Simon Cowell to make X Factor votes free ‘One Direction could have beat Matt Cardle!’

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Come on skint TV fans! Simon Cowell is going to make voting for your X Factor favourite stars and contestants a lot easier and cheaper this year it’s been reported… fact he’s apparently going to make it free!

Insiders say the music mogul is planning to ban call and text charges for fans who want to cast a vote for one of his singers when the ITV series returns later in 2014.

Cowell took to Twitter to boast about a “light bulb moment” he’d had recently and a source told The Sun that he’s working on a way to maximise votes and viewer interaction.

The supposed X Factor insider told the newspaper:

“We believe Sam Bailey would’ve been beaten by Luke Friend, One Direction would’ve beaten Matt Cardle and Olly Murs most certainly would almost certainly have received more votes than Joe McElderry.”

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“Viewers will feel more engaged and want to continue watching each week when they know their opinion will count. It will help us create champions more popular with younger people who wouldn’t necessarily have been prepared to pay to vote,” they added.

In December 2013, The X Factor attracted its lowest viewing figures for a final since it launched ten years ago.

Meanwhile, the star has been revealing his New Year’s resolutions on Twitter this week.

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He wants to listen more, lecture less and forgive more easily. The dad to be posted:

“My new year resolutions. Advise not lecture. Listen more than you talk. Happiness is more fun than anger. Forgive and not fester.”

Another short post read:

“Always be kind to kids and animals. Your mum is mostly right. And never dread Mondays. And most people younger than you know more than you.”

Do you think free votes will work? Leave your comments below…

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!


  1. greesyduck on January 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    You know why Olly Murs lost to Joe Mcelderry on XF don’t you Simon its because Olly can’t sing and Joe CAN that’s why Joe won and Olly lost would have thought you had worked that out way back in 2009!!!

  2. Me on January 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    No teenage fandom a are already taking over the world enough, free voting will just be too bizarre and cause arguments on social networking sites. Not all people want to listen to teen pop just because they are cute. What happened to a singing completion, not an ‘how fit am I’ competition

  3. marylou on January 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    The public made it very clear in 2009 who they wanted to win and it was Joe McElderry! So much they were willing to spend their hard earned money voting for him! Its you Simon Cowell who didn’t want him to win and you used all your money and power to stop him succeeding after he won!
    Democracy does not sit easy with you sir!!

  4. gita on January 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    poor Simon :/

  5. Jo96 on January 12, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Does it matter who wins when Simon decides the real winners anyway? Olly and 1D got way more support than Matt and Joe did with their music. This is why I’ll never vote on his show, free or not!

  6. Michelle on January 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    How ridiculous to say olly would most certainly have won over Joe. Going by that theory olly would have been out much earlier in the competition as Jedward were far more popular. If this is being based on twitter stats: Joe, Jedward & Danyl had the most twitter followers at that time. The only reason olly has done as well as he has is because of cowell’s ego & the promo for his music post-show has been obscene. Literally – does no one remember olly’s vow to strip off if his first single got to number one? And he was (& still is) given an obscene amount of airplay. It’s always been an uphill battle to get Joe – the one who can actually sing – even a modest amount of airplay.

    In the meantime, Joe has done far better without XF. Signed to a major competitor, Universal/Decca (maybe that’s what cowell & co are still smarting about), currently writing for his 5th album & getting ready for a 4-month 50-date UK tour starting this March.
    He’s an incredible live artist with an amazing voice – which is more than could be said for his XF runner up.

    But you keep trying to re-write history Cowell – it doesn’t change a thing. Joe, Matt & Sam were rightful, talented winners in their respective years. Your contempt for the voters who lined your pockets has put me off watching XF ever again.

  7. Shazza on January 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    After 4 years scowell is still smarting that his golden boy wally just should have won the xf.
    Get a grip scowell he didn’t win Joe Mcelderry did and we all know why he did apart from his 6 million votes, he can sing and never mimes which we cannot say about wally.
    Joe was snubbed by the music industry and we all know why and even when scowell sacked him Joe walked away with his head held high. He to this day is still doing that despite his knockbacks. He has never dissed syco or scowell and never would. Why keep bringing this up. Wally has done well from being a runner up considering. 6 million votes is a lot of votes. People wanted to vote for Joe that’s why he won.

  8. Ric on January 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    X Factor is dying on it’s feet and Cowell knows it. So it’s “What gimmick can I devise to keep it going?” Broadcast timing to ensure the winners release just pre-xmas – No1 – money in Coweel’s pocket. It’s what it’s all about.

  9. lesley king on January 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Totally agree with what everyone has said here. Simon Cowell will promote whoever he thinks will make him lots of money. Matt was the most popular artist all the way through the competition, winning every week apart from the first week, because he can sing. One Direction get an awful lot of publicity and airplay and Matt`s music is not played on the main stations, even though all of his albums are really good.

  10. Dawn smith on January 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Shame on you Simon , Joe won fair & Square he was consistently the best week after week & the Public love him . He has Fans if all ages from the young to the Elderly . Making Voting free wouldn’t have changed anything ,& even without your Help Joe Mcelderry has thousands of Fans who adore him , Olly is a showman & has been promoted & hyped , but he hasn’t got the voice , Joe has , pity you didn’t do more to promote Joe , just because you didn’t win Simon !!!!!

  11. carole dempsey on January 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Matt Cardle won because he is an incredible vocalist and won every show except week one. He has been snubbed by x-factor despite never publicly complaining about the show. He has made 2 very successful albums without any support from x-factor, he continues to have a huge fan base.

  12. sarah bd on January 14, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Thank god you all are saying what I have been saying to myself for years. I find it so infuriating. I urge you all to find a clip of Leon Jackson singing with Michael Buble. He was better than Buble! His tone was richer and he out sang him! He was ridiculed on the show and yet, he won, never to be seen or heard again. Olly singing with Robbie Williams was cringe. He doesn’t have the voice, he’s just cute and has cheeky qualities. Anyone on Simon’s team ‘wins’. Then he can turn and smugly say ‘I won’. He could have made mega-stars out of any of the winners of the show. The only reason I bet that Little Mix are happening is because of the partnership between them and one direction. The duet between Alexandra and Beyonce is the BEST duet I have ever heard from any star at any time in my mind history. It’s a disgrace that he disrespects the viewing public who spend our money to vote only to be disregarded as he counts the money.

  13. sarah bd on January 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    on and PS: Leona Lewis was Simon’s team…..that’s why she is where she is and all the other winners who aren’t on Simon’s team….well….hmmmm

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