X Factor 2014: Cheryl blames free voting on losing her acts

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X Factor judge Cheryl Cole reckons free voting has hurt the show.

This year has seen viewers able to vote for free for the first time, via the official mobile app.

Available on Android and iOS smart phones and tablets, the app gives each viewer five free votes each week.

They can be used individually to back multiple acts or all on just the one act.

According to the Daily Star newspaper, Cheryl reckons that the free app voting is why her acts are being voted out.

The tabloid reports that the Girls Aloud singer fears fans are using the free votes "as a knee-jerk reaction" to support contestants who may be in danger in the sing off, rather than backing those who they actually want to win.

Cheryl's big comeback to the show hasn't gone well so far, with ratings down and her third of four acts being voted off at the weekend as Lola Saunders bowed out of the competition.

As well as the voting, Cheryl blamed problems with Lola's mic pack, but Lola herself said she was GLAD about the technical problems.

She said yesterday: "I’m glad the whole mic thing happened, where the mic pack fell off mid song, just to prove to everyone I can troop on with it.

"It was like a challenge, like ‘come on, throw stuff at us! I can do it.’"

The X Factor returns next weekend on ITV at 8PM on Saturday with Michael Jackson v Queen week, after the disco theme was ditched.

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