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Season 2

The X Factor" (FOX TV show) is a competition series that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next musical megastar. Expect the unexpected when the world's only $5 million audition returns with two new superstar judges and more surprises and twists. "The X Factor" Season 2 features global pop icon Britney Spears and multi-talented artist Demi Lovato on the judging panel, alongside returning judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.

"The X Factor," last season's No. 1 new unscripted series, gives viewers the opportunity to help discover the next global superstar or breakout music group. The superstar team of judges travels the nation searching for 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. Auditions were held in spring 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; San Francisco, California; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Providence, Rhode Island.

In a departure from other singing competition series, contestants not only audition in front of judges. Perhaps more importantly, they sing for an audience of thousands, which is often referred to as the "fifth" judge, because their enthusiasm — or lack thereof — can help determine the fate of these hopefuls. This initial audition is the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence it takes to become a global superstar or breakout music act and win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

Those contestants who survive the first auditions graduate to "boot camp" and will be divided into four categories. Not only is it a competition between the hopefuls to stake their claim for the coveted win, but it's also a showdown among the judges as to whose acts will dominate the competition and make it to the finals. The judges may have their say in how the competition progresses, but it will be up to America to decide who ultimately has "The X Factor."

In its debut season, "The X Factor" USA discovered winner Melanie Amaro and several other breakout stars, including Rachel Crow, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene, who have signed to major record labels. The show featured guest mentors Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams, and performances by musical superstars Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent, Jessie J, R. Kelly, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, Alanis Morissette, Willow Smith and Stevie Wonder.

"The X Factor" was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.

Season 1

"The X Factor" (FOX TV show) is a competition series, hosted by Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones, that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next musical megastar. The judges—Simon Cowell, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul—will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent of any age—both solo artists and groups—who are willing to brave the panel of experts and the American public for a chance to make it big. "The X Factor" (US version) raises the bar and takes the initial auditions to an exciting and explosive new level as the hopefuls will audition not only for the judges, but also in front of a live audience of thousands in venues across the country. The concert-like atmosphere will bring a new dimension to the performances, giving the contestants an opportunity to prove they have the whole package—vocal ability, charisma and stage presence—from the moment they step on stage.

Those contestants who survive the first auditions graduate to "boot camp" and will then be divided into four categories: girls under 25, boys under 25, individuals over 25 and groups. Each category will be mentored by one of the show's judges, including the inimitable Cowell. The contestants will be put through the paces and mercilessly whittled down until the top acts remain. Not only is it a battle between the hopefuls to stake their claim for the coveted win, but it's also a showdown among the judges as to whose acts will dominate and make it to the finals. The judges may have their say in how the competition progresses, but it will be up to America to decide who ultimately has "The X Factor."

"The X Factor" is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol," "America's Got Talent"), Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers.

"The X Factor" has been produced or licensed by FremantleMedia in more than 20 territories to date, including Australia, Belgium, Colombia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the U.K. The series has proved a global ratings success, with the recent U.K. finale capturing a phenomenal 20 million viewers with a 60% audience share.





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