Simon Cowell will return to the judge's chair on "The X Factor" this fall on Fox and the famous judge is now revealing his top five tips to winning the show.
"Be original, don't be boring, be fearless, No. 4 -- stand out from the crowd, and No. 5, suck up to me," he says. "I should make that No. 1."
"The X Factor" is based on the English television show by the same name that features individuals as well as groups in a singing competition with no age limit.
In the American version, contestants will compete for a $5 million Sony Music/Syco record deal. The auditions kick off on March 27 in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Seattle, Dallas and Miami.
"I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group," said Cowell, who produces the reality show. "I've never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract." Cowell set up Syco Music in 2002.
The outspoken Brit also brought his unbiased views to the original version of the show, sharing the dais with Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Sharon Osbourne. The full judging panel for the American version has not been released.