Saturday, 5 December, 2009

X Factor 2010 Auditions

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We’ve been inundated with requests from people wanting to know how to audition for the X Factor in 2010. Here’s what you need to know:

Age limit
The minimum age will again be 16. This won’t be lowered no matter how many people beg and plead – European working time regulations mean that those under 16 wouldn’t be allowed to perform in the new two-show format.

The categories are expected to be the same as last year – Groups, 25s and Over, Girls and Boys. There is always a shortage of good groups auditioning, so if your aim is to make it to the final 12 it might be worthwhile forming a group rather than going it alone.

Provisionally the locations for the auditions are: Cardiff, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast. This has not been confirmed and is subject to change.

To apply as a soloist please fill out the form here, for groups please sign up here.


  1. when will the forms online be in then ? please hurry as i am getting my mum one for her birthday :) x

    Comment by Dionne — Wednesday, 9 December, 2009 @ 17:35

  2. I’ve applied as a solo artist.
    Whoooooooooooooopie! :)

    Comment by Jodie — Wednesday, 16 December, 2009 @ 19:40

  3. Hi,does anyone no the audition process,iv heard you go through 2 rounds of auditioning before you see the judges is that true?



    Comment by Claire Mcmanus — Wednesday, 16 December, 2009 @ 21:17

  4. Weve applied as agroup :D

    Comment by ASH — Wednesday, 30 December, 2009 @ 17:13


    Comment by Alex — Thursday, 21 January, 2010 @ 18:49

  6. no its more than that its about 3 auditions singing to the producers then you get to sing to judges thats if your picked it all up to how yoiu look and what you dress like and if you look the part also if you get thru first auditions then you have to go back the very next day and be dressed the same and bring who you have with you day before its all a con the xfactor ive been told all my life thaty i have the xfactor and a amazing voice dont be pulled in to it thats all im saying

    Comment by john — Tuesday, 26 January, 2010 @ 19:08

  7. claire

    there are two auditions before the television judges infront of producers wich have no clue about music i used to work for them .the production auditions give about 40 seconds to prove you can sing and talent really doesnt have anything to do with it its just dont to physical attractiveness or if u are really crap you get through but before you get the chance for youre 40 seconds of singing you are stood in the cold doing camera shots for a minimum of 8 hours the longest audtion wait was 15 hours so be prepared and practice practice practice and if you no a friend thats going to audition but its an ok singer then tell them not to bother its allot harder than u think and if u think the show is a chance of giving less priviledged people a shot then think again its just exploiting desperate singers to make mass profit and sorry to say this but think posative but prepare yourself for the worst because its more likely that u will get hit by a double decker driven by a camel than winning (unless you no how to minipulate the press and are prepeared to take part in the lowest of low publicity stunts) good luck xoxoox

    Comment by ben — Tuesday, 2 February, 2010 @ 08:51

  8. Claire that is true u have to go through about 3 rounds before you go on stage just try your hardest and dont give up :D im going on this year too cant wait! x

    Comment by Melody — Tuesday, 2 February, 2010 @ 12:21

  9. Heya I applied last year, and you’re right, theres two auditions before you meet the judges! Those 1st two auditions are done in front of people from the production team! I got a camera woman when I auditioned last year! Queues are really long, i was at the Birmingham auditions and i got there after 4am n i waz in the 8th row from the front! But im auditioning again this year so it never put me off lol!
    Sarah xx

    Comment by Sarah Davidson — Saturday, 13 February, 2010 @ 21:13

  10. hiya I have applied for XFactor 2010 but have not heard about my additon yet and they are ment to be held next month when will we hear about them???

    Comment by Jeannie — Monday, 15 February, 2010 @ 16:44

  11. finaly plucked up the courage to apply :) fingers crossed

    Comment by matthew — Friday, 19 February, 2010 @ 13:04

  12. yeah, i know how to apply, and have done so… The question is when are the auditions? thanks
    David Armitage, Selby

    Comment by david Armitage — Monday, 22 February, 2010 @ 17:45

  13. When the audition dates/venue are finalised it will be published on xfactor website – dont hold your breath waiting on a reply – simply sjow up on the day, they dont ask for letter or anything – trust me been there done that – its a waste of money/time + effort!!!!

    Comment by kirsty — Friday, 26 February, 2010 @ 14:56

  14. Hii, woo I’ve applied for this year! Haven’t auditioned before, but I’m really excited! I agree with the last few comments – When are the auditions going to be held?? Will we be receiving any further information?? Thank you.

    Comment by Deven — Friday, 26 February, 2010 @ 16:29

  15. Guys, I’ve applied right away just when the show finished in December buy yet I havn’t gotten any audition details they told me they would be answering me back soon I check my e-mail box everyday… Does any one know how this works? Will they never answer me back!!!

    Comment by Layla — Friday, 26 February, 2010 @ 20:40

  16. I auditioned too ,. I hope I get through! Goodluck to anyone else who has auditioned :] I hope they host audition in Dublin D:

    Comment by Samantha — Monday, 1 March, 2010 @ 21:25

  17. I made an application on Friday, I’m actually scared and even though I’m confident with my song choice, its weird knowing that I can sing; sometimes I just end up crying, that can’t be good.

    I’m a very patient person, I attend to a clinic of busy, screaming babies; Simon and Co will be a breeze; lol.

    Waiting in the queues won’t be hard as long as you have a good book and even better music, maybe bring some food, popcorn and water. This dream will be a reality by virtue of my efforts either through the X-factor or independent labels.

    Comment by Adejumoke Adeleke — Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 @ 15:19

  18. does anyone no when the audtions actually are? i’m auditioning in manchester but i dont no the date yet

    Comment by tom hall — Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 @ 17:29

  19. when are the auditions in manchester and where are vthey i’ve applied as a solo artist xxx

    Comment by chantalle — Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 @ 19:06

  20. ive applied as a solo artist with no idea what to sing haha!!

    any1 have any idea when the audition process starts?

    Comment by Laura — Thursday, 4 March, 2010 @ 21:54

  21. hi ive applied online had a confermation email and all but does anyone know the dates of the actuall auditions??? i cant wait will be so much fun ive won a few compititions in the past but this my dream to become the next x factor winner. i mean thats the best right lol!!!

    Comment by ryan tate — Saturday, 6 March, 2010 @ 17:18

  22. OMG IVE AUDITIONED YIKES I cant sing ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH my brother signed me up for it Bye xxxxxxxx Beth

    Comment by Bethan Taylor — Sunday, 7 March, 2010 @ 20:03

  23. hi ive just applied for the x factor this year…i understand the process of the two or three auditions you have to go through before your in with a chance of seeing the actual judges but IF you you get to sing in front of Simon etc is this done in the old fashioned way with no music, in a room with just the judges behind the desk or is it now done on a stage with music of your choice?
    Also when are the auditions planning to take place? What month?

    Comment by Jay — Monday, 8 March, 2010 @ 11:30

  24. Has anyone heard back from the application form they filled in yet?
    Just getting pretty nervous now, we’re applying as a group :) Look out for Freebird!
    Good luck everyone and could someone let us know if they find anything out?

    Comment by Sally and Emily — Monday, 8 March, 2010 @ 14:06

  25. i applied for this year too,
    really wanna meet simon cowell i love him XD
    imma get him to sign my ass :P
    doubt i`ll make it past the “three” rounds.
    but sure its a laugh :D
    good luck to all who are auditioning

    Comment by jessii — Monday, 8 March, 2010 @ 19:28

  26. well my friends auditioned and got through to the judges and there is only one round the day before then you see the judges

    Comment by Hannah — Monday, 8 March, 2010 @ 21:14

  27. Hie everyone , i have a very important question : i actually come from france ; am i allowed to audition in the uk ? Thank you for answering ; ) !

    Comment by Maud — Tuesday, 9 March, 2010 @ 15:11

  28. hi im auditioning for the x factor. Could anybody give me any tips to stay cool and how many times do you have to audition before you get to the judges

    Comment by victoria parbury — Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 @ 21:11

  29. i signed up for xfacter 2010 in november and got no repy yet:(does anyone know a helpline i can ring:)
    i really wanna go, like everyone else does. so if anyone can give me any advice i’d be so happy to hear:)

    Comment by katie — Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 @ 21:17

  30. hay people i tik i may have a bit of info to elp i applie last year but couldn get the confidents up to go but fr the eoplelooking for info on the prosses then if you applied online or by phone then u will recieve a confiration lettewith your venue and time and any nessesary info at the end of march star of april..and i also applied this year so wish me luck

    Comment by Danny wright — Thursday, 11 March, 2010 @ 00:31

  31. I applied around january this year and i havent received any e-mail or anything. Dont know whats going on coz we’re in March, did they not except me??

    Comment by joy — Thursday, 11 March, 2010 @ 14:25

  32. im auditioning :) checkouy my youtube


    Comment by Charlotte — Tuesday, 23 March, 2010 @ 12:22

  33. I had no idea that you had to go through all of this just to get an unlikely chance in front of the judges. I’ve been wanting to apply for the X Factor for so many years now and I think in spite of all the negative things I’m hearing about the auditions, I want to go for it next year. What have I got to lose really!

    Comment by Paris — Sunday, 15 August, 2010 @ 11:08

  34. Hi all,new song written in support of the Singers on Xfactor called “Pop Idol” The Singers Reply (to Simon).

    Hope you like it..

    Comment by Alan — Tuesday, 24 August, 2010 @ 10:29

  35. Does Simon cowell not posess any shirts. sitting on the panel at live auditions in your vest is not only insulting to viewers, but it shows a lack of respect for the female panelllists who are alwasys imaculately turned out and even Louis always looks smart and the contestants who have spent weeks putting together their outfits for the audition of their lives. If i was Simon’s mother I would be so dissapointed as I am sure she taught him respect and how to dress from a young age. Acting like a petulant teenager is not an attractive quality in a man!!!

    Comment by Brenda Waning Fan — Saturday, 28 August, 2010 @ 17:25

  36. I don’t know why the judges procrastinated so much about Tom Richards audition: he has the whole package: youth, good looks, a smile that would melt any girl OR woman’s heart be they besotted teens or doting grannies ( like me ), an AMAZING voice ( regardless of what Ridiculous Lott or Ludicrous Cole say),and he sang the script song brillianly. X Faxtor couldn’t go wrong with this lad, ‘cos in my book, an adoring female fan contingent, is a more formibale force than just about any other; possessing the kind of fanatiscism, that even Simon Cowell can’t stand agaisnt. It was complete cr*p to say that he seemed contrived_ the only thing contrived on the X Fator is the ridiculous play acting between the judges_ no doubt it’s deliberately contrived between themselves to add a bit of interest and to whip up an indignant audeince who know full well that they’ve just heard a superb perfromer; but it’s not fair to the poor contestantwho’s standing there with their heart in their mouth, to have their performance picked to peices just to make the show more interesting. The lad played a blinder. Give him the credit he deserves.

    Comment by Janet Stevens — Monday, 27 September, 2010 @ 14:00

  37. i wen and watched the adduitions in cardiff and they where AMAZINGG i wood go againn :)

    Comment by nicol — Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 @ 12:16

  38. can any1 tell me the name of the small girl that i think was singing pack up in bootcamp??

    Comment by josh — Thursday, 7 October, 2010 @ 13:03

  39. no way
    im not batteling 4 a fukin box set
    kiss my clart
    fuk 106 in da park
    they aint gunna drop my tune
    anywayz an no wayz on tv
    its just how they stay if ur frm the uk
    an pluggin away
    on this waste ov space
    it getz harder
    like my empty fridge
    against x factor wannabeez
    an cheryl colez
    acting like assholez
    mayb it all sounds familiar
    goin up against
    buying up airwaves
    like surfers riding the oceans waves
    all sounding like daves
    an now everyones buying intu this shit
    mayb i should get burke to give me a hit
    an kids no the reality
    even if their parents dont
    from the fake intake
    that makes u choke
    so ill burn a sliff up tu smoke
    and watch another kid
    get booted up the ass by a chick with no class

    Read more:

    Comment by zarzar — Wednesday, 20 October, 2010 @ 10:37

  40. Okay, i really woulg like to know how long you will be waiting in the Q for the x factor addutions . Of coures i will still do it but i am just woundering because my nana wants to come with me .i told her that the wait is pretty long but she still wants to go. i some boby could give me a idea of the wait that would be great , Thanks xxx

    Comment by Sophie — Friday, 29 October, 2010 @ 13:19

  41. Does anybody know if xfactor is coming back in 2011 ? Cause i really want audition for it ! .. Somebody help ! Thank you <3

    Comment by Sophie — Monday, 22 November, 2010 @ 15:56

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