Could Simon Cowell help boost an act from Orlando?

The season premiere of "The X Factor" is likely to feature local performers. The Fox singing contest starts its third season at 8 p.m. Wednesday with a one-hour episode.

One act is a duo: Alex and Sierra are twentysomething college students who are dating. The other act is Lillie McCloud, who is 52.

If you don't see them Wednesday, you'll probably find them in the two-hour Thursday edition, which also starts at 8 p.m.

"The X Factor" will draw a lot of scrutiny because Cowell and Demi Lovato are being joined by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio in the talent search. They are replacing Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.