Free voting introduced to The X Factor app

This year The X Factor fans can vote for free for the first time in the show's history via app, available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The app is free and so is the brand new voting element which becomes available when the live shows start later this year. Paid voting will still be available via landline and mobiles.

If you already have the app, we've updated it for you with the new voting platform, plus exclusive videos, photos, quizzes, games, and the new and improved “Fifth Judge” feature, where you can predict which acts will make it through each stage and give real-time feedback on each performance during the show.

If you don’t yet have the app, what are you waiting for? iOS users download the app here.

For more information about the app and voting please see our app Frequently Asked Questions.

The X Factor returns to ITV 8pm, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August.

Sarah-Jane Crawford adds some Xtra fun to ITV2

Meet The Xtra Factor's new presenter

How excited are you about your new role?
I’m so excited about the new role. It’s a dream job. When I found out I was at the gym getting a protein shake and my agent called me and told me I’d got the job, I screamed and everyone thought I had bought a dodgy protein shake. I just keep reminding myself to enjoy it while it’s happening rather than thinking ahead to the live shows.

How do you think Xtra Factor will be different from previous series?
I just think it will be sassy, there’s going to be way more banter. I’ve got the opportunity to bounce off the new judges and I think this year there’ll be lots more music credibility, we all really know our stuff. And of course the return of Simon and Cheryl which you cannot beat!

Official press launch of The X Factor

Tonight saw the official launch to the press of The X Factor 2014. Amidst a fan frenzy outside, the judges (all except Mel B who was in America) made their way inside London's Ham Yard Hotel for a special screening of the show.

Dermot is ready for action

With the 11th series ready to go, we caught up with the man who keeps the contestants and the judges in check.

What do you think each of the panel bring to the show?

It’s a good panel, it really is. Mel for me is almost like a mini Sharon Osbourne. It doesn’t matter what anyone says to her, she knows her own mind. You need someone who will make their decision instinctively and shoots from the hip. Cheryl is incredibly insightful, emotionally engaging and really intelligent. Simon brings brutal honesty and you need that, because this is an audition process. Louis for me brings encyclopaedic music knowledge, and say what you want about him but he knows how to put a band together. Also, he’s not afraid of making decisions that won’t make him popular with the people.

Simon is back on the show and Mel B is known for her feisty opinions – how are you going to keep the judges in check?

I can’t wait for the live shows, because I like it when the panel has disagreements and when it kicks off, because that’s what I’m there for. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it when they go below the belt, or they start saying nasty things to each other, or they have disagreements in the press, I’m not a big fan of any of that. But I like it in studio when all’s fair in love and war, and then when it finishes, we have a drink together.