“The X Factor”
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“The X Factor”

Thousands of people wait outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena before auditions for the new Fox show “The X Factor” early Sunday morning. Simon Cowell from “American Idol” is the producer as well as one of the judges. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Most of the hopefuls came prepared for the rain and cold as they waited outside the Sports Arena for auditions to begin early Sunday morning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Singer-musician Paul Sinclair Anderson warms up in line before the auditions. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Yucca Valley high school students Samantha Sunday, 14, left, and Sara Wilkinson, 15, apply nail polish before their duet audition for the new show “The X Factor.” (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Fox officials were expecting a crowd of about 15,000 for the auditions in Los Angeles. After the L.A. stop, the show will travel to Miami, New Jersey, Seattle, Dallas and Chicago in its search for talent. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Laura Vios of Bishop, Calif., waits patiently outside the Sports Arena. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Hopefuls dance and sing outside the Sports Arena in Los Angeles early Sunday morning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Contestants arrive at the Sports Arena for auditions. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
People in the audition line passed the time in a variety of ways. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Luke Breyer waits outside the Sports Arena before auditions for the new Fox show “The X Factor,” which will premiere in the fall. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Contestants definitely had their own sense of style at Sunday’s auditions. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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