Thousands of Hopefuls Audition for Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

Forget American Idol! Cowell's new show is already drawing huge crowds of wannabe stars

Simon Cowell better be reclaiming his throne as the king of star-making TV, as droves of singing hopefuls came out to audition for the Brit's new show, The X Factor.

According to the Daily Mail, more than 18,000 aspiring singers showed up to the Los Angeles auditions at L.A. Memorial Sports Arena. Surrounding streets were reportedly jammed with traffic and plenty of people camped out in front of the venue to save their place in line.

"The scenes down here are crazy," a show insider said. "There are around 18,000 people here and the numbers are growing by the second. There's gridlock on the freeways into the venue, its absolute chaos. These auditions are going to be going on well into the night -- there are a lot of people to get through."

With a $5 million record deal on the line, it's no wonder the auditions have caused such a ruckus. Also, as opposed to the likes of American Idol, contestants may be as young as 12 years old to enter and there is no age limit.

The next set of auditions are being held on April 6 in Miami. The X Factor will premiere on Fox in the fall.

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