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Fox has ordered a second season of The X Factor, the network announced Wednesday.

While the singing competition series may not have nabbed the 20 million viewers judge Simon Cowell initially expected, it has been performing steadily since its Sept. 21 premiere. The show's most recent two-and-a-half hour live episode averaged 11.78 million viewers.

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The X Factor
airs tonight at 8/7c when the final 12 acts will perform — and for the first time ever, fans will be able to vote for their favorites via Twitter.

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