x-factor-sweet-suspense-Top-16.jpgThe “X Factor” live shows start Tuesday, Oct. 29 on FOX and for the first time ever, the fans at home will be able to weigh in as the fifth judge with real-time results appearing live on the air.

When the Top 16 perform, use special hashtags on Twitter and Instagram to support your favorite acts. The hashtag voting begins at noon ET/9 a.m. PT. During the broadcast, the poll rankings will shift in real time as at-home viewers tweet about their favorite acts.

Following the performances, each judge must choose three of his or her four acts to move forward. The Top 12 then begins performing Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

Here are the special hashtags to use for your favorite acts. Which one will you be tweeting?

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."