Kids from across South Carolina got a lesson in TV production Tuesday that they won’t soon forget.
They got to watch the first taping of the third season of “The X Factor” at the North Charleston Coliseum. During it, they learned how to be patient when production is delayed and how to react if they see themselves on camera.
The Fox Television music competition show, created by Simon Cowell, is kicking off its next season by filming four shows in Charleston for the judge’s round, complete with Cowell, Demi Lovato, and new judges just announced Monday, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.
The shows will air in the fall. Production will move to New Orleans, Long Island and Denver over the next month.
Last season, Tate Stevens was crowned the winner and was awarded a recording contract.
His video debuted as a Pepsi commercial during the live telecast of the Grammy Awards.
“The X Factor” format also has created global superstars, including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd and Olly Murs.
In March the show held a first found of auditions at the coliseum, during which more than 6,000 hopefuls sang for producers.
Show officials said some of those auditioning Tuesday and today may be locals who got through that round.
The audience was filled Tuesday afternoon mostly with students from area schools.
Oakbrook Middle School in Summerville, for instance, brought about 125 seventh-graders to the taping.
“We used it as a reward for students who had no referrals,” said teacher Danielle Moreau. “It’s been very motivating for them. They’re all very happy to be here.”
Once inside, audience members were instructed how to act, from not booing the singers to how to do a standing ovation.
Then the waiting began. For more than an hour, audience members were invited to perform for the crowd. Eventually, show officials announced that the delay was because Cowell “is staying on some island around here” and was stuck in traffic on his way to the coliseum.
The auditions started without him as a judge. He arrived about 15 minutes later.
From middle-aged men to 20-somethings in tutus, several people auditioned, and a few even got through to the next round.
But that’s all the detail you’ll get here. Media were asked not to spoil the surprise, so you’ll have to tune in this fall if you want to know if that good looking kid in the cowboy boots really does have the X Factor.