Simon Cowell 'Making X Factor Voting Free'
Show boss reportedly wants to give youmnger viewers more say in winner...
The Sun reports that the reality TV mogul is keen to engage younger members of the audience, even though it would mean forsaking a huge amount of money in phone-in profits.
A source said: "Simon is determined to introduce free voting this year because it will reinvent the show.
"It means millions more young people will be able to vote on favourite websites like Twitter.
"Viewers will feel more engaged and want to continue watching each week when they know their opinion will count."
Backroom staff on the show have apparently conducted research to discover who would have won in the last few years if voting had been free.
"We crunched the numbers and worked out that making voting free would create very different winners," the source continued.
"We believe Sam Bailey would have been beaten by Luke Friend who only ended up coming third.
"One Direction would have beaten Matt Cardle in 2010 and Olly Murs would almost certainly have received more votes than Joe McElderry in 2009.
"It will help us create champions more popular with younger people who wouldn't necessarily have been prepared to pay to vote."
Cheryl Cole has been playing it coy on the possibility of her returning to the show.