LOS ANGELES — In an exciting new engagement, The X Factor  is asking fans to be the fifth judge and allowing the at-home viewers’ opinions to be heard in real time using special hashtags. Viewers can begin supporting their favorite acts via the The X Factor USA app, www.thexfactorusa.com , Twitter and Instagram starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10:00 a.m. through the East Coast broadcast of tomorrow’s show.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 29 (7:00-9:05 p.m. live), the top 16 acts will perform live for the first time and viewers can support their favorite acts by using the special hashtags listed below. During the broadcast, fans will be asked: “Which Boy has The X Factor?”; “Which Girl has The X Factor?”; “Which of the Over 25s has The X Factor?”; and “Which Group has The X Factor?”
As acts perform, watch the poll rankings shift in real time as at-home viewers root for their favorite acts. The poll results then will appear on-screen during the judges’ comments, perhaps even influencing the judges as they see which acts America thinks should get a spot in the top 12. Following the performances, each judge must choose three of his/her four acts to move forward in the competition, leaving one act from each category to be eliminated as this season’s top 12 finalists are revealed.
Below is a list of the special hashtags that fans can use to support their favorite acts:
Which Boy has The X Factor?
Which Girl has The X Factor?
Which Over 25 has The X Factor?
Which Group has The X Factor?
The X Factor continues on Thursday, Oct. 31 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) with the all-new “Meet the Top 12” episode. On Wednesday, Nov. 6 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live), the top 12 finalists will perform for the judges and America’s votes when the voting lines open immediately after the show. Find out who will be eliminated on Thursday, Nov. 7 (7:00-8:00 p.m. live).
The X Factor format has created more global superstars, including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Cher Lloyd and Olly Murs, than any other singing competition television show. The X Factor is now aired in 205 countries, and local versions of The X Factor are now commissioned in 45 territories.
The X Factor was created by Syco Entertainment and is produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. 'Like' the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA . Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA  and join the discussion using #xfactor.