in front of a live television audience. Both solo artists and groups are allowed to audition for the program. After each show, viewers can vote for their favorite performers. On the results show, the contestant that receives the fewest votes is sent home. On the show's season finale, the final two performers compete for the last time. The contestant who receives the most votes that week wins the show and receives a deal with a record label.[2]

X Factor Open Call Auditions

X Factor open call auditions are held in select international cities each year. In the United States, X Factor auditions have been held in cities such as Charleston, South Carolina, and Denver, Colorado.[2] The British version of X Factor also holds open call auditions in select cities each season. 2014 X Factor open call audition cities include Cardiff, London, Dublin, and Birmingham. All auditions begin at at 9:00 a.m.[3]

X Factor Contestant Education

The show X Factor does not require contestants to have any formal education. However, all applicants must be at least 16 years of age as of March 14 of each season in order to try out for the program. All contestants must display proof of their age and a valid a form of identification before they will be allowed to audition.[4]

X Factor Contestant Training

X Factor contestants receive their training during the show's run each season. After they make it into the initial round of contestants, individuals attend a rigorous training session where the final round of contestants are chosen. Afterward, the remaining individuals are assigned to a specific judge, who will serve as their mentor during the pre-show training. Throughout the program, contestants rehearse their numbers each week and receive vocal training from established musicians.[5]

X Factor Season 3 Recap

A look back at the contestants and winners of X Factor Season 3

Also See: How to Become a Contestant on American Idol, How to Become a Singer, How to Become a Contestant on America's Got Talent, How to Become a Contestant on Britain's Got Talent


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