November 07, 2013 8:09am PT by Michele Amabile Angermiller
'X Factor' Error: Viewers to Vote Again as Top 13 Get a Reprieve
A graphics error at the end of the East Coast broadcast of The X Factor has forced Fox and the show's producers to scrap all the voting results from Wednesday night's Motown-themed episode.
As a result, all 13 finalists will be forced to perform their "Save Me" songs for America's revote in an hourlong episode airing Thursday night.
Fans of the singing competition noticed the problem immediately after Wednesday night's broadcast, taking to Twitter to alert the program that the voting telephone numbers on the screen were askew.
"A lot of you noticed there were some problems with the voting numbers at the end of the show tonight … you were right!" tweeted executive producer Simon Cowell on Wednesday night. "There was an issue so everyone has to sing their save me song live tomorrow and America will vote on that performance."
Cowell conceded that although the error was unfortunate, there is a silver lining for the competitors.
"Mistakes happen. But now I have 24 hours to prepare my groups for tomorrow night. Let's hope they all deliver," he wrote. "Now they will know what pressure means."
Voting will begin immediately after Thursday night's show, and viewers will be able to SuperVote via the show's website, toll-free calling and text messaging. The results will be revealed during next Wednesday's '80s-themed performance night.