X Factor fans will soon be able to vote for their favourite acts via Facebook, it has been revealed.

According to The Sun, bosses are in talks with the world’s biggest website to launch a brand new format of voting for the next series.

A source revealed: “Details are still being ironed out, but everyone’s incredibly excited. It makes perfect sense as The X Factor has one of the youngest, most media-savvy audiences of any show in the world.”

Show creator Simon Cowell is said to hope that the new system will be in place for the launch of X Factor US this autumn.

The source added: “In the UK, you will buy Facebook credit like you can now for games on the website, and use that to vote. Phone voting would still be available too.

“In America, you don’t pay to vote because of broadcasting laws. So viewers will vote through an app, or in the way you ‘like’ a celebrity’s page now. It’s a huge, game-changing move.

“For Simon it makes voting easier for millions of fans. And for Facebook, it encourages millions more to join and get involved in the interactive aspect of the show.

“TV and social media are overlapping more and more. This takes it to a new level.”

Talks are reportedly taking place between show bosses and ITV and Fox – the broadcasters in the UK and US – to smooth security and other issues.