18,000 hopefuls turn up for Simon Cowell`s ‘X Factor’ audition

London: Simon Cowell`s X Factor got off to a record-breaking start in the US, with more than 18,000 hopefuls turning up for the first auditions in Los Angeles.

Singers dreaming of landing a 5 million dollars recording contract made it the biggest talent show ­audition LA has ever seen, reports the Mirror.

Wannabes camped out to be sure of a place near the front of the line at the LA Sports Arena in a bid to take the first step to stardom.

Organisers confirmed singers as young as 12 and as old as 87 had shown off their vocal talents, with ­auditions continuing into the night.

Auditions continue in Miami, Newark, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas.