During last year’s X Factor, singer Sam Bailey was a firm favourite to win from the outset, however, during the last couple of weeks of the series, her fellow contestant Luke Friend impressed viewers so much, it was thought he could well win and land the lucrative recording contract prize…
But of course, as it turned out, Sam did win, however, it’s been claimed today that the show’s bosses believe that’s because younger viewers don’t vote because of the cost involved in doing so.
And furthermore, it’s been claimed that had younger viewers lodged their votes, Luke would most likely have won the show.
So according to The Sun’s TV Biz, the show’s chiefs have decided to axe the voting charge in order to “end the show’s run of dull, old winners.”
While also stating that Simon Cowell is now certain to return to the show this year, an insider told the paper, “Simon is determined to introduce free voting this year because it will reinvent the show.
“It means millions more young people will be able to vote on favourite websites like Twitter.
“Viewers will feel more engaged and want to continue watching each week when they know their opinion will count.”
The source continued, “We crunched the numbers and worked out that making voting free would create very different winners.
“We believe Sam Bailey would have been beaten by Luke Friend who only ended up coming third.
“One Direction would have beaten Matt Cardle in 2010 and Olly Murs would almost certainly have received more votes than Joe McElderry in 2009
“It will help us create champions more popular with younger people who wouldn’t necessarily have been prepared to pay to vote.”
Voting is already free on X Factor USA, and it seems that’s been a success with viewers.
The insider concluded, “We’re prepared to lose the revenue we receive, but we have to find a way to cover the costs.”
What say you? Is it a good idea to make voting free?
Here’s a reminder of the moment Sam learned she’d won last year…