Today, auditions for the FOX show “The X Factor” are being held at the Key Arena, and I dropped by this morning to see if I would be amused by anyone in the crowd.
Unfortunately, most of the contestants were fairly laid back and quiet, at least until the network cameras panned over them.
What struck me the most about this event were the security instructions being blared on a loop through speakers outside of Key Arena. It made the vibe kind of creepy.
“Items X,Y, and Z are prohibited. No professional cameras or video recorders are permitted. No weapons or drugs are permitted. No subversive thoughts are permitted. You will be searched. If prohibited items are found in your possession, you may be arrested. If you don’t agree to be searched, notify the box office. The box office will refund your money via postal mail, you will not get your money back today. Thank you for helping to keep Oceana safe.”
I’m paraphrasing of course, but I’m not far from accurate.
It’s hard to attend any large-scale event in the USA anymore without feeling like you’re living in an eerie 1984-esque police state.
Oh well, sign of the times. Turn your 6 year old over to the nice lady in the TSA uniform. It’s for your own good.
In any event, I think the show is similar to American Idol or America’s Got Talent, but honestly, I’ve never seen it.
The show will air in Fall of this year.