The X Factor 2013 to have free Twitter voting for live shows?

The XFactor 2013 UK

X Factor bosses are reportedly considering introducing FREE Twitter voting in an attempt to 'breathe new life' in to the live finals.

The system - previously used during the first season of the American version of the show - would involve fans sending private 'direct messages' to the official @TheXFactor Twitter feed naming the act they want to stay.

According to The Sun, the producers discussed the idea at a meeting last week as they seek to reverse a decline in voting numbers over the past few series.

They also believe that opening a free way to vote will keep quality acts in the competition for longer, having blamed the departure of Ella Henderson from last year's series on fans believing she was safe.

However, broadcaster ITV may not be so eager about the plans as it would no doubt result in them losing the revenue it gets from phone lines.

The paper's source said: "Twitter explodes when The X Factor is on so it makes sense to see if this can be harnessed for voting. But, obviously, there is currently no way of charging for this so that could create a problem.

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

Voting figures reached a high during the 2010 series - won by Matt Cardle - with a total of 15,448,019 entries cast.

Sky1 talent contest Got To Dance recently announced that it will launch free online voting for its live shows, which begin this Sunday.

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