TV show auditions today

ALBANY, Ga. -- So, do you think you have what it takes to be a star?

Fox 31 is holding auditions today to find undiscovered local talent 12 years and older who could represent Southwest Georgia at the "X Factor" auditions in Dallas later this month.

Solo and group acts will take to the stage at the Levee Studios starting 9 a.m., and by the end of the day, two talented performers will have their tickets punched to Dallas.

"X Factor" is the brain child of former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell and is scheduled to premier on the Fox network this fall.

"We've already had between 74 and 80 people preregister online," WFXL Marketing Manager Josh Boutwell said. "We've been very pleased with the response from the community and we know there are some very talented singers in south Georgia. I think by the time we get going we'll have somewhere between 100 and 150 contestants.

"Anything more than those numbers will be outstanding."

Late registration will continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, and final round competition will begin around 3 p.m..

A five-judge panel will award points in several standardized scoring categories, such as voice, presentation and stage presence. At the end of the competition, points will be totaled and the two performers with the highest numbers will advance to Dallas.

The five local judges are:

-- Steve Scott, assistant professor of vocal music at Darton College;

-- Paula Carter, Lee County Middle School choir teacher;

-- Deanna Weber, assistant professor of fine arts at Albany State University;

-- Amber Humphries, co-owner of Smitten Photography and voice coach;

-- Jon Willis, musical instructor at The Levee Studios.