'The X Factor' fans serve as fifth judge with real-time results to appear during first live show on FOXby jmaloni
Fans can share their opinions on top 16 using hashtags on the "The X Factor USA" app, TheXFactorUSA.com, Twitter and Instagram
In a unique new engagement, "The X Factor" is asking fans to be the fifth judge and allowing the at-home viewers' opinions to be heard in real time using special hashtags. Viewers can begin supporting their favorite acts via the "The X Factor USA" app, TheXFactorUSA.com, Twitter and Instagram starting today at noon, and continuing through the East Coast broadcast of tonight's show.
Tonight (8-10:05 p.m.), the top 16 acts will perform live for the first time and viewers can support their favorite acts by using the special hashtags listed below. During the broadcast, fans will be asked: "Which Boy has The X Factor?"; "Which Girl has The X Factor?"; "Which of the Over 25s has The X Factor?"; and "Which Group has The X Factor?" As acts perform, watch the poll rankings shift in real time as at-home viewers root for their favorite acts. The poll results then will appear on-screen during the judges' comments, perhaps even influencing the judges as they see which acts America thinks should get a spot in the top 12. Following the performances, each judge must choose three of his/her four acts to move forward in the competition, leaving one act from each category to be eliminated as this season's top 12 finalists are revealed.
Below is a list of the special hashtags that fans can use to support their favorite acts:
Which Boy has The X Factor?
Which Girl has The X Factor?
Which Over 25 has The X Factor?
Which Group has The X Factor?
"The X Factor" continues Thursday, Oct. 31 (8 p.m.), with the all-new "Meet the Top 12" episode. On Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8 p.m.), the top 12 finalists will perform for the judges and America's votes when the voting lines open immediately after the show. Find out who will be eliminated on Thursday, Nov. 7 (8 p.m.).
"The X Factor" format has created more global superstars, including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Cher Lloyd and Olly Murs, than any other singing competition television show. "The X Factor" is now aired in 205 countries, and local versions of "The X Factor" are now commissioned in 45 territories.
Fans can "Like" "The X Factor" on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion using #xfactor.