X Factor voting heading to Facebook

If Simon Cowell gets his way, X Factor fans will soon be able to use Facebook as a means to vote on the popular reality TV music show.

Facebook has become a means for viewers and protestors to voice their opinions and launch various campaigns for and against the show and its contestants in the past. A couple of years ago in the UK, a Facebook campaign was launched that helped push Rage Against the Machine to the popular Christmas number one spot ahead of the usual X Factor winners song.

According to the Press Association, Simon Cowell has already held meetings with executives at Facebook with an aim to get the voting system up and running for the US X Factor launch and for a future series of the show in the UK.

There will be some differences between the two countries' voting systems, though, with the UK system allowing viewers to vote by purchasing Facebook credit and using them on their favorite acts in the show. In America meanwhile, the voting system has to be free thanks to US law.

A Facebook voting system would be a big move for a TV show, but it will pave the way for many young people who rarely pick up the phone to vote, to do so easily.

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Well, I'm not sure if I'll be watching X Factor, but I do like the idea of voting through Facebook. That seems much easier than calling in your vote and I think it will encourage more people to participate. Whenever shows give you the option of calling in or voting online, I always go the online route. I'll be curious to see if any other TV shows follow their lead and start to use Facebook as a voting system.

I never keep money... I'm not good at economya... I spend whatever I got, but, never on things like that. Actually, I still haven't give a single euro in internet, except the new PC I built recenlty.

I'm not sarcastic to those who give a lot, but... Guess I'm just lucky that I don't find interesting those kind of things. Facebook games, every kind of TV reality game, etc. Sounds banal but I still prefer to go out with my friends. Not trendy, yup!

I wish you Happy Voting!

ie9 said,
I'm proud to be an American, where at least I can vote for free

I envy you , well up until the secretive american govt comes into it ofc

So they'll cash in on web adverts and use facebook credits as the method of payment for the voting. I extremely doubt they'd make it free and give up this revenue source.

How is this news? Seriously? Only part of this even close to tech news is the fact that they added facebook into it.
X Factor is a joke. End of story.

And thumbs up for Toms comment!

IrishEdg3 said,
How is this news? Seriously? Only part of this even close to tech news is the fact that they added facebook into it.
X Factor is a joke. End of story.

And thumbs up for Toms comment!

I doubt Justin Beiber would have won it, people cry oh he is an inspiration, american idol, x-factor had been going on for years before. /rant

"How many more opportunities are there for you to get a lot of money from phone lines, where people vote on things." - Jeremy Clarkson to Simon Cowell.

Enough said.

wow purchasing voting, that's BS... thats like paying to text in a vote with "premium text messaging rates".. aka more then a normal text message in price.. ugh hate those things

neufuse said,
wow purchasing voting, that's BS... thats like paying to text in a vote with "premium text messaging rates".. aka more then a normal text message in price.. ugh hate those things

In the UK you pay when you do a phone vote anyway, always makes me wonder why anyone bothers

Byron_Hinson said,

In the UK you pay when you do a phone vote anyway, always makes me wonder why anyone bothers

should of all been internet voting to start with, its not like the internet is some new fangled thing

neufuse said,

should of all been internet voting to start with, its not like the internet is some new fangled thing

Quite. Big Brother UK had internet voting (via Nokia, but still free) in the very first series...