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Images: Simon, Paula and the X Factor auditions in Hoffman Estates

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  • Erira Mamuti of Bridgeport gets a hug from Simon Cowell before the taping of the judges round for The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Erira Mamuti of Bridgeport gets a hug from Simon Cowell before the taping of the judges round for The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Simon Cowell arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Simon Cowell arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Erira Mamuti of Bridgeport gets a hug from Simon Cowell before the taping of the judges round for The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Erira Mamuti of Bridgeport gets a hug from Simon Cowell before the taping of the judges round for The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Paula Abdul arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Paula Abdul arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Simon Cowell makes an X sign with his arms as he arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Simon Cowell makes an X sign with his arms as he arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Paula Abdul is photographed through glass as she greets fans inside Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Paula Abdul is photographed through glass as she greets fans inside Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • L.A. Reid arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       L.A. Reid arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Cheryl Cole fans hold signs before the taping of The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Cheryl Cole fans hold signs before the taping of The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Paula Abdul waves to fans as she arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Paula Abdul waves to fans as she arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Paula Abdul arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Paula Abdul arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Daniel Benkeser, 16, of Wayne, in plaid shirt, gets a hug from Simon Cowell before the taping of the judges round for The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Daniel Benkeser, 16, of Wayne, in plaid shirt, gets a hug from Simon Cowell before the taping of the judges round for The X Factor at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The X Factor fans line up outside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates for taping of the judges round for on Thursday, May 19th.

       The X Factor fans line up outside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates for taping of the judges round for on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Daniel Benkeser, 16, of Wayne, gets a hug from Paula Abdul as she arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Daniel Benkeser, 16, of Wayne, gets a hug from Paula Abdul as she arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Paula Abdul holds her heart to fans as she arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Paula Abdul holds her heart to fans as she arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Cheryl Cole arrive at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Cheryl Cole arrive at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Simon Cowell give the thumbs-up as he arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Simon Cowell give the thumbs-up as he arrives at the Sears Centre for taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Paula Abdul tries to pull away from clutching fans while coming up the steps to the Sears Centre for the taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.

       Paula Abdul tries to pull away from clutching fans while coming up the steps to the Sears Centre for the taping of the judges round for The X Factor in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Fans of The X Factor dance outside of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates before the show taping on Thursday, May 19th.

       Fans of The X Factor dance outside of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates before the show taping on Thursday, May 19th.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

The x factor judges arrived in hoffman estates on thursday afternoon to judge the chicago area hopefuls. the celebrity judges this year are simon cowell, paula abdul, antonio "l.a." reid and cheryl cole.if contestants make the cut thursday and friday, they will advance to the next round of the competition.

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