Last night, The X Factor dwindled a list from 17 to 12, as the Top 12 acts of the inaugural season were named on live TV. LA Reid, Paula Abdul, Nicole Whozawhatzit and Simon Cowell trimmed the crop of Boys, Groups, Over 30′s and Girls, respectively. Three acts will represent each group as we advance to the next part of the competition beginning November 2. In a reality TV first, The X Factor will allow votes in five different venues, one being Twitter. No show in the past has allowed voting for contestants via the social networking website, however, shows have begun to use Twitter to help build hype for the show. The media site has done wonders for shows like The Voice, Project Runway and now The X Factor.
Votes for contestants on The X Factor can be done the old fashioned way by calling a toll-free number provided during the show. Viewers can also use their mobile device to text votes for their favorite. Select viewers with an Android device on a Verizon plan can download The Xtra Factor App and will be able to cast votes that way, as well. From there, viewers can take to their computer and vote via the show’s website. Finally, tweeters can take to Twitter, follow @TheXFactorUSA and send DM’s to the show’s official handle with the name of the contestant you are voting for. Regular tweets will NOT be tallied, nor will tweets to a contestants own twitter handle. There will be a limit of 50 votes for those voting via the show’s website or via Twitter. Voting via text, the app, or phone will remain unlimited.
Anyone confused? For further clarification, The X Factor’s main page has voting instructions for you newbies.
Check out the list below of the official Top 12. Is anyone missing on the list in your opinion?