Entries in Auditions (5)


Gene Simmons' Daughter Auditions for "The X Factor"

Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup(LOS ANGELES) -- Sophie Simmons, daughter of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, has auditioned for the upcoming season of The X Factor, according to TMZ sources.

The 19-year-old told judges at the San Francisco auditions that she wanted a “fair shot” and insisted, “This isn’t about my dad.  This is about my audition.”

Simmons' rock-star dad was on hand to lend his support -- but almost didn’t make it.  TMZ sources say Gene received a surprise call from Sophie, saying that she couldn’t come home for Father’s Day as she was going to be busy with the talent contest.

But father and daughter spent at least some of the day together, after Gene flew by private jet in time to see Sophie try out in front of Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid.  No word yet on whether she passed her audition.

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Did Jim Carrey’s Daughter Get Special Treatment on 'American Idol'?

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jim Carrey’s 24-year-old daughter is heading to Hollywood after passing her American Idol audition in an installment that aired Sunday night, but she didn’t have to camp out or wait for hours on end for her shot at fame like thousands of other hopefuls, RadarOnline reports.

The website claims Jane Carrey received special treatment because she’s the daughter of a celebrity.

A source tells RadarOnline, “She didn’t have to sleep outside and wait for hours to audition like everyone else.  She basically had an appointment and showed up.”

The source says it’s doubtful the Idol judges gave Carrey special treatment, but the show did treat her like a VIP, adding, “Her audition was pre-arranged with the producers.  She did not wait and line up for hours or days outside -- she had a time, she showed up and went in.”

Carrey admitted in a taped piece that aired during the show that her famous last name "definitely helps and hurts."

"I feel there's kind of this pressure to maybe be better, because if I make it somewhere, I run the risk of people saying, 'Oh, you only got there because of this,'" Carrey said.

When Carrey revealed who her famous father is during her audition, Jennifer Lopez said she remembered meeting her as a little girl when Lopez and Jim Carrey were both on In Living Color in the early '90s.

Jane advanced to the next round after performing Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About."  Randy Jackson said he heard potential in her voice while Lopez liked the feel of her voice, but encouraged her to try to connect with her audience.

Afterwards, Jane called her dad.  Jim Carrey said his daughter is wonderful and he, "can't wait for the world to understand what she has."

Jane Carrey’s mom is Jim Carrey’s first wife, Melissa Womer.  The pair married in 1987 and divorced in 1995.

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Season Nine Auditions Announced

Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The reality competition So You Think You Can Dance kicks off its ninth season with auditions beginning Jan. 5 at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

The show continues its search for America's best dancer on Jan. 13 at the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.  Then, it stops at the Manhattan Center in New York on Jan. 23, the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on Feb. 23, and the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2.

For more details on auditions for season nine, as well as eligibility requirements, go to

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'American Idol' Sets Auditions for 11th Season

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- We don't know who will be sitting in judgement on American Idol next season -- Jennifer Lopez has yet to commit to returning -- but producers are ready to start lining up contestants.

Summer auditions for the show's 11th season have been scheduled for more than half a dozen cities.

Here are the dates:

6/28 - St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
7/2 - Portland, OR, Rose Center
7/8 - San Diego, CA, Petco Park
7/15 - Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
7/22 - Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
7/29 - Denver, CO, INVESCO Field at Mile High
8/26 - Houston, TX, Reliant Park

Starry-eyed hopefuls can visit the American Idol website for rules and details about times as producers make the information available.

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Fox Announces 'American Idol' Changes; Judges Meet the Media

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Viewers will notice a few changes to American Idol once it debuts its 10th season next week.

At a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday in Pasadena, California, Fox announced that only 20 semifinalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- will be selected following a special Las Vegas round, during which the hopefuls will perform Beatles songs on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired LOVE show.  The brand-new Vegas round will follow the Hollywood round.

In addition to holdover Randy Jackson, the show has a new judges' panel that includes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, all of whom addressed reporters at the TCA panel.  Lopez said she and fellow newcomer Steven Tyler will bring a fresh perspective to the show.

She said, “We’re artists, we’ve been up there, we’ve auditioned, we’ve been through the rank  [Steven has] toured for, what, 40 years....There’s nothing like having that type of discussion with another artist to help you grow.”

Jackson says viewers will see a different side of him this season because of all the changes, describing himself as "more of an assertive dawg."

American Idol premieres Jan. 19 with auditions in New York/New Jersey.  The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16 and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24, and the 10 finalists -- as well as the judges' wild-card picks -- will be announced March 3.

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