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'The X Factor' visits L.A., finds some kooky characters

March 28, 2011 | 11:57 am


They came. They sang (some even danced). They had burritos.

An estimated 15,000 people filled the L.A. Sports Arena parking lot early Sunday morning -- 5 a.m.-ish early ... even with the rain -- for the first round of auditions for Fox's new singing competition series, "The X Factor."

The show will mark the return of "American Idol" star judge, Simon Cowell. At stake is a $5-million recording contract with Sony, and those in attendance were pulling out all the stops so that they might find themselves competing for all that dough when the show premieres in the fall.  

Sure, it was chilly and there were puddles of water on the asphalt, but those were minor setbacks! Plus, it helped that there were vendors making the rounds with burritos, cotton candy and hot chocolate (all sure-fire ways to soothe vocal cords)

Click through our gallery to get a glimpse at some of the hopefuls.Xfactor2

What do you think? See anyone with the "X Factor"?

-- Yvonne Villarreal / villarrealy

Photo: "The X-Factor" hopefuls dance outside the Sports Arena before auditions in Los Angeles early Sunday morning. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times