Wannabe pop stars, you’ve got exactly one week to upload your audition tape to YouTube for a chance to appear on The X Factor US in hopes of taking home a $5 million recording contract! According to the YouTube Blog, The X Factor has opened up one week of auditions on the video site known for discovering talent like Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, Journey singer Arnel Pineda, Esmee Denters and more.
Live auditions for The X Factor US, which is set to premiere in September of this year on FOX, already took place in LA, Miami, New York, Seattle, Dallas and Chicago. If you didn’t make it (or even if you did and didn’t get your chance to perform) you’ve got one last shot on YouTube.
Audition videos should be uploaded to The X Factor USA YouTube channel. The channel says, “This is your last opportunity to audition for a chance to win a $5 million recording contract! Upload your best vocal performance and show us why you deserve to be on The X Factor.” You can perform on your own or in a group and your video must be no longer than two minutes. Sing your favorite song a cappella, with no backing tracks or karaoke. Your song must have been recorded within the last two months and you have to be living in the US. Don’t forget to introduce yourself and tell the judges why you think you’ve got “The X Factor.” If you are one of the best, you could have the chance to perform on stage in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges!
The X Factor isn’t the first show that has turned to YouTube to find its next big star. America’s Got Talent hopefuls can also upload their audition tapes to YouTube through June 9, last year pop music manager Johnny Wright turned to YouTube to find his next big star, and a multitude of other shows and contests have held auditions on the video site. Last year America’s Got Talent even had a special episode, dedicated to talent found on YouTube.
I think it’s cool that YouTube is providing an additional channel for talented individuals to be discovered. Plus I have to admit that I really like watching people’s audition tapes—some are good but the majority are pretty laughable and entertaining (read: Auditions for The Situation’s web series)!
What do you think about the concept of YouTube auditions? Will you submit an audition tape for The X Factor?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.