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'X Factor' viewers to be able to vote via Twitter?

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X Factor producers are reportedly discussing new ways for viewers to vote on the show.

Fans may be able to vote for their favourite acts each week via Twitter, according to The Sun.

James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas at X factor final

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['X Factor' finalists Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur]

The idea would allow fans to vote for free via the show's Twitter page. Viewers would have to follow the official feed, which would then follow them back, and then they would send a direct message for who they wanted to vote for.

X Factor executives are reportedly attempting to find new methods of easy and free voting, so that popular acts are not axed too soon.

"Twitter explodes when The X Factor is on so it makes sense to see if this can be harnessed for voting," a source said.

"But, obviously, there is currently no way of charging for this so that could create a problem."

The X Factor Final: The judges.

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The X Factor


[Judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh]

However, insiders have added that ITV may not implement the plans as it would lose a large amount of revenue from the phone line voting.

The source explained: "Twitter voting may well work in America, but there are a lot of obstacles to stopping it from being a realistic proposition in the UK."

Simon Cowell was recently said to be holding crisis meetings for the ITV show following a continued dip in the ratings.

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