Casting for ‘X Factor,’ ‘Big Brother’ come to area

FOX photo by RICHARD ELLIS -- Those waiting to audition for 'The X Factor' have a little fun in Charleston, S.C., March 19. New Orleans auditions are set for Sunday.
FOX photo by RICHARD ELLIS -- Those waiting to audition for 'The X Factor' have a little fun in Charleston, S.C., March 19. New Orleans auditions are set for Sunday.

Wanted: singers ... and roommates.

FOX’s singing competition series “The X Factor” and CBS’ summer reality series “Big Brother” will both hold auditions in the area.

The “X Factor’s” open-call auditions are scheduled for Sunday at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. Local CBS affiliate WAFB, Channel 9 will record audition videos for “Big Brother” hopefuls Saturday at Price LeBlanc Nissan, 14295 Airline Highway, Gonzales. Another “Big Brother” casting call will take place Friday, April 19, at the House Of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans.

“The X Factor” judges will be looking for vocal ability, charisma and the stage presence it takes to become a star or breakout music act. The winner(s) get a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

Those singers who advance through the first auditions graduate to boot camp and are divided into four categories: boys, girls, over 30s and groups. Each category is mentored by one of the show’s judges. Once the competition starts, the judges voice their opinions, but America’s votes decide the winner.

“The X Factor” executive producer and judge Simon Cowell (formerly of “American Idol”) recently offered his five tips for auditioners, according to eonline.com.

The first is song choice. “Choose a song that’s going to get you remembered,” Cowell says. Second is rehearsing. “When someone nails a song, it’s the best feeling in the world.” His third tip is to be original. “What I look for is what we haven’t seen or heard before.” Cowell’s fourth tip is to not be afraid to be “out there.” “Stand out from the crowd,” he says. And lastly, and if necessary, “don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” Cowell advises.

For those auditioning Sunday, wristbands will be distributed starting at about 8 a.m. on Friday until about 11 a.m. on Sunday. Auditioners are not allowed to camp out at the arena. They will be asked to return, with their wristbands, to the arena by 7 a.m. on Sunday for their auditions.

Meanwhile, “Big Brother 15” is looking for cast members who want to spend the summer with a group of strangers living together in a house in Los Angeles while cameras and microphones record their every move 24 hours a day. One by one, the houseguests will vote each other out of the house each week until at the end of three months, the last remaining houseguest will win the grand prize of $500,000.

WAFB’s open casting call will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Those planning to audition should download the application and read the requirements/instructions. The official release/waiver also must be downloaded, printed, signed and taken to the casting call. The application must be filled out completely and also taken on Saturday. Also, take two color photographs, one a close-up of face, the other a full-length photo of the entire, clothed body. WAFB camera crews will be set up to tape the auditions for the show, and will then send them to CBS.

“Big Brother 14” winner Ian Terry, a Tulane University engineering student from Pittsburgh, will appear at the House of Blues auditions, running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 19.

CBS and Kassting Inc. say they’re looking for outgoing, intriguing, competitive people to be “Big Brother” houseguests this season and compete for the $500,000 against other aggressive and ambitious people. That can mean moms, dads, grandparents, college graduates, singles, all ages 21 and older, a news release said.