About The X Factor

Since its debut in 2004, "The X Factor" has remained the U.K.'s #1 program for the last seven years, peaking with an audience of 21 million for its 2010 finale. Hosted by former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, "The X Factor" is now coming to the U.S. to see if talented Americans everywhere have what it takes.

The exciting new competition series is looking for talent young and old alike -- with no upper age limit. THE X FACTOR judges will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over -- both solo artists and vocal groups -- who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to make their dreams come true.

In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time a contestant auditions for the judges, he/she will do so in front of an audience of thousands -- raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to become a global superstar and win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

THE X FACTOR is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, 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.

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'The X Factor': What to expect

Simon Cowell gives us a peek at what's coming in the American edition of "The X ...

Simon Cowell gives us a peek at what's coming in the American edition of "The X Factor."