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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Says He Would Have Auditioned for ‘X Factor’

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Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley hooked up with bandmate Hillary Scott quickly after moving to Nashville, and the trio (with Dave Haywood) didn’t spend much time pounding on record label doors begging for an audition. The singer admits that had things worked out differently however, he’d have been up for trying out for a reality show like ‘American Idol’ or ‘X Factor.’

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Kelley says he supports those types of shows. “I think it gives a lot of people a great opportunity who might otherwise not have the chance or know how to go about it. A lot of is being in the right place at the right time. There’s a good chance I would have auditioned.”

Scott did tryout for ‘American Idol,’ but didn’t make it past the early auditions. “I never got to see them (the judges),” she told Entertainment Tonight earlier this year. “I literally performed for the production assistants and the interns, and I just didn’t make it.”

Kelley stopped short of saying he watches those programs, but did say he respects the concept. “I think it has put things more in the fans’ hands,” he said. “It’s almost taking the guesswork out for the labels, which is good. It’s like: ‘Here are 15 artists we may want to sign. Which one do you think we should?’ I think it’s a pretty brilliant concept.”

These days Kelley and his bandmates feel fortunate to often be asked to perform on hit television programs. Their new album ‘Own the Night’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts this week, selling almost 350,000 copies in just one week. Look for Lady Antebellum to perform on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Oct. 1.

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