I tried out for the first series of X-Factor in the UK. I didn't know what it was, but we tried out anyway.
I was a busker at the time (still am, sometimes), and it was raining, the streets were dead, and we just gave up for the day.
Then we walked past the town hall and there was a massive queue outside, so we joined it to see what it was, and we were eventually given a number - still without being told what it was, and we just sat around in the warm until they called us.
On the way in, we asked somebody else who was sitting around what we were supposed to be doing and they told us - just as well that was our day job, really.
We didn't get through - we didn't even make the funny bit of the crap acts, but we did try out.
We bought an amp today, use for $75, a Peavey Vyper, unlike anything I'd seen, has a bunch of built-in effects (delay, phase, overdrive, chorus, etc.), just a little practice amp, good for her to use starting out with her Starcaster.
@Thomas Willingham i did a part of uptown girl for a spot of the British x-factor but wasn't in at the end :). @Mike Is she in for the singing factor or for the fear factor? Good luck to her either way.
@Kyriakos Brastianos - This is the Aussie X-factor which I believe is singing, dancing, juggling - your basic all round talent show. She was singing. Didn't make it this time but got some strong encouragement to come back next year and try again. She did very well, except from my interpretation she ended up with the equivalent of "Simon" as a judge.