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[02/16/12 - 07:46 AM]
"The X Factor" Season Two Auditions Open Thursday, March 1
Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid will return as judges this fall with additional judges to be announced.

[via press release from FOX]

THE WORLD'S ONLY $5 MILLION AUDITION IS BACK! DO YOU HAVE THE X FACTOR?

THE X FACTOR Season Two Auditions Open Thursday, March 1

Nationwide Audition Opportunities Include Online Auditions at www.TheXFactorUSA.com Beginning Thursday, March 1; Open Call Auditions Starting March 14 in Kansas City, MO; and MyStudio HD Recording Studios Across the Country

THE X FACTOR Season Two Winner To Receive $5 Million Recording Contract with Sony Music

Auditions Open to Solo Artists and Vocal Groups Ages 12 and Over

Artists with Pre-existing Management Contracts Can Now Audition

THE X FACTOR is expanding its audition process to reach more singers than any talent show ever before in its search to find the best new solo artists and vocal groups in America. In addition and new for Season Two, artists with pre-existing management contracts can now audition (subject to limited restrictions).

America's best undiscovered talent can audition for THE X FACTOR Season Two as follows:

· Online auditions open March 1 at www.TheXFactorUSA.com;

· MyStudio HD Recording Studios across America open March 1 (see below for details)

· Open Calls begin March 14 in Kansas City and continue in Austin, TX (March 22); San Francisco (April 20); Greensboro, NC (May 1); and an additional city to be announced

THE X FACTOR reopens its invitation to ALL of America, ages 12 and over with no upper age limit, to audition for Season Two (subject to full eligibility requirements). This fall's No. 1 unscripted series discovered such diverse recording artists as winner Melanie Amaro, and finalists Astro, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow, who have all signed major deals with Sony Music.

Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid will return as judges to THE X FACTOR this fall on FOX. Additional judges to be announced.

"We wanted to change a few things this year, so starting with the auditions, we've torn up the rulebook again. Even if you have management you can still enter, and we are making it easier by extending the online auditions and taking the MyStudio booths to even more cities. You can enter as many times as you want and come to any of the cities, too. We're here to discover stars from all music styles including groups. I really believe a group can win this show!" - Simon Cowell, judge and mentor, THE X FACTOR.

"In the music industry, when you're looking for new talent you can discover it anywhere. THE X FACTOR is opening this up to go further than anyone has before, and that's what it takes, so I can't wait to see what amazing talent we might find. I urge people to go out and audition, this is the real deal." - L.A. Reid, judge and mentor, THE X FACTOR.

Open Call, MyStudio and online audition information is noted in the chart below:

Sign up now for all audition information and audition details, including rules and eligibility requirements at www.TheXFactorUSA.com. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information, rules and registration forms.

Melanie Amaro was crowned THE X FACTOR Season One winner and was awarded the biggest prize in TV history, a $5 million recording contract, as well as her own iconic Pepsi commercial featuring Sir Elton John. Her album is due out later this spring.

Visit www.TheXFactorUSA.com or www.facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA for the Latest THE X FACTOR News and Information Twitter: @TheXFactorUSA

THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.

THE X FACTOR

THE X FACTOR launched in the U.S. in Sept. 2011 on FOX, immediately becoming the No. 1 unscripted show this fall. It was FOX's highest-rated Wednesday night premiere in 13 years among Adults 18-49. The show averaged a 4.3/12 among Adults 18-49, and averaged 12.6 million viewers. THE X FACTOR significantly improved FOX's year-over-year time period performance on Wednesday and Thursday nights among Adults 18-49 by +52% and+40% respectively. Local versions of "The X Factor" are now produced in more than 40 territories and the U.S. version of THE X FACTOR airs in over 162 countries. Artists discovered by "The X Factor" format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1, 270 Top 10 and 501 Top 50 releases. THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.

About MyStudio(R) HD Recording Studios

The award-winning MyStudio is the brain child of technology and entertainment entrepreneur Larry Ryckman. MyStudio is a self-contained, state-of-the-art, audio/video recording studio that offers true professional recording studio-quality audio and HD broadcast-quality video with an ease, economy and convenience never before available. MyStudio eliminates the high cost, technological and logistical barriers inherent in the creation of high-quality online video content, thereby opening up a new world of opportunities for the creation of user-generated video content by amateurs and professionals alike. MyStudio can be used to create videos for music, modeling, comedy, dating, job resumes, auditions, personal messages and greetings. A recording session for up to five minutes costs only $20. Using Hollywood-style green screen technology, MyStudio users can choose from over 1,000 HD virtual backgrounds for their videos or they can upload their own custom backgrounds. In addition, MyStudio offers thousands of licensed karaoke tracks from EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing and others, thereby allowing consumers to legally create music videos for public viewing online. Within minutes of recording, videos are automatically uploaded to the MyStudio.net website, which offers free member profile pages and video sharing in a social networking environment. At MyStudio.net, members can enter contests, receive free DVDs of their videos, download MP3 audio files and access embed codes. MyStudio, Inc., is owned and operated by Studio One Media, Inc. ("Studio One") (OTC.BB:SOMD).





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