LydiaN Posted March 29, 2011 Share Posted March 29, 2011 Okay, so I auditioned for the X-factor in Los Angeles and I have to say that it was the most grueling and unfair process! No I didn't make it though to the next level, but before anyone assumes that I'm just mad because I didn't make it, let me tell you about the process... Saturday morning, registration started at 6am and went until 6am on Sunday... So after standing in line from about 7:30am until about 3:00pm on Saturday, my "supporters" and I finally got our wristbands and tickets. (If you didn't have both, you would not be admitted to the auditions on Sunday.) We received instructions to return between 6:00 and 6:30am on Sunday morning. They said the "auditions" would start at 8am on Sunday. When we arrived, it was dark, cold, and it had rained, and we ended up standing in a puddle of water, waiting to get in. At 8am, they didn't start the auditions, they started taping the opening "crowd of auditioners" scenes for the show. For two hours, they expected us to yell "I have the X-Factor" and other various phrases, scream and cheer at the top of our lungs and jump and dance and sing along with all of the songs they were playing (by Lady Gaga, Usher, Katy Perry, and other artists' songs that I didn't really know the words to anyway). Finally around 12pm they let us inside of the auditorium. I went out into the corridor to warm up around 12:45pm or so, but they called everyone back inside of the auditorium at 1pm to say that they were starting the auditions. There were 24 "booths" on the floor divided only by black curtains with a judge in each booth... One person was in each booth at a time, but everyone was singing for the judges at the same time. There were three levels of 30 sections each and they took one section at a time and not always in order--and I was in section 30 on the second level. They didn't tell us in what order we would be taken down to audition, and they didn't give us even an estimate of how long it would take to get to everyone. By the time my turn came, it was after 7pm and I had already spent over 6 hours trying to keep my voice warm. After 4 hours, my throat was starting to tingle so I had my husband buy me some tea from the concession stand. While it helped soothe my throat, it didn't help enough. When I got into the booth--the noise from the other auditioners was deafening! It was ten times worse than the noise of all the people singing in the corridor. The judge didn't even let me put my belongings down and get ready on the marked spot before he started asking me questions and that totally threw me off guard. My audition was not as good as it would have been if I had been able to go when my voice was still fresh. Interestingly, I noticed at the beginning--a lot of people were making it through, but as time went on...fewer and fewer were getting a yes. Also, out of 24 judges, we only saw 4 booths shut down so the judges could take a break. I'm sure if they didn't take a break, everyone was just starting to blend together. To be honest, I don't think the process was fair to the auditioners OR the judges. I don't understand how they expected vocalists to scream for two hours straight, require some of us to stay warm for 6 hours or more and still give our best performance? I don't think a professional could even do that. My voice still feels strained two days later, and I didn't even scream that much because I didn't want to stress my voice too much, knowing that I had to sing. Oh, btw, the "yes" was simply a "yes" that you could come back yesterday (Monday) and audition again, and if you got another "yes", you might have to come back today (Tuesday) to be weeded through some more. From what I understand, American Idol went through 4 rounds of this before they even made it on televised auditions. If those people went through what we did every time they went to audition, I understand why some of those people go ballistic during the televised auditions and they are rejected. The show wants us to believe that they are over reacting and such, but I have a new appreciation for what they have actually gone through. And I am convinced that the people who make it to the show may not be the most talented--they may simply be the ones that stand up to the abuse the best. As long as they are doing the auditions this way, it will never be a fair competition and they couldn't pay me enough money to do it again..... Seeing what happens behind the scenes has totally ruined it for me. I can't even look at these shows the same way again. Actually, I'm relieved I didn't make it-- I'd love to see your comments--what do you think about this? Lydia Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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