A TV source has revealed that Irish voting lines would "definitely not" be available this year.
Despite the Grimes twins from Lucan being among the final 11 acts, Irish fans of the boys can do nothing to keep them in the competition.
The issue was highlighted by judge Louis Walsh on Saturday night's show after Simon Cowell accused him of putting the Grimes twins through to the live stages simply because they are Irish.
Walsh instantly said that would be pointless, quipping: "People in Ireland can't even vote for some reason."
Meanwhile, audience figures for the X Factor results show were boosted again this week as shocked Stephen Gately fans tuned in for any updates about his tragic death.
A whopping 595,000 viewers watched Sunday night first result's show, which marked the introduction of the new 24-hour voting period for the first time in the programme's history.
A spokesperson for TV3, which broadcasts the ITV produced reality series here, told the Herald Mr Gately's sudden death had an impact on the Sunday night's ratings.
"They were definitely up on Sunday night. The figures were absolutely huge and, while we're delighted, we also wish that it were under different circumstances," she said.