Great news for The X Factor South Africa fans is that iTunes will be making all of the songs performed by contestants during the live gala shows on SABC 1 available for download, starting this week. This ground breaking initiative for X Factor SA marks the first of its kind in South Africa, where recordings of the songs performed during the LIVE gala shows will be made available for distribution through iTunes during the live broadcast. SABC TV head of Publicity, Zandile Nkonyeni says, “We believe in supporting talented artists and cultivating South African musicians. SABC 1 is proud that this format, The X Factor South Africa, is growing and reaching outlets like iTunes. It is another step in which the SABC and the show have taken to bring another first to our viewers. After auditioning thousands of hopefuls around the country and narrowing down the field to the nine top solo singers and groups, The X Factor SA, broadcast on SABC1 on Saturdays at 17:30, has now hit warp speed as the live shows bring an extra dimension of competitiveness and excitement to the singing competition. South African television audiences will begin casting their votes for their favourite acts, who will hear their fate during the live results shows on Saturdays at 19:30 on SABC1. This nerve-wracking process of elimination will culminate in the crowning of the first ever X Factor SA winner on Saturday 13 December 2014. “iTunes and The X Factor have worked closely together in other international markets in the past, and we are excited about extending the same benefit to South Africans,” said Paul Thackwray, Marketing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, which is sponsoring a recording contract for the winner. Between now and December, the finalists will be performing in the region of 60 songs during the live televised shows. Starting on Saturday 25 October 2014, all of these tracks will be available for download on iTunes, starting from the evening on which each number is performed. The songs will be available for the duration of the competition. Simply visit the South African iTunes store, where all the songs will be available in a dedicated X Factor South Africa section. Fans can also check out The X Factor SA website, Facebook page or Twitter account to find out how to support SA’s latest stars-in-waiting by downloading their powerhouse performances. The cost per track is R5.99.