'American Idol' adding online voting via Facebook

UPDATED: Fox has officially announced its online voting plans that EW first reported yesterday. “We have been wanting to do online voting for several years, and now Facebook has offered us a secure solution and we are ready to go,” says American Idol creator Simon Fuller in a statement. “The show has always involved a high level of engagement with its viewers through texting and phone voting, and it’s great to expand on this tradition.”

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The Fox hit will soon announce that it’s adding online voting for the first time, sources tell EW. Here are the details: Users will be able to use their Facebook accounts to reach a dedicated Idol voting page that will include all the current contestants. Each fan will be able to vote 50 times during a telecast’s voting period. Viewers will still be able to vote via text messaging and toll-free phone calls as well.

The Idol plans have been in the works for awhile, though Fox hasn’t commented. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe leaked plans to introduce a form of online voting earlier this week, followed by somebody leaking plans to introduce Facebook voting for next fall’s The X Factor.

Idol creator Simon Fuller has been pushing for the show to embrace online voting as part of its widespread overhaul of season 10. With Idol still dominating in the ratings and viewers embracing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as judges, the industry consensus seems to be that the show has managed to pull off something that many thought impossible — soldiering on successfully in the wake of Cowell’s departure.

This latest change, online voting, is expected to go into effect during the performance show on Tuesday, March 1.

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  • jj6


  • Spandex

    Well good luck, I’m not sure if this was the brightest idea.

    I firmly believe it was online voting that helped Ms. Palin stay afloat on last season’s DWTS. Let’s just say that Facebook is going to have a rise in (bogus) accounts come March 1st.

  • cheese

    so there goes any legitimacy that was left with the phone voting. Tweens + phone voting + texting + Facebook voting = hunky guy win.

    • Zakry

      Men don’t have Facebook?

      • joe

        Only if your gay!

    • Beannie

      I totally agree with you! The voting system is absolutely skewed. It’s a shame that the most talented contestants rarely win on this show:(

  • hickstead

    I’m assuming voting will still only be open to Americans?

    • Michael Sacal

      That’s what I’d like to know, because if they were to open it to people outside the States that could really enhance the experience of watching the show.

    • Glim

      People outside the U.S. had been voting for several years already using magicJack, etc.

    • WhiteLady

      I’d be really happy if it was. Poor Kris would neer have won then!

  • justin


  • Dave

    They need to really do a re-haul on the whole voting system. Limit the number of times people can call and text. They’re limiting the number of times people can do the online vote, but they should realize that the power voters will surely create a slew of bogus accounts just to vote more.

  • RK

    Awful. The biggest problem are all of the teens that vote.

    • wino

      teens? puhleeze, more like middle aged moms and cougars

  • JacklynB

    As a 27-year-old who stopped watching last season because of the mediocre talent and boring judges table, I will definitely vote more online than I would actually pick up a cell phone to have to deal with a busy signal.
    However I agree with others; teen voting is what’s killing this competition. Teens don’t buy albums of Kris Allen or Lee whoever. They need REAL talent to win, an actual STAR, for the person to become a legitimate artist.

    • Zakry

      adults don’t have facebook???

      • Petunia

        Adults don’t typically hit redial for 2 straight hours on their home phone while texting on their cell….

    • Julie

      How many real singing stars have ever come out of this show? Kelly, Carrie, and Daughtry–that’s it. People don’t watch it because they’re interested in the music–they watch it because they’re interested in the competition. That will never change.

      • Hilda

        How could you forget Lee DeWyze and
        David Cook?

    • joe

      You don’t have to win Idol to become a legitimate artist.It has already been proven!

    • joe

      You don’t have to win AI to become a legitimate artist! It has already been proven.

  • elr

    This is such a bad idea. They needed to limit the voting not open it up for more. They just want to be able to say they had a billion votes cast.

  • wg

    If I thought the voting actually counted, this might be irritating.

  • Suncatcher

    To do all the work they did to successfully repair Idol – and not repair the terrible voting system -is dumber than dirt! The tweenies take over from here – or was that the plan? (Pushing through 15 year olds from the start)?

  • Zakry

    Again… adults don’t have Facebook?? I’ll answer that… yes they do. In fact 80% of Facebook users are 16 and over. Tweens are younger usually don’t have FB because they are kinda vulnerable to predators (and parents shouldn’t allow them anyway).

    • B.Rich

      The fact that 20% of Facebook users are under 16 is disturbing.

    • Aunt Sassy

      Give it up Zakry – what, are you 12? The fact is that adults don’t sit on the phone for hours re-dialing or texting the way tweens do – and to claim anything different is just lame on your part. Just look at the past few years on Idol – the proof is in the telegenic boys winning (and in the case of the last few years not having the talent to back it up). Sorry, but as an adult I don’t have 2 hours to vote 50 times on Facebook – although I am positive my 14 year old niece does.

  • Dana

    wow I might vote now

  • Amy

    I like this. (No pun intended.) It will be so much more convenient than calling and dealing with busy signals (I don’t have the right carrier to text my votes in). I also like that this method of voting will be limited so people won’t be able to sit there for two hours, vote, refresh, vote, refresh, etc…. I really wish that they would put a limit on the phone and text votes, too. A few seasons ago when there was a contestant I REALLY loved, I felt I had to vote for the whole voting block in order for my votes to count, because that’s what it seemed like everybody else was doing. It’s a shame because I want to support the people I like on the show, but at the same time it’s like…what’s the point if everyone else is just power voting and I can only get through 15 times in an hour?

  • bruno

    50 times????
    what about the people that only wanna vote once and not spend all night on facebook clicking vote.

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