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Simon Cowell discusses Greensboro auditions [Video]

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Simon Cowell told FOX8's Cindy Farmer that he has a good feeling about coming to Greensboro in May.

Farmer interviewed Cowell via satellite Friday about THE X FACTOR holding auditions at the Greensboro Coliseum on May 1.

"There is something about this region which attracts the type of people we like," Cowell said, referring to the Piedmont Triad.

Stokesdale native Chelsea Sorrell is the third notable "American Idol" contestant from Guilford County, following Fantasia Barrino and Chris Daughtry. Other North Carolina "Idols" include Kellie Pickler, Clay Aiken, Bucky Covington and Scotty McCreery.

But Cowell said THE X FACTOR is better than Idol because there are no age rules and anyone can audition.

"Every kind of singer is genuinely welcome on the show," Cowell said.

The world’s only $5 million audition will begin online auditions at TheXFactorUSA.com on March 1. Open call auditions start March 14 in Kansas City.

Auditions will be held in Austin on March 22. On April 20, auditions will be held in San Francisco.

THE X FACTOR is expanding its audition process to reach more singers than any talent show ever before in its search to find the best new solo artists and vocal groups in America. In addition and new for Season Two, artists with pre-existing management contracts can now audition (subject to limited restrictions).

THE X FACTOR season two winner will receive a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music.

Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid will return as judges to THE X FACTOR this fall on FOX.