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'The X Factor' voting: Texts, twitter, telepathy

"The X Factor" is certainly trying to be more hip, cool and young than "American Idol" and one of the ways is by offering several tech-savvy ways to cast votes for your favorite contestants. They also ate up precious broadcast time explaining the different ways to vote. We'll get to that in a second.In addition to the normal telephone line voting, which has been the main source of reality competition votes since the inception, "The X Factor" also features text voting if you're a Verizon customer, voting via the official website and voting on Facebook. Those aren't completely new, though the Facebook is pretty recent.But now - "X Factor" also has voting via an app on your phone and voting via Twitter. The app on your phone is, of course, only if you are Verizon subscriber with an Android-powered device. The app is called The Xtra Factor App. We're US Cellular users, so let us... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/the-x-factor-voting-texts-twitter-telepathy.html

The X Factor's Rachel Crow: I'm Singing Etta James Next (And Simon Can't Stop Me!)

If 13-year-old X Factor contestant Rachel Crow has her way, she won't be doing another peppy pop song next week. Asked after Wednesday's show if she wanted to stick to mentor Simon Cowell's youthful, upbeat music strategy should she survive ... //www.tvguide.com/News/XFactors-Rachel-Crow-1039305.aspx?rss=breakingnews

VIDEO: Stacy Francis Sings "Up to the Mountain" on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

Even though Stacy says she wants to be a pop star, the soulful singer kept it spiritual with this well-known song by Patty Griffin, made even more popular by American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Hjked2wwqaY/video-stacy-francis-sings-up-to-the-mountain-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: Marcus Canty Sings "Every Little Step" by Bobby Brown on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

Looks like LA Reid's "young Bobby Brown" is stepping into that role perfectly, transitioning from his B.O.B "Beautiful Girls" intro into the smash 90s hit from the former prince of R&B.  //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/LeiwjNWXvZo/video-marcus-canty-sings-every-little-step-by-bobby-brown-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: Drew Sings "Just a Dream" on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

Doesn't drew just make you want to find a bed of flowers to roll in? Simon Cowell's mentee reworked this song by rapper-turned-singer Nelly and we think we definitely like this version better. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/NTjGCxoBNRA/video-drew-sings-just-a-dream-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: InTENsity Sing a "Kids in America"/"Party Rock" Mashup on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

WOW. The X Factor super group really surprised us with this one, blending perfectly one fist-pumping anthem (the 80s hit by Kim Wilde) with another (LMFAO). //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/LJu9QrV2V-M/video-intensity-sing-a-kids-in-americaparty-rock-mashup-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: Melanie Amaro Sings "Desperado" by The Eagles on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

Unlike Josh Krajcik, Melanie looks better and better each week. But both are so talented, they may find themselves going head-to-head in the finale anyway. (We hope.) //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/p0nga73Y6CE/video-melanie-amaro-sings-desperado-by-the-eagles-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: Josh Krajcik Sings "Jar of Hearts" on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

Did Josh miss makeover day on The X Factor? This guy's looking scary by the WEEK. Luckily, his talent shines brighter at the same frequency. Team Krajcik! //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/JHqvCNKX0pU/video-josh-krajcik-sings-jar-of-hearts-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: Lakoda Rayne Sing "Landslide" on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

The all-girl group is a vision in Crayola colors as they seductively sing the Fleetwood Mac hit for America's votes. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/eH5hFqBFhac/video-lakoda-rayne-sing-landslide-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011

VIDEO: Rachel Crow Sings "Walking On Sunshine" on The X Factor, November 2, 2011

We LOVED Rachel's performance of this high-energy 80s hit. But eventually we'd like to see her do a song by an artist her age... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/CHhdtDh6MHw/video-rachel-crow-sings-walking-on-sunshine-on-the-x-factor-november-2-2011