According to KTLA-TV (the Fox affiliate in Los Angeles), an estimated 10,000 people attended "The X Factor" U.S. Season 3 open-call auditions on March 6, 2013, at the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles. That's a big decrease from the estimated 18,000 people who attended "X Factor" open-call auditions in Los Angeles in 2011. (There were no "X Factor" open-call auditions in Los Angeles in 2012. The only "X Factor" open-call auditions on the West Coast in 2012 were in the San Francisco area.)
"The X Factor" U.S. is a talent contest for solo vocalists, duos and singing groups. The grand prize includes $5 million and a record deal with Sony Music. Contestants must be at least 12 years old, not currently signed to a recording contract, legal U.S. residents, and legally able to work in the U.S. (As of 2012, "X Factor" contestants are allowed to have representation, such as managers and agents.) A legal photo ID must be presented at the audition. Any contestant under 18 years old must be accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.
"The X Factor" judges do not attend open-call auditions. Instead, "X Factor" producers are at open-call auditions to select the contestants who will go on to audition in front of the judges. Auditions in front of the judges begin in May (dates and locations to be announced) and are expected to take place in the same cities where the open-call auditions took place. The show's entire judging panel should be announced by May.
As of now, Simon Cowell is the only judge guaranteed to return to "The X Factor" U.S. in 2013. The replacements for Britney Spears and L.A. Reid haven't been announced yet. And it also hasn't been announced yet if Demi Lovato will continue to be a judge on the show in 2013, but Lovato and Cowell have said in recent interviews that they want Lovato to remain an "X Factor" judge.
Fox televises each new season of "The X Factor" U.S. from September to December. The show's live episodes begin in late October or early November.
As previously reported, the open-call auditions will be held in five U.S. cities in 2013. Contestants must obtain wristbands from the venue prior to auditions.
March 6, 2013: Los Angeles — Galen Center (Registration: March 4-5, 2013)
March 19, 2013: Charleston, S.C. — North Charleston Coliseum (Registration: March 17-18, 2013)
April 14, 2013: New Orleans — Lakefront Arena (Registration: April 12-13, 2013)
April 25, 2013: Uniondale, N.Y. — Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Registration: April 23-24, 2013)
May 14, 2013: Denver — Denver Coliseum (Registration: May 12-13, 2013)
People can also audition by uploading an a cappella video online.
More information and registration forms can be found at the official "X Factor" U.S. website.