In the 10 years since “American Idol” went on the air, a number of music reality competition programs have popped up; all trying distinguish themselves in format one way or another.
The latest of the incarnations is the American version of “The X Factor” which has Pepsi and Verizon as sponsors, takes singers as young as 12, has no upper age limit, and includes groups into the competition.
And there’s one more big difference for “The X Factor”…social network voting.
Once the show is over fans will be able to cast votes for their favourite competitors via land line toll free vote, mobile phone toll free vote, texting via a Verizon phone, online at “The X Factor” website, the new X Factor phone app, via “The X Factor” Facebook page, and via direct messaging on Twitter.
Beginning with the Wednesday November 2 show, fans can register to vote via direct message @The XFactorUSA.com. Votes cast on an open Twitter account will not count. Voting totals will be kept secret until time for their unveiling. However, fans will be limited to no more than 50 votes per account with Twitter and online voting.
Speaking on the myriad of ways fans may cast their votes; executive producer, judge, and mentorsaid, “I think it’s fantastic that Verizon and “The X Factor’ are giving fans so many different way to vote.”
“The X Factor” will also be using Twitter to keep fans updated on events and updates.
“The X Factor” voting options:
toll free phone numbers – given out each show
texting via Verizon devices – given out during the show
direct messaging via Twitter - @The XFactorUSA.com
online voting – www.TheXFactor.com
”The X Factor” Facebook page – www.facebook.com/TheXFactor
”The X Factor” app via Android