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The Xtra Factor
The Xtra Factor app offers a behind-the-scenes look at The X Factor USA singing competition. Live sync, tweet with fellow fans and easily vote for your favorite star.
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Whether you’re a former American Idol junkie or you simply enjoy some entertaining television at night, chances are you’ve seen The X Factor USA. It’s the brainchild of infamous grump and current judge Simon Cowell. September 2012 sparks the second season of the American X Factor and along with it, two new judges, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. If that’s not enough excitement, the show also updated its free app, The Xtra Factor, for an even better way to connect with the show.
The entertainment app has various functions—from tweeting about your favorite performances to watching behind-the-scenes videos with X Factor judges—but it most importantly will allow you to vote for the next X Factor star.
X Factor videos are pre-loaded on the app and ready for viewing. These consist of interviews with the judges, highlights and backstage interviews with the contestants, stylists and more—a true behind-the-scenes look at the show. During season two of The X Factor, the app will feature Verizon Live View, which lets you select from multiple camera angles to see what’s happening live backstage.
We also like the app’s news feed, which gives you the ability to read highlights and news about past and present shows. The Xtra Factor’s Pepsi Fan Base is the place to go to view trending opinions, comments and gossip about the show. Before, during or after The X Factor, check out what viewers like you think about the show and their favorite contestants. You can also take part in the discussion, of course—just sign in via your Twitter, Facebook or email account. Our only complaint from testing the app is that we had trouble generating tweets in real time (we often had to tap the refresh button), but this may be enhanced throughout season two.
As much as we enjoy the entertainment and social features The Xtra Factor has to offer, we really enjoy the fact that the app provides an easy way to vote. Tap Verizon Touch Voting (a feature exclusive to Verizon Wireless customers using Android smartphones), select your favorite contestant and simply tap vote now.
Similar to this section is the app’s Verizon Fifth Judge section, where you can act as an X Factor judge alongside Simon, Britney, Demi and L.A. Reid. Select a contestant to rate their style, song choice and song performance on a scale of one to five.
If you’re a die-hard X Factor fan, one new feature to anticipate is the Verizon Fantasy Challenge. Here, you can earn points by predicting which contestants move on week to week.
While we’re thinking you’ve caught on by now, Verizon Wireless is one of the show’s main sponsors, and we should note that the real perks to The Xtra Factor app are given to Verizon customers with Android devices.
Reviewed: Sep 11, 2012 | Chris Yeich