So my work on the MTV show The Pauly D Project lead to being called by FOX to shoot the X-Factor auditions in Providence. The auditions were held over three days in June, with two sessions held each day. For this post, I’m just going to show some of the arrivals of the judges and the introductions of the judges to the audience inside the arena.
There was huge crowd gathered outside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, waiting for the chance to get a glimpse of the judges.
L.A. Reid arrived first. I was restricted to an area with the rest of the media to shoot the arrivals. Originally I was allowed to be in the path from the limo to the door, but the production crew wanted as few as people as possible in the area.
I shot this wide to show the X-Factor sign above and to show the crowd. At this point near the door, they didn’t allow many people.
The cell phone papparazzi were out.
At this point Demi was posing for the other FOX photographer, before stepping inside the arena.
A full body shot to show the outfit. The judges wore the same outfit over the three days of auditions in Providence for continuity sake.
The biggest cheers from the crowd were for Britney Spears. I shot this wide to show the X-Factor signage as well. I’m not sure what the girl behind Britney is looking at.
This photo made my laugh. The expression on the older lady’s face is precious. I could tell she didn’t care for Britney. Simon Cowell did not arrive through the front with the rest of the judges.
On the inside of the arena the judges were introduced after a lengthy video to ear splitting screams.
L.A. Reid points out a sign to Demi.
All four judges on stage prior to the first session starting. They talked to the crowd a little. During this portion the audience was encouraged to take photos with their cell phones and tweet the photos.
I’ll end this post with a shot of FOX photographer Ray Mickshaw. He shot all the contestants and the judges from the front, right next to the stage.
On the next post, I’ll add some photos of the backstage area. Thanks for looking.