Cowell & Abdul in Miami for The X Factor auditions

MIAMI (WFLX) - Contestants of all ages, hoping to take FOX's new show 'The X-Factor' by storm, competed in South Florida Tuesday. The BankUnited center swarmed with fans wanting to be in the audience.

"It's inspirational, it's inspiring. I'd like to do this when I get older," says Tatiana Azan, a Coral Reef High School student.

'The X-Factor' is a hit show in the U.K. It's a singing competition Simon Cowell is bringing to the U.S. to search for talent. Tuesday's hunt focused on Miami.

"That's what I want to find, someone who represents the city. Someone sexy and fun to sell records all over the world," says Cowell.

The competition started months ago, grueling auditions reduced the talent pool from 7,000 to less than 100. Cowell has American Idol-alumni Paula Abdul on board. The two hope to make 'X-Factor' equally successful. Abdul says they're looking for a superstar.

"You can't put your finger on it but when they walk onto the stage you know the presence they have," says Abdul.

Those who wow the judges Tuesday will make it to Los Angeles for the next round.

The search continues Wednesday at the BankUnited Center.

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