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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