The world’s biggest and most successful singing competition, The X Factor, is coming to South African TV screens from September 2014 on SABC 1.
The hit Simon Cowell format has produced stars from Leona Lewis, James Arthur to one of the biggest bands in the world right now, One Direction.
The South African winner stands to win a recording contract with Sony Music and R300 000.00 prize money at the grand finale in Durban on December 13.
With three judges and host set to be announced in early June, online auditions for The X Factor have opened.
National location auditions start from 7 June in Durban before moving to Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Polokwane, Johannesburg, Nelspruit and Pietermaritzburg.
Auditions are open to anyone who is over 18 and who is either singing solo or as part of a group. No bands are allowed and groups must have two or more singers.
Where The X Factor differs from other reality shows is that each judge is assigned a category to mentor; effectively competing against each other to see who can champion a star with “the X factor.”
The X Factor South Africa will be broadcast over 15 weeks – with seven pre recorded shows covering all the drama of the auditions, boot camp and home visits and eight live gala shows from Durban.
“The X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years. The decision of SABC1 presenting this show is informed by the insight that our viewers and South Africans at large have an overwhelming goal to showcase their extraordinary talents for their aspiration to mega-stardom,” said Zandile Nkonyeni, Head of PR: SABC TV Channels.
“So if you know that you have that indefinable something of superstar quality, now is your chance to show SA what you’ve got,” added Nkonyeni.
Aspirant contestants can go to xfactor.sabc1.co.za for entry details.