Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' -- Auditions Coming Soon!

Auditions for Simon Cowell's highly anticipated singing competition, "The X Factor," are set to begin Sunday, March 27 in Los Angeles at the L.A. Sports Arena -- with a $5-million recording contract waiting for the winner!

The exciting new series is looking for talent age 12 and older. Auditions will take place in front of an audience of thousands -- raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. Whoever is chosen the next global superstar will win an unprecedented $5-million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

Watch this featurette, in which "The X Factor" judge Simon Cowell explains the process!

The search for the next global superstar will continue in Miami, FL, on Thursday, April 7; Newark, NJ, on Thursday, April 14; Seattle, WA, on Wednesday, April 20; Chicago, IL, on Wednesday, April 27; and Dallas, TX (date to be announced).

The complete "The X Factor" audition cities, dates and venue information are as follows:

Sunday, March 27 -- Los Angeles, CA, L.A. Sports Arena

Thursday, April 7 -- Miami, FL, Bank United Center

Thursday, April 14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center

Wednesday, April 20 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena

Wednesday, April 27 -- Chicago, IL, Sears Centre Arena

Date TBA - Dallas, TX

Interested solo artists and vocal groups should sign up now for audition information at