'The X Factor' Auditions to Begin March 1

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Although the public has yet to learn who will fill Paula Abdul's and Nicole Scherzinger's judging seats, The X Factor has announced that hopefuls can mark March 1 on their calendars for their chance at season 2's coveted $5 million recording contract.
"We wanted to change a few things this year, so starting with the auditions, we've torn up the rulebook again, " said Simon Cowell of the show's decision to extend the auditions to the internet and MyStudio booths, just two weeks prior to The X Factor's first in-city tryouts in Kansas City.
"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," judge L.A. Reid announced.
Online and MyStudio submissions begin March 1, while open calls begin March 14 in Kansas City and continue in Austin, TX on March 22, San Francisco on April 20 and Greensboro, NC on May 1, with an additional city to be announced.
Melanie Amaro, and finalists Astro, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow, of season one fame, have all signed major deals with Sony Music. For more on how you can try out, visit TheXFactorUSA.com.