Do you have what it takes to win The X-Factor?

If you're going to have the slightest chance of getting into an audition for The X-Factor, or American Idol, you'll need to know a little bit about the resources you're going to need to get ahead of tens of thousands of other pop stars.

Attitude! Attitude!

Having a positive, healthy attitude towards your target could be the most important asset you can have to become wealthy and famous. Don't make the fatal mistake of having it in your mind that "you're a natural star" means, "you're sure to succeed." If that's your mentality, then you're headed for a fall, long before you start to become a contender.

Humility! Humility!

It's always worth noting that thousands of people would be much better than you. Musically, they're better accomplished, mentally, they look better; but what 99% of this hopeless lack is "HUMILITY!" Yeah, that's right. Ask yourself a question: Do you like people full of self-importance? "No? Well, that's a good start. Nobody likes a smart-ass who thinks they are streets ahead of the competition. 9 out of 10 people that think this way hide behind a curtain that hides their insecurity. In short, it's a put-on, bravado, call it what you like. It certainly pays to be modest.

Understand your talents and be yourself!

Understanding your talents is crucial. There are many people who want to aspire to great heights, as their own pop hero, whether it's Britney Spears, Barry Manilow, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, the list is endless. What's important for you to get to grips with right now is that these pop stars, celebrities, megastars, call them what you're calling them. "They don't claim to be YOU when they perform, so don't pretend to be them by emulating their style. Talent show scouts won't give you a second look at you sound-like or sing in the style of an already-established pop figurehead.

We've all been to a Karaoke evening at one time or another. Right? Karaoke hailed from Japan, the idea being that anyone could get up and sing to a pre-recorded music track that embedded the lyrics, meaning the singer would sing along to the pre-produced karaoke tracks, reading the words on a TV screen to accompany the vocal output. For the better part, it inspires people to get on their feet and sing to an assembled crowd,-mostly in public houses, who wouldn't usually have the confidence to do so, aside from singing in the toilet.

On the one hand, however, it's fair to say that Karaoke is a decent source of musical recreation; the downside is that Karaoke events have often been responsible for producing a multitude of "would-be pop stars" that in fact have no greater chance of being the pop idol they imitate as I took the Pope out to a Rave party. That's my point. Karaoke is perfect for the vocal technique,-but that's it. Again, MUST be yourself!

Keep concentrated, work hard to build a distinctive style to demonstrate your vocal ability. I know I'm saying this, but don't try to imitate the original song artist you're hoping to perform at your audition. If you do, all the advice I've given so far would waste time.

Choose a song that suits your style, telling you something. Practice the song again and again until you feel completely relaxed with the song's vocal range (low notes and high notes), if you think you can't sing the low or high notes with consistency and definition,-move on to another song. And I mean moving to another album! Ok, the most suitable song may not be your first and common option, but you're more likely to do justice when you need it. Ok, let's say you've selected your best album. You need to think about YOU and your IMAGE.

Again, don't slip into the pit of emulating your own pop idols look and dress sense. Remember: they're special in what they do and how they dress. You MUST do the same,-build your own style and dress code. Slightly understated is fine. You certainly deserve to be remembered for your positive attitude, unique vocal ability, and impeccable styling.

I hope you succeed in getting on TV and winning The X-factor, or American Idol. Please let me know if the information I gave you on the road to stardom.

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