Hundreds sing in Cary for a shot at FOX 50's X Factor

Posted April 30, 2011 7:22 p.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2011 7:25 p.m. EDT

Before the sun was fully in the sky Saturday morning, the stars came out.

Nearly 500 people lined up at Cary's Towne Center Mall for a chance to compete at the X-Factor auditions in Dallas, Texas. The show is a new singing competition from Simon Cowell of American Idol fame. It will air on WRAL's sister station FOX 50.

Celia Richardson, 12, said she performed Saturday to make her parents light up.

"They're really proud of me because I overcame my fear," she said.

Young and old, and from all over eastern North Carolina, people with a song in their heart lined up for hours to sing for just a minute or two before a panel of judges.

"I'm 62 years old and I've been singing since I was 4 years old and I said, 'I might as well try,'" said Teresa Teachey from Fuquay-Varina.

Brittney Kennedy of Fayetteville was shaking with excitement.

"This is my passion. As soon as I saw Simon Cowell and X Factor, I said, 'Oh my God, I got to do it,'" she said.

The three winners will be announced May 9 and will get free airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the auditions in Dallas May 26.