X Factor 2013 will have NO deadlock, to Dermot O'Leary's relief

Dermot O'Leary (X Factor 2013)

The X Factor 2013 live shows won't see a deadlock this year, thanks to the new flash vote system.

Tonight will see the final 12 perform live for the first time, and the first half of the bottom two decided.

A new 'Flash Vote' will see a 200 second voting period at the end of Saturday's show, with the contestant who receives the fewest votes being put into the bottom two.

Dermot explained: “There is an interesting thing this year where we have a flash vote. We open the phonelines at the end of the show for about ten minutes and people vote. Then, whoever finishes bottom of that is guaranteed a place – I say that like it’s a good thing but it’s not! – in tomorrow night’s song off, so no matter what happens they’ll be one member of the bottom two."

The lines will then reopen for the public to vote on the remaining contestants overnight, with the results being revealed in Sunday's show.

The act who receives the fewest votes in that poll will become the second singer in the bottom two.

“They’ll have to sing for survival tomorrow night and there is no deadlock, which as you can imagine, I am over the moon about!" Dermot declared. "Deadlock is very much the bane of my life.”

The X Factor UK live shows start tonight from 8PM on ITV.

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