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The X Factor Season 3 Audition Schedule Posted

If you're over the age of 12 and think you have the singing talent to compete in the third season of The X Factor, start warming up those vocal cords. Fox announced the audition schedule for Season 3 of the singing competition series, and they start in less than a month.

Unlike American Idol, which focuses entirely on solo acts and has a higher age limit, The X Factor allows younger singers to get in on the competition and features a whole category for music groups. The vocal groups didn't fare so well in Season 1, but the category did much better in the second season. Auditions for the third season kick off in Los Angeles on March 6 at the Galen Center. After that, auditions move to South Carolina, New Orleans, New York and the Colorado. Not all of the venues are set yet, but the dates are locked in for the spring. Here's what Fox released today.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wednesday, March 6Venue: Galen CenterRegistration – March 4-5CHARLESTON, SC – Tuesday, March 19Venue: North Charleston ColiseumRegistration – March 17-18NEW ORLEANS, LA – Sunday, April 14Venue: TBDRegistration – April 12-13LONG ISLAND, NY – Thursday, April 25Venue: TBDRegistration – April 23-24DENVER, CO – Tuesday, May 14Venue: TBDRegistration – May 12-13Wristbands must be obtained from the venue the day prior to auditions. Additional audition details, including eligibility requirements, are available at www.thexfactorusa.com/. Hopefuls should check back regularly for updated information, rules and registration forms.

Can't get to one of the audition cities? The X Factor is also holding online auditions. More information on how to enter online can be found at TheXFactorUSA.com.

There's all sorts of fine print about audition eligibility, including that you have to be 12 years of age or older as of January 1, 2013, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S., and do not currently have a music recording contract. Go here for more specifics on auditioning and eligibility.