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NEWS: 'The X Factor' Winner to Score $5 Million Record Deal!

Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor," isn't even on the air yet and it's already breaking records -- by announcing that the show's winner will nab a $5 million Sony record deal ... the highest prize in TV history!

Cowell, Sony Music, FreeMantle Media North America and FOX made the announcement this morning -- where they also gave out a little more info as to who's eligible for the big prize.

"The X Factor" will be open to anyone 12+, with no upper age limit, and auditions will kick off March 27 in L.A. -- followed by auditions in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York/New Jersey and Seattle.

“I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group,” said Cowell. “I’ve never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract. I’m doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar.”

Those looking to compete should check out the show's website now and sign up for audition information.

"The X Factor" makes its U.S. debut this fall.

Comments (3)

robert gray:  1449 days ago

I believe that the X-Factor will find a super star with Simon at the helm. He has a real insight to talent and recognizes those that could be the winner. His comments though sometimes curt and cold are genuine and given with the best interests of the contestant in mind.

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BNHonest:  1449 days ago

@ Robert. You really are a simon fan. He was insensitive and down right abusive sometimes and I really dont beleive he did that for your own good. I think he did it for two reasons #1 people love to see someone kickem when there down its good for ratings and # 3 he an @^&^#^%%#*

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Hisjules:  1448 days ago


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