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“The X Factor” is based on Mr. Cowell’s British-born hit series. At stake is a $5 million recording contract.

Those invited to the booths to sing must be at least 12 years old and can be solo artists or vocal groups. Each audition will be sent to the show’s producers, and those selected will take part in callbacks.

The decision has not been made about who the third judge will be, but Mr. Cowell said that Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has come up in discussions.

TV on DVD: Who shot J.R.?

Devoted fans of “Dallas,” the prime-time CBS soap opera that enjoyed a 14-season run starting in 1978, will not want to miss “Dallas: The Movie Collection” (Warner Home Video, $26.98).

The cliffhanger-heavy scandals of the Ewing family compactly play out over these three supplemental made-for-TV movies. They include 1986’s “The Early Years,” which explores the Barnes-Ewing feud in the 1930s. Next, “J.R. Returns” from 1996 finds some of the cast back to really conclude — or maybe not — the regular series. Finally, “War of the Ewings” from 1998 offers a final attempt to please the nostalgic “Dallas” viewership with Bobby and Sue Ellen still in control of Ewing Oil and still fighting J.R.

An extra 90-minute presentation, “The Return to Southfork” delivers the cast reunion show from 2004. It’s loaded with memories and clips starring many of the regulars, including Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, Charlene Tilton and Linda Gray.

Compiled from staff, web and wire reports.