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Gene Simmons

Last Minute Father's Day

Trip to 'X Factor' Auditions

6/17/2012 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Gene Simmons
spent Father's Day with Simon Cowell and Britney Spears ... but not by choice -- he joined his daughter at the last minute as she tried out for "X-Factor." 

Sources close to "X-Factor" tell TMZ ... Sophie Simmons showed up at the San Francisco auditions today ... saying she wanted a "fair shot" and telling the judges, "This isn't about my dad. This is about my audition."

Of course ... her famous father was in attendance, but we're told he almost didn't make it. Sources say the KISS front man got a surprise call from his 19-year-old daughter the night before ... saying she couldn't come home for Father's Day because she was trying her hand at the talent competition.

We're told Gene decided to hop on a private jet and made it just in time to see his daughter belt out some tunes.

We'll find out soon if the apple falls far from the tree.

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peoplearesilly    

Good Grief! Does he not realize how stupid his hair looks? Cut that **** off. Can you say brillo pad?

865 days ago
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GeniusMachine    

His daughter is hot.

865 days ago
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DarkEydDeviL    

Before all the haters start hating, just want to say way to go for trying this on your own! Of course she doesn't have to, her dad could just hook her up and that's it. But instead she is attempting this career path on her own. That takes guts, especially when you dont have to.

865 days ago
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LCS27    

it's X-Factor's answer for Jim Carrey's daughter this year on Idol. She's jsut there for the drama. They will cut her on bootcamp and her dad will appear again. Just for ratings.

865 days ago
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static    

I've heard her sing and she does have talent, She doesn't really need the X-Factor but very gutsy on her part to do it.

865 days ago
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Joe Melnick    

Ridiculous. Bringing your dad the rock star along is not 'making it on your own'. Go on your own like everyone else and don't say who your dad is. That's how you get the same 'fair shot' every other contestant does.

865 days ago
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esq777    

Hopefully the apple fars quite far from the tree since Gene can't really sing, or play bass. But, he's a great self-promoter.

865 days ago
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StevenB    

For it "not being about her father" she sure made a point of making sure everyone knew who her father was. If it wasn't about her father, she wouldn't have even mentioned him and might even have used a stagename.

Make no mistake -- it is all about taking advantage of daddy's name.

865 days ago
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Barbara    

Dad should have stayed home...and I heard her sing on their show before...sorry...not a great singer

865 days ago
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road_angel    

What a thoughtful Dad, HOpe she does well. Hope she knows she's a lucky lady to have a dad like that

865 days ago
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amazinglybored    

It's not about her FATHER, not about her father Gene Simmons of Kiss at all, she wants to do it on her own without her Father Gene Simmons, she's Sophie SIMMONS, Gene Simmon's Daughter. At least be honest enough to admit you have an advantage over the others and opportunities that they don't.

865 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Attention Whore.

865 days ago
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ROCKER    

If she sings like "daddy" then we are in for a....a....a...welll ...lets just see.......snicker*..snicker*

865 days ago
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ROCKER    

Oh Riding Daddy's Coat Tails....!

865 days ago
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Eddie    

Believe it or not, Sophie is actually a GOOD singer. I am a jaded guy who has 'heard it all', but I am rooting for her. She's got talent. GO SOPHIE!!

865 days ago
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