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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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Jackazz flatts    

They call him Dr Love

825 days ago
17.

Maria    

Wow , he needs to put the kiss makeup back on; he is one ugly dude.

825 days ago
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FromTheBay    

I WAS THERE. Gene did do a speech about giving her daughter a fair shot. I don't think it was a fair shot. She had a decent voice but, there were other acts that were booted and had more talent.

825 days ago
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FromTheBay    

His*

825 days ago
20.

IceGypsy    

Sophie grew up to be a beautiful smart young woman. GL, hope she does well.

825 days ago
21.

Miss J    

Gene Simmons scares me and the vision of this picture will haunt my once sweet dreams forever

825 days ago
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LCS27    

She almost tone deaf (wow!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMyMTVh5Joc

825 days ago
23.

DaveT    

YOU WANTED THE BEST YOU GOT THE BEST THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WOOOOOORLD....KISS!!!!....'s daughter Sophie....

825 days ago
24.

Zip    

As I have been saying for years, Gene Simons should be a judge for American Idol, or a similar show. Considering that, he should be a judge on X-Factor!!! Man this guy is a genius, and he is a badass like Simon, but far more vicious and cool. Hire him!!!

825 days ago
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northern gypsy    

i know "family jewels" isn't current...however...what happened to her live in boyfriend and working at whistler ???

825 days ago
26.

Carl    

He is the biggest joke in rock. He genuinely thinks he's god's gift to the world. He and his band just got lucky hitting on the right gimmick at exactly the right moment in time. If KISS was judged on their music alone they would barely be remembered today.

825 days ago
27.

Horndog    

It's was thoughtful of that girl to take her grandma to the talent show.

825 days ago
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CrisDizzle    

Can you say: free publicity & promos to hype up 'Gene's Simmons' Family Jewels on FOX? A&E (whichs iABC owns) is going to get the last laugh having Gene & Sophie Simmons be on another network!

825 days ago
29.

Throwback kid    

LETS HOPE HER SINGING CAREER WORKS OUT BETTER THAN HER MODELING CAREER DID. IT WAS A JOKE WHEN SHE WAS DOING A RUNWAY SHOW ON HER DADDY'S REALITY SHOW, WHAT IS THE SHOT A SHORT PUDGY GIRL LIKE THIS COULD REALLY MODEL? OH. I'M SORRY KIM KARDASHIAN AND HER SKANKY SISTER KOURTNEY MODEL AND THEY ARE 5'2. I GUESS IF YOU'RE ON A REALITY SHOW YOU CAN MODEL AT THAT HEIGHT. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO REALIZE SOPHIE HAS NO TALENT?

825 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Sophie and her brother are spoiled rotten Beverly Hills rich kids, they grew up in a mansion with maids who cook and clean for them. They have never had to lift a finger to do anything in life, their rich mommy and daddy see to that. Now, she wants to do something on her own and her rich famous rock star daddy is there with her. Do any of these Hollywood kids ever do anything on their own?

825 days ago
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