On Saturday's (October 6) first Live Show of the series, host Dermot O'Leary revealed that fans could vote for their favourite acts before the first performance had even aired. Previously, phone lines had not been open until all the acts had sung.
The new changes have been criticised by some viewers, who believe the change undermines the show's premise that it is a singing competition. Critics argued that it was now about personality rather than voting for the acts who perform the best on the night.
Digital Spy reader Bananafish said: "Encouraging fans of a particular act to vote before anyone has even sung. All pretence of a singing contest goes out the window.
"The show is saying the singing doesn't even matter, which at least is refreshing after all the tricks they use to boot people out or keep them... The only benefit is more revenue for the show, which is what drives everything about it anyway."
Copyright: Ken McKay/Thames/Rex FeaturesOrder added: "I don't understand this change at all... It seems a bit pointless really? Also if you can vote for an act before they've even performed on the night... makes it more a popularity contest than a singing one, doesn't it?"
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