Contest grants winner 'X Factor' audition pass

It's time for your big break.

If you're tired of talking about leaving this town and entering major stardom, your ticket to success could be on the horizon. You just need a dream, a good singing voice and, of course, the X Factor.

The entry process is under way for Fox 54's "The X Factor" Audition Pass Contest 2012.

Win and you'll get a trip to Rhode Island for an exclusive audition for the reality TV competition's second season. (Note: This is an audition in front of a show producer, not "The X Factor" judges.)

Want to try your luck at the local contest? You'll need to submit an entry form and demo video (two minutes or shorter) by 9 a.m. Thursday (April 26). Entry materials are available online at wxtx.com.

Based on the demos, finalists in the contest will perform at an April 28 contest outside The Loft in downtown Columbus.

"The X Factor" is open to both groups and solo singers, unlike "American Idol." Hopefuls in the local contest must be at least 13 years old. There is no upper age limit.

When the first season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" premiered last year, Melanie Amaro was the inaugural winner of the $5 million recording contract. You might recognize her from those Pepsi commercials with Elton John.

The second season of "The X Factor" has attracted lots of media hype, due largely to a casting shakeup that did away with host Steve Jones, as well as "X Factor" judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.