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Images: Wednesday's "The X Factor" auditions

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  • Lisa Janoschka a Hersey High School takes a drink of water before belting out her song in the parking lot of the Sears Centre Wednesday.

       Lisa Janoschka a Hersey High School takes a drink of water before belting out her song in the parking lot of the Sears Centre Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Darin Ortman of Wheeling had to wait in line with thousands of suburban hopefuls auditioning for Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor" at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Wednesday, April 27th.

       Darin Ortman of Wheeling had to wait in line with thousands of suburban hopefuls auditioning for Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor" at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Wednesday, April 27th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Lisa Janoschka, a Hersey High School graduate, practiced dancing and kicking in the parking lot before trying out for "The X Factor" at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Wednesday.

       Lisa Janoschka, a Hersey High School graduate, practiced dancing and kicking in the parking lot before trying out for "The X Factor" at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey High School graduate Lisa Janoschka warms up before "The X Factory" auditions Wednesday.

       Hersey High School graduate Lisa Janoschka warms up before "The X Factory" auditions Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A production crew with Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor" pumps up the crowd for a video shoot Wednesday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

       A production crew with Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor" pumps up the crowd for a video shoot Wednesday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls turned out in the rain with their umbrellas for the "The X Factor" auditions at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls turned out in the rain with their umbrellas for the "The X Factor" auditions at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Darin Ortman of Wheeling waits in line for Wednesday's "The X Factor" auditions.

       Darin Ortman of Wheeling waits in line for Wednesday's "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Stephen Fuhri, a truck driver in the northwest suburbs, models his elaborate costume for Wednesday's auditions.

       Stephen Fuhri, a truck driver in the northwest suburbs, models his elaborate costume for Wednesday's auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls turned out in the rain with their umbrellas for the "The X Factor" auditions at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls turned out in the rain with their umbrellas for the "The X Factor" auditions at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Stephen Fuhri had to abandon part of his rain-soaked costume before hading into the Sears Centre for "The X Factor" auditions.

       Stephen Fuhri had to abandon part of his rain-soaked costume before hading into the Sears Centre for "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Max Goldstein, 15, of Highwood, sings in the parking lot before auditioning for "The X Factor" Wednesday.

       Max Goldstein, 15, of Highwood, sings in the parking lot before auditioning for "The X Factor" Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Pepsi cheerleaders sing for thousands of suburban hopefuls who turned out in the rain to audition for Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor" at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Wednesday.

       Pepsi cheerleaders sing for thousands of suburban hopefuls who turned out in the rain to audition for Simon Cowell's new show, "The X Factor" at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Max Goldstein, 15, of Highwood, sings in the parking lot prior to "The X Factor" auditions.

       Max Goldstein, 15, of Highwood, sings in the parking lot prior to "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.

       Thousands of suburban hopefuls waited three hours in the rain prior to the doors opening at the Sears Centre Wednesday for the "The X Factor" auditions.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

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