The X Factor is one of the biggest TV shows on our screens with a massive 15million phone votes been cast last year to winner Matt Cardle however Facebook has 550 million members so the potential is huge. Simon Cowell hopes to have the system in place for the debut of the US X Factor this autumn.
A source said, “Details are still being ironed out, but everyone’s incredibly excited. It makes perfect sense as The X Factor has one of the youngest, most media-savvy audiences of any show in the world.”
The source added how the system would work here in the UK, ”You will buy Facebook credit like you can now for games on the website, and use that to vote. Phone voting would still be available too. In America, you don’t pay to vote because of broadcasting laws. So viewers will vote through an app, or in the way you ‘like’ a celebrity’s page now. It’s a huge, game-changing move. For Simon it makes voting easier for millions of fans. And for Facebook, it encourages millions more to join and get involved in the interactive aspect of the show.”
The talks are currently taking place between bosses at ITV and Fox, the broadcasters for the shows, to sort out any security issues they may have.
Facebook is a popular tool for viewers of the show who post during the show being on air. What with TV and social media becoming more and more integrated, this is a move which looks set to start a whole new trend of voting.