'X Factor' search starts here

We know Queenstown has the extreme factor, but does it have the X Factor?

The international music show which has launched the careers of artists such as Leona Lewis, Reece Mastin and One Direction will hit New Zealand next year - and the search will start in Queenstown.

A list of pre-audition dates and locations has been released.

The pre-auditions are scheduled to start in Queenstown on January 5.

After Queenstown, the pre-auditions will move to Invercargill the next day, Dunedin on January 7 , Oamaru January 8 and Timaru on January 9.

They will continue to move up the country to finish in Kaitaia on Waitangi Day.

The X Factor New Zealand co-executive producer Andrew Szustreman said the aim was to find the "next big recording star".

"If that's you and you're a singer, aged 14 and over as of January 2013, you should be performing at one of our pre-auditions early next year," Mr Szustreman said.

"It's the opportunity of a lifetime and I encourage you to start preparing now."

Contestants who are successful at the pre-auditions will then perform in front of the four judges, one of whom is recording artist Stan Walker, and a live audience.

Those interested can visit the TV3 website to download and print an application form, which they must bring to the audition.