'X Factor' Draws 15,000 Hopefuls to First Day of Auditions (Report)

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell's new singing competition kicked off its tryouts Sunday in Los Angeles.

About 15,000 people showed up Sunday morning to audition for Simon Cowell's new singing competition, The X Factor, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The audition, held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, was the first for the Fox show. Anyone age 12 and up is allowed to audition, and hopefuls also can try out as a solo act or duo.

Hopefuls began showing up at 6 a.m. holding signs reading "Simon, pick me!" and engaging in sing-alongs to sings like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Cee-Lo's "Forget You."

Cowell will serve as one of the judges alongside former Island Def Jam chief Antonio "L.A." Reid. The other two judges have yet to be announced.

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The winner will receive $5 million in cash plus a recording contract with Sony.

Upcoming auditions take place in Miami, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas and Newark, N.J.

X Factor debuts in the fall.