Social networking will now influence “American Idol” votes as online voting via Facebook comes to the show. Instead of just spending the evening swapping Facebook messages about each show (yes, we all do it) you will be able to vote online and actually make a difference to the results while still chatting with your friends.
The Fox Network are now allowing all Facebook users to sign up at their official website, www.americanidol.com, and from there you will be able to access a special voting page. You will get a total of 50 votes to make during any one telecast voting period. Of course, you can also place additional votes for your favorites in the traditional ways of text messaging and toll-free phone calls too.
Once you register for “American Idol” Facebook voting, Facebook will verify your identity and ensure you can’t exceed your 50 vote limit. The voting is completely free and confidential. The show’s executive producer, Simon Fuller, is very excited about this Facebook voting opportunity.
“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.”
There is also hope that this online voting will lessen criticism that “American Idol’s” trend of Southern winners will be challenged as voting is less reliant on the toll-free text voting available to AT&T wireless customers, and the telecommunications company’s dominance in the Southern states.
So what do you think of this new voting opportunity? Will you be hurrying on over to www.americanidol.com and registering to vote via Facebook?