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X FACTOR PHONE VOTE STORM; New rule smacks of greed, say fans.

Byline: Mark Jefferies

X FACTOR fans have vented their fury at "money hungry" bosses who decided to open voting phone lines at the start of each of the live shows.

In previous series, the lines only opened after all the acts had sung, so they could be judged on their performance on the night.

But soon after the start of the first live show on Saturday, host Dermot O'Leary said viewers could begin voting immediately.

Fans took to Facebook and Twitter to complain. Allie Bailey tweeted: "X Factor is a sham."

Nicola Cornish said: "X Factor is all about looks."

And Aysha said: "X Factor is so money hungry."

On website Digital Spy, dozens of viewers attacked the decision with topics including "Vote open means its nothing to do with singing then".

ITV said they had changed the format after listening to "viewer feedback". They added: "All acts will receive the same level of coverage."

Voting in X Factor costs 35p for mobile and BT landline votes. Around a million votes are cast on each of the live shows and eight million vote in the final.

STRICTLY Come Dancing pulled in a peak audience of 10.2million on BBC1 on Saturday, compared to The X Factor's 9.9million. The shows' average audiences were neck-and-neck on 8.7million - 1.6milion less than the first X Factor live show last year.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 8, 2012
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