X Factor 2014: Flash vote ditched for live shows

'The X Factor' TV show auditions, London, Britian - 20 Jun 2014

The X Factor's failed flash vote system will not be back for a second series, it's been confirmed.

Last year saw a new voting format to the live shows: On the Saturday night, once every contestant has performed, voting lines opened for just under ten minutes, giving viewers the opportunity to save their favourite act from the bottom two.

After voting lines had closed, the contestant with the lowest number of votes was revealed and went into Sunday night's sing-off.

Voting lines for the remaining contestants reopened until Sunday night’s live show where the second contestant to face the sing off was revealed, having polled the fewest votes of the remaining acts.

But the system was cut after only a handful of live shows and there are no plans to bring it back come the autumn this year.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “We are well aware viewers didn’t want it so it’s been dropped.

“But contestants shouldn’t sit back and relax. The producers are busy lining up other shockers for them.”

But judge Simon Cowell did tease: “We are going to shake things up on the show.”

Rumours for the live shows this year include a possible fifth judge, mentoring a group of wildcard acts.

The new series begins in August on ITV.

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