X Factor 2012: Simon Cowell orders voting figures to be aired LIVE during results show! Good or bad idea?

by Lynn Rowlands

As fans of The X Factor will know, when Dermot O’Leary announces which finalists are going through to the following week – during the show’s Sunday night results edition – he always stresses “In no particular order” when revealing which acts have made it through on the public vote.

However, on X Factor USA, Simon Cowell, who is of course a judge on the show, introduced a new format in which viewers, and of course each act, are told which order they’ll go through based on how many votes they’ve received.

And today, The Sun reports that the new format will be introduced on the UK version of the show in the wake of Ella Henderson’s shock departure next week.

Apparently Simon thinks revealing who’s received the most votes, and equally who’s received the least, could mean that if fans of any particular act realize that their favourite isn’t getting a lot of votes, it’ll prompt them to pick up the phone and vote.

The vote reveal has proved a huge success on X Factor USA, and of introducing it to the British version, a show insider said, “If the viewers knew popular acts like Ella and James Arthur were pulling in low numbers of votes it would encourage them to pick up the phone.

“Revealing the voting numbers each week has really brought a new dynamic to the US show.

“Simon is looking to introduce it in the UK next year as part of a major shake-up.”

At the moment the UK X Factor only reveals the voting figures after each series ends.

What do you think? Would it be better to announce how many votes were placed for each act or would you rather leave it as it is now?

Here’s a reminder of Ella’s shock elimination…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.