Simon Says: X Factor Is Unlike Any Show You Have Seen - Plus, Audition Sites Revealed

Not that he would dare to steal any of American Idol‘s current thunder, but Simon Cowell appears in a new video touting Fox’s The X Factor as a reality competition the likes of which you have never seen. (Unless, that is, you live across the pond or watch videos of the UK version online).

“It’s basically a singing competition with a twist,” Cowell says in the video below, noting that because there are no age limits on either end, X Factor is “open to anyone” who can carry a tune.

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With the contestants vying against their peers as solo acts, or as groups, and the yet-to-be-announced judges doubling as coaches, Simon assures us: “You have never seen a show like this before in America. A lot’s going to happen that will surprise you.”

Fox has also announced audition dates and sites for its X Factor, which premieres this fall:

Sunday, March 27 | The L.A. Sports Arena in Los Angeles
Thursday, April 7 | The Bank United Center in Miami, Fla.
Thursday, April 14 | The Prudential Center in lovely Newark, N.J.
Wednesday, April 20 | The Key Arena in Seattle, Wash.
Wednesday, April 27 | The Sears Centre Arena in Chicago
Date and Site TBA | Dallas, Texas

Additional audition details, including eligibility requirements, are available at Fox.com/TheXFactor.

Will you be checking out the U.S. X Factor?