|Judges of the X Factor|
Today's adventure followed a particular trend that you might have noticed on our recent outings. Visiting the X Factor Live Auditions was the next stop on our live TV adventure series. X Factor which was now filming it's 3rd Season, held it's Los Angeles auditions at the Galen Center at USC.
What a blast this show was, I suppose you always envision what it's like to actually be there, and it's fun seeing what actually happens, to what ends up being on air.
The X Factor with it's recent shake up of judges, is currently judged by Demi Lavato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell. However during our taping, Paulina Rubio was a no show (or at least not present during the taping).
|Contestants lining up to see if they has the "X Factor"|
The call time that was requested on the ticket was 1:00 pm. We decided to get there around 11:30 am. As we made our way to receive our tickets, we noticed that contestants were being interviewed and were singing to see if they had the "x factor". Once we received our tickets were were told that the tickets were assigned seating so no need to wait around, just to be back before 1:00 pm.
|The X-Facotr Live Audition Tickets|
In order to kill time and cool down, my mom and I decided to go have a drink at Lab, a gastropub that was located walking distance from the Galen Center. Great mimosa for $3 (weekdays from 11am-3pm).
|Mimosas at Lab|
1 o'clock came and it was time to line up, and boy was the heat out in full effect. When you get heat plus people cramped up in the sun, people start to get fidgety. We were out in the sun waiting in line for approximately another hour and a half. People were having heat exhaustion, the whole nine.
|People waiting in line to enter Galen Center|
Once inside the air conditioning was a sign of relief, people started making their way to their seats. Of course movie magic has it's way of making things appear bigger on TV then they actually are in real life. The set is rather average size compared to the enormity of a set you envision from seeing it on TV.
|X Factor Stage|
While waiting in the theatre for the whole audience to settle in their seats, they played a variety of music videos from previous X Factor contestants from both the US and the UK versions. They also picked audience members to stand up and sing to see if they had the "x factor". Overall the experience rather entertaining, and quiet enjoyable.
|Simon, Kelly, and Demi|
Simon, Kelly and Demi were all very nice and very professional, I mean this is their job. As anticipated the crowd went wild the minute the judges even slightly waved their hand in an audience member's direction.
|People exiting Galen Center|
Once it's all said and done the show does take approximately four hours to film. The great thing about this show was the fact of how awesome the cast and crew worked. We've been to other shows where people were disorganized and had zero clue of what to do. The crew of the X Factor were professional, punctual and efficient.
The only downer about this whole experience was the $20 parking.
& always remember it's always a good day to get off the couch...