Dermot O’Leary has revealed that there will be no deadlock situations arising on tomorrow night’s X Factor results show.
This evening the final 12 acts will perform on the live stage for the first time, hoping to win enough votes to help them avoid elimination on the Sunday night show.
Sam Bailey, Lorna Simpson, Shelley Smith, Kingsland Road, Miss Dynamix, Rough Copy, Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald, Luke Friend, Tamera Foster, Hannah Barret and Abi Alton are all furiously rehearsing their 80s tracks as we speak, in the knowledge that one of them will never get to perform on the series ever again.
The voting system will be a little different this year, with a ten minute flash vote taking place this evening to begin with. Voters will get the chance to pick their favourite then, and the act finishing at the bottom will be placed in Sunday’s singoff.
The voting lines will reopen after the result is revealed, with another act being chosen overnight for the bottom two.
In a brand new interview with 5 Live host Dermot O’Leary revealed that his job is being made a lot easier this year because bosses have also decided to do away with the deadlock situation.
No longer will the judges be able to procrastinate over their choice for elimination and throw the decision back to the public after an intense period of debate.
“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.”
“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!
Deadlock is very much the bane of my life.”
The X Factor kicks off tonight, 8pm and we have revealed the full list of songs and performance choices for each of this year’s finalists.
Check it out and tell us what you think of all the changes below…