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In a Global First for Television, "THE X FACTOR” Launches Voting on Shazam

Press Release   •  Oct 23, 2013 12:30 EDT

In a global first, FOX, FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment are offering THE X FACTOR fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite acts using Shazam, one of the most popular music and TV apps on the planet and one of the Top 10 most-downloaded apps on the App StoreSM.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6, fans of THE X FACTOR can take advantage of FOX’s patent-pending SuperVote experience directly through the Shazam App, where they can also click to purchase songs performed by the acts, as well as the recording artists, featured in-show during the broadcast. In addition, THE X FACTOR fans using Shazam will now be able to vote for their favorite acts, as well as access additional show videos and content that complement the show’s media-rich sync-to-broadcast experience available through the official The X Factor USA app during the live telecasts.

“THE X FACTOR is that perfect marriage of music and television that Shazam users love.  We are thrilled to work with FOX, Syco and Fremantle in this first-of-its-kind chance for THE X FACTOR fans to use the Shazam App to vote for their favorite acts,” said Shazam CEO Rich Riley.

Sponsored by Honda across all digital platforms, online voting for THE X FACTOR begins immediately after the first live Top 12 performance show onWednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX. Viewers will be able to SuperVote – cast multiple votes at one time – viaTheXFactorUSA.comThe X Factor USA app (data and message rates may apply) and the Shazam App. Fans with valid Facebook accounts can also SuperVote at

To SuperVote, fans can allocate any number of votes for one contestant or multiple contestants, for a total of 50 votes (across all online voting destinations), and in a unique interactive experience, they can adjust their vote selections as performances happen during the show. When the voting window officially opens, fans can submit their final votes – all at once. [Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.] 

In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote during the voting window via toll-free calling, as well as text messaging (standard text-messaging rates may apply). The first voting results will be revealed on the LIVE results show Thursday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Please continue to visit for voting information.

THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Entertainment and is produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Executive producers are Andrew Llinares, Rob Wade, Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Nigel Hall. 

“Like” THE X FACTOR on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion using #xfactor. Download The X Factor USA app at

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For photos and more information on THE X FACTOR, please visit]

About Shazam

Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, used by hundreds of millions of people globally to connect to the world around them. Building on its pioneering leadership in music identification, Shazam now helps people discover, interact with, and share video, audio, or printed content on TV, radio, movie screens, magazines, newspapers, packaged goods, and retail stores -- and now Shazam lets music fans follow their favorite artists to see their Shazams and share in the thrill of discovery. The app has exceeded 20 billion total Shazams since its launch, and users Shazam over 20 million times each day. For more information on how Shazam has created new technology tools for brands to utilize data visit

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