Digital Spy readers used to describe the final singing position on Saturday shows as the "pimp slot", because it meant that the singer was fresh in viewers' minds when voting lines opened.
However, fans have now renamed it the "death slot", following the switch in voting rules in 2012. Dermot O'Leary now opens the phone lines at the start of the show, so fans can vote throughout the episode and before any of the acts have even performed.
Some viewers have argued that this is a disadvantage to acts who sing last, because people may have already spent their money on acts who sang earlier in the show.
There was also a significant tail-off in viewers on Saturday's (October 13) show by the time Masson sang at 10.20pm. In the middle of the evening, the show peaked at 9.9 million, while by the end of the show numbers had fallen to just over 7m.
Copyright: Ken McKay/Thames/Rex FeaturesOne DS reader complained: "This whole lines opening before performances is so stupid. It basically encourages people to vote for the person rather than their performance. The coveted last performance slot has now been cursed."
Another fan commented: "And there you have hit the nail on the head my friend. The original pimp slot is now the deathslot - cleverly played, producers."
Dave3622 said: "Maybe not a fix as such, however she was on last and you can now vote before anyone has even sung, which in itself is a complete joke.
"All the singers before her would be getting votes on their performance before she sang. And of course once the programme ended 10 minutes after she sung, people are onto the next programme and so stop voting."
The X Factor airs next Saturday (October 20) at 8.20pm on ITV1.
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