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X Factor Voting| Phone Voting| Televoting| Winners | Evictions | Deadlock

Whist the entertainment element of the X Factor is key it is essentially a talent contest with the most popular act receiving the highest number of votes winning the contest,

Phone Numbers

When the line up of X Factor finalists has been selected from the audition process, the candidates proceed to the Live Shows where they perform on a weekly basis, with one act being eliminated each time. Although the Judges exert their influence on the proceedings, it is the public who ultimately control the outcome by voting via telephone or texting their preferred choice.

During each of the live shows Diarmid O Leary announces the phone number or text number that can be used to support the act that has just performed and at the end of the programme a brief resume of each performance and their respective numbers are given out.

Judges' Influence

In the current format after the live show on Saturday, the phone lines remain open until ten minutes before the end of the Sunday show, when O Leary makes an announcement that the lines are closed. During both shows up to this final point the public can vote for who they want to stay on the show. When the votes have been counted the two acts with the lowest scores end up in the Dropzone where they have to perform once more in what has become known as a 'Sing Off'. They sing a pre rehearsed track, different from the song they have used on the Saturday show and are then subject to the Judges' decision as to who will stay and who will go.

It is ONLY during the semi final and final shows that the Judges have no impact and the vote is simply due to the public.

Deadlock

The four Judges cast one vote each for who should stay and if there is no clear majority the decision Deadlock is announced, the vote is referred is referred back to the televoting and whoever has least votes is eliminated.

There has been some controversy in the past over the voting system with allegations that it has been open to abuse. As a result the figures for each show can be found on the net, giving some very useful information to potential punters. However the same information will be available to the bookies as well.

Betting

It is important to remember when betting on the elimination of a candidate on X Factor that even if it seems possible that an act might end up in the Dropzone, there are candidates that the `Judges are very unlikely to eliminate.

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