X Factor auditions have begun. This article will teach you how to try out online and in person for the hottest music competition show on TV.

The X Factor is one of the most popular shows on TV right now, and the auditions currently underway to be on its second season are your chance to hit it big.

Any solo artist or vocal group who is 12 years of age or older is qualified to audition for The X Factor, and there are two ways to get your skills evaluated in order to see if you're good enough to be on season 2 of Fox's mega-hit show.

The X Factor is expanding its audition process to reach more singers than any talent show ever before in its search to find the best new solo artists and vocal groups in America, reads a description on the show's audition site. In addition and new for Season Two, artists with pre-existing management contracts can now audition.

A slot on the show seems to be a ticket to success, as Sony Music has already signed major music deals with a number of season 1 participants including winner Melanie Amaro and finalists Astro, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow. 

The easiest way to audition for the X Factor is to do so online. Simply visit the X Factor auditions homepage to read all the details, then go to the online X Factor auditions site, where you will be guided through the application and audition process. All you need is your singing voice (online auditions are done acapella) and a few minutes to go through the process, and before you know it you could be live on Fox, singing your heart out for all of America.

Another way you can get on the X Factor is to attend one of five live open call auditions planned for locations across the United States in March, April and May. Details about when and where the live auditions are being held are listed at the end of this article, or you can visit the auditions site, where all the specifics are laid out for you.

Or you can go to one of the traveling MyStudio booths, which will be criss-crossing the country in coming months, and record your audition on the spot. There's really no reason why you shouldn't try out if you think you have what it takes.

Even if you don't make it onto the show, the auditions are the opportunity of a lifetime for budding singers, and also guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun. Good luck!

Open Call Auditions:

  • Kansas City, MO - March 14
  • Austin, TX - March 22
  • San Francisco, CA - April 20
  • Greensboro, NC - May 1
  • Providence, RI - May 10