Unfair voting system ruining X Factor hopes warns Rebecca's sister
ON SONG: Tallaght star's fans pull out all the stops
DUBLIN X Factor contestant Rebecca Creighton's sister has slammed the complex voting system for Irish fans.
Rebecca (18) from Tallaght is one quarter of girl band Belle Amie.
This year, the voting lines opened for Irish viewers for the first time, but Joanna Muldowney, sister of Rebecca, is concerned that the tricky voting system might put people off.
"Every week, a new number for the act is distributed," she said. "You have to log onto the website to find out the number. The TV3 website crashed last week with the amount of people logging on.
"It's quite obvious that the system would crash."
Joanna said a simpler version would push up the voting figures for the Irish acts.
"It should be all about the people in it and they should be doing it right to make it easy for supporters to vote," she said.
"There are so many Irish voting, so you don't want to get it wrong."
The Old Mill pub in Tallaght, the unofficial Rebecca Creighton fan headquarters, has set up a system where one employee logs onto the website, prints out the number and distributes it to all of the punters in the pub at the time.
Joanna (32) said Rebecca and her fellow contestants are gearing up for the show this evening.
And thankfully, Rebecca's health hasn't suffered, unlike Mary Byrne, who had a bout of laryngitis last week.
"Everything is intact," Joanna said. "They are really looking forward to the performance tonight.
"Last week, they didn't have a choice of the song and it didn't suit them.
"Simon (Cowell) has been very hands-on. He was with them in rehearsals on Friday."
Four of Rebecca's family members travelled over to London this morning to give their support to the Dublin teen.
"It has been absolutely crazy, with the press, radio stations, television," Joanna said.
"We've printed up 500 posters and distributed them around. We've got T-shirts printed up and are trying to get her mentioned on all of the radio stations.
"We met the other families for the first time last Saturday. We shook hands with them and after it was all over, we gave each other hugs."
She said the contestants were like "one big family" and denied rumours of budding relationships.
"The three Irish get on very well; everyone looks after each other," she said. "But there are no romances -- they're like brothers and sisters."
Joanna said the stylists had not changed Rebecca's style and wanted to retain her unusual look.
"She's the kind of girl who could go into George's Street at the weekend and get a second-hand dress and it would look amazing," she said.
Two more acts will be voted off this weekend.
There are 14 hopefuls left after Italian singer Nicolo Festa and boyband FYD were booted off last week.
Wacky Wagner Carrilho is favourite to go but the double elimination could be bad news for Katie Waissal, John Adeleye and girl group Belle Amie, who are all tipped by bookmakers to struggle.