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If you're still dreaming of your chance to be judged by Simon Cowell, your moment has finally arrived. Fox has announced the audition schedule for the debut season of The X Factor, the new talent show that Cowell is hosting, looking for both solo artists and vocal groups over 12 years old. Switching up the old American Idol format even more, a contestant's first audition for the judges will happen in front of a crowd of thousands, "raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans." The winner of The X Factor will get a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music, plus the bragging rights of having survived Cowell for an entire season.

Check out the full audition schedule below-- it kicks off in Los Angeles on March 27 and wraps up in Dallas Texas sometime about a month later. We also have specific details about the Los Angeles audition, plus a video from Simon Cowell himself explains the concept behind the show and what he's looking for. The X Factor will be on the Fox schedule starting this fall.

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

Miami, FL
Thursday, April 7
Bank United Center

Newark, NJ
Thursday, April 14
Prudential Center

Seattle, WA
Wednesday, April 20
Key Arena

Chicago, IL
Sears Centre Arena

Dallas, TX
TBA
TBA

Los Angeles Audition Information:

WHO: Singers and vocal groups 12 years of age or older as of March 1, 2011, who are legal U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the U.S. and do not currently have a music recording contract. Some restrictions apply; please visit www.fox.com/theXfactor for specific information.

WHEN: Sunday, March 27, 2011

WHERE: The L.A. Sports Arena

HOW: Wristbands will be distributed from approximately 6:00 AM on Saturday, March 26 until approximately 6:00 AM on Sunday, March 27. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to the L.A. Sports Arena by 8:00 AM on Sunday, March 27. Please bring legal photo identification. Any auditioner under 18 years old must be accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.

As previously announced, Pepsi will serve as an official sponsor of THE X FACTOR. The comprehensive sponsorship includes an extensive, multi-platform off-air marketing partnership; weekly in-show integrations and placements; and an immersive content experience online.