An "X Factor" live stream has been made available for viewers to catch all the pre-show action online for free on their computers or smartphones.


The official Pepsi PreShow Live stream is your chance to see what it's like behind the scenes at "The X Factor." Get ready for the evening of excitement, featuring judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears and friends, as well as a widely anticipated performance by Ke$ha.


Tonight's episode of "The X Factor" is part of its special three-hour episode series and will feature 90 minutes of the hit competition show.


Here's the description of the preshow, as provided on the "X Factor" website:

“This week's episode of the 'Pepsi PreShow Live' features interviews with the judges and the Top 6 talking about the mentoring process, as well as a live performance by vocal coach and artist Lil' Eddie and interviews with supervising producer/choreographer Brian Friedman, vocal coach Autumn Rowe and a whole lot more! Watch the whole episode now, and tune in every Wednesday at 7/6 Central on, and THE EXTRA FACTOR APP.”


"The X Factor" was initially launched on ITV in the United Kingdom on Sept. 4, 2004. It has since come across the pond to the United States, where it has continued to grow into a mega-sensation for viewers in the states.


It was first shown on the American Fox network on Sept. 21, 2011, and is now in its second season, with a confirmed third season on the way.