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on September 28, 2013 10:50 AM

Area viewers of “The X Factor” may have been caught by surprise Thursday when an Indiana resident auditioned on the popular TV singing competition.

Zach Beeken, 17, a 2013 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School, performed on the show, which searches for musical talent in those 12 years of age and older who are “willing to brave the panel” of judges, according to “The X Factor” website.

Judges for the show are Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio and Demi Lovato.

In a “Yes, I Made It” video on “The X Factor” website, Beeken described his audition as “crazy” and a “once in a lifetime experience.”

“The X Factor” returns Wednesday for the first Four Chair Challenge Round.

Listen to Beeken perform a cover of “Gettin’ You Home,” by Chris Young, on The Indiana Gazette online.

— Ellen Matis

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