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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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amy2012    

Effing RIDICULOUS! "IF" she honestly wanted to make it on her own... why would she even bother mentioning the fact that she is some famous person's kid or even allow her famous father to show up???? Why?????? .....CAUSE SHE WANTED THE ATTENTION THAT'S WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUH!!!

794 days ago
32.

Jordan    

Simon Cowell was all too happy too give her special treatment.

794 days ago
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Tessa    

Her voice is GOLDEN, and one of my favorite things about her. Her voice and her beauty are timeless.

794 days ago
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Alex M    

I went to the auditions/ tapings early and stood next to Gene. Had a brief convo and then they did promo shots for the show

794 days ago
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JoAnn from OAKLAND    

Don't you mean OAKLAND audition? As I was driving by the OAKLAND COLISEUM I saw the line up and the sign XFACTOR

794 days ago
36.

ManiacalZebra    

If it's not about her dad, why tell anyone who he is?

794 days ago
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SusanCoyote    

She was super pitchy, dawg!

794 days ago
38.

justjo104    

You go Sophie, I hope you make it. Gene, you are a wonderful father for being there for Sophie. You and Shannon are wonderful parents and you have great kids. Congratulations.

794 days ago
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marisabodine    

She did ok. Actually, it was Demi who called her out on who she was and the rest of the judges got all excited and asked her to bring her parents out.

793 days ago
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Demonlover    

When will this air?

793 days ago
41.

hi    

except... a large part of the x-factor is that it is an opporrunity for anybody, everyday ordinary people to get a shot at being a singer. this girl already has connections and doesn't need the x-factor. therefore I don't really think x-factor is for her..... plus if it wasn't about her dad why was he there and why did she make it obvious who she was..... nonsensical really

791 days ago
42.

just asking    

Is his Daughter engaged or married because she was wearing a ring on her ring finger???/

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