Fox wants to make a big splash with Simon Cowell’s U.S version of The X Factor and to make sure that will happen the network has announced a recording contract worth $5 million.
Like Cowell’s American Idol, the new show pits singers against one another with the guidance of “celebrity mentors” while groups are also allowed to compete on the show.
The UK version of The X Factor helped launched the highly successful career of Leona Lewis.
The $5 million record contract, part of a deal with Sony Music/Syco deal has no age restrictions and is the biggest in game show history.
On Monday Cowell said of the show:
“I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group,” while adding, “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.”
Interested in trying out for the show? Auditions start on March 27 at Los Angeles Sports Arenda and then head to Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Seattle, Dallas and Miami.
Will you be waiting around to catch Cowell on his newest show?