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    Posted: 08 Apr 2011 at 12:34

Gloria Estefan lends some star power to X Factor auditions in Miami

By Chris Johnson
Last updated at 9:43 AM on 8th April 2011

The Queen of Latin Pop showed her support for X Factor hopefuls today as she turned out to the Miami auditions for Simon Cowell's new U.S. X Factor.

Gloria Estefan rallied the 7,500 hopefuls who started cramming into the Bank United Center at the University of Miami at around 7am this morning. 

At 53, the Grammy Award-winning star looked remarkably youthful and showed off her svelte figure in a form-fitting black ensemble.


Show them what you've got: Gloria Estefan joined the 7,500-strong crowd today in Miami for the second round of U.S. X Factor auditions


Pick me: The teams of hopefuls started cramming into the Bank United Center at the University of Miami at around 7am this morning

The Latino superstar told crowds: 'I hope all of you have a great day and remember to go all out! You've got one shot - one chance, so make sure you give it your all.

'Be yourself, the only thing you can offer is originality to the world. There's a lot of great singers and dancers but you have to do what makes you unique.

'Good luck and make Miami proud!'

Auditions will continue through to the end of May with rounds in New Jersey next week, Chicago, Dallas and Seattle. The first auditions were held last month in Los Angeles.

At this stage, would-be contestants and auditioning in front of show producers. Auditions will be held at a later stage in front of the judges, which so far include Cowell and music mogul LA Reid. The other two judges are still to be announced. 


Give it you all: Gloria told fans to be themselves, go for it, and make Miami proud

There was a huge diversity of people in the crowd today, from jail wardens to pensioners, to children as young as 12.

Grandfather Henry Robinson had travelled all the way from his home in Savannah, Georgia, and brought along a huge placard with his 'bucket list' printed on it.

As well as wanting to attend a major golf tournament, the 70-year-old had also included his wish to attend an X Factor audition and go on to eventually win the show.

The Vietnam war veteran said: 'I survived Vietnam and the next thing I want to get past is Simon Cowell.

'It was my birthday a few days ago and this will help me celebrate it.

'I’ve always wanted to have the chance to get my voice heard and will never miss an opportunity to make something of myself.'


Ready to perform: There was a mixed crowd of people, from children as young as 12 right up to pensioners

Jail warden and mother Dawn Bryan, 29 from Naples was another face in the crowd.

'I’m nervous but I just want to do my best and show that I have what  it takes,' she said.

'Singing is my whole life and I want to do this for myself and my son Jonathan.

'I’ve been watching X-Factor and American Idol and all the shows since I was young and I believe now is my time to shine.'

Edging in over the new minimum age requirement of 12 was schoolgirl Isabella Guerrero, from Boca Raton.

'I’m really into performing,' she said. 'I just love being on stage. 


Bucket list: Grandfather Henry Robinson wants to 'survive' Simon Cowell and win the show


We've got the X Factor: Auditions continue over the coming months throughout the United States

'I’ve heard X Factor is the biggest stage in the world so that’s why I’m here.'

X Factor creator Cowell also announced today the launch of  specially-built audition studios in Honolulu and Phoenix, Nashville, Anchorage, Kansas City and Denver.

Meanwhile it has emerged that the U.S. X Factor show will have two hosts when it launches later this year.

The new talent show will be launched on Fox, which also screens American Idol, in September and the CEO of FremantleMedia North America, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, has been speaking about the new programme.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: 'Our job is to make sure the two shows are as distinct as possible.

'For example: We're making sure there are two entirely different teams with no overlap in terms of individuals who are working on both shows. And from a format and tonal standpoint, they're very different.

'In terms of casting the judges, again, we're making sure the looks are different. And I can reveal that we'll have two hosts on The X Factor.'

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