American Idol 10 Spoiler Update: Online Voting & Wildcards

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Vote for the Worst has more information from an anonymous tipster regarding the possibility of American Idol introducing online voting for Season 10.

Previously, VFTW posted a rumor that 12 finalists would be advanced via online voting during the Hollywood Rounds, as viewers watched 40-50 contestants go through workshops and Q&A sessions.

The site’s tipster has forwarded additional information about how the process might work:

The online voting will take place at AT&T’s website. Auditions will take place for the first 6 episodes (California, Nashville, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Austin, New Orleans in that order). There will then be 5 Hollywood episodes, a live voting kick off episode that highlights the eligible contestants, a reveal episode to announce the top 12, and a wildcard episode to let 3 more people into the finals. The online voting may stay in place until the finals are down to 12.

Well, that answers the concern I initially raised about AT&T’s involvement.

What lends further credence to the rumors? A tipster pointed AINow in the direction of a contestants twitter page announcing there would be online voting beginning in February via AT&T.

It’s only a rumor at this point, nothing has been officially announced. But, if you ask me, the rumors are looking pretty good…

 
  • fuzzywuzzy

    Online voting? Probably spammable, with no limit per IP address. This is supposed to be an improvement? Do they think that they can attract a younger demographic with online voting? Maybe, they see how Bieber’s fans voted him 3 major AMA awards and think that online voting will be good for the younger contestants?

  • Valentin432

    Yep, this sure looks like more than just a rumor. Online voting could become an absolute nightmare but in regards to the power texting of the past few years, it couldn’t get much worse, right?

    What doesn’t make sense with this schedule is that it’s 14 shows before the top 12. Last year there was 21 shows.
    Even if we dismiss the result shows during the semifinals (making this only 2 shows instead of 3 per week), we are 2 weeks short of the normal scheduling, unless we get some weeks where there’s only one show.

  • chearts77

    Wasn’t it said that a 15 year old from Nashville is an early fave? What better way to make sure he/she gets far than to allow the online voting? The younger people will be voting in droves because I’m sure you can vote as many times as you want. I think they are looking for a female Bieber this year. ugghh…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that AI is definitely looking for someone Bieber/Taylor-esque to tap into the pre-teen/teen demographic this year. They see how lucrative that market is, and must be salivating at the prospect of crowning a winner who will appeal to that group.

  • Joyed

    Hmm, I have only voted 5 times in 9 years – I wonder if I’ll be more likely to vote if it is online. That is more convenient for me than using my phone and dialing.

    I like the idea of being able to check out more of the Hollywood week singers – that said, I wonder how many will get lost in the mix. That seems like a lot of people to keep straight.

    Can’t wait until the new season starts!

  • tinawina

    I kind of like this new twist because it has some unpredictability… we have no idea how this will play out. VFTW will LOVE this though. Heh. I’m all for shaking things up a little.

  • LaRue

    Seems like with online voting, Idol is looking to have teenagers off-set their mothers who may be more comfortable with texting by phone.

    The Idol Voting Wars: coming in 2011. Whose side are you on? LOL!

  • koshka

    I kind of like this new twist because it has some unpredictability… we have no idea how this will play out. VFTW will LOVE this though. Heh. I’m all for shaking things up a little.

    You and me! I excited at the prospect that they could push more content online. I never saw any reason to look at their website during the season. Maybe there will be some improvement. I’m asking for too much, huh? :)

  • progression

    So let’s see – the “problem” of the past couple of years is supposedly hard core, organized, power voting fanbases that have dominated the voting, resulting in winners who were not representative of the broader AI audience, let alone what is popular on Top40 radio. So the “solution” to this “problem” is online voting? Don’t these power voting groups organize online? What am I missing here?

    Idol is looking to have teenagers off-set their mothers who may be more comfortable with texting by phone

    .

    I’d guess just the opposite. Teens on the phone, moms on the computer. JMO.

    ITA though, it will at least be interesting to see how it plays out!

  • koshka

    progression Maybe I’ve got it wrong but I read:

    The online voting may stay in place until the finals are down to 12.

    Meaning only until the top 12 are picked. I’m not sure how ‘organized’ voting is in the early rounds. Teens may be on their phones now, but those phones are also multi functioning mobile devices. j/s Yeah, like you said, should be interesting though.

  • LaRue

    I’d guess just the opposite. Teens on the phone, moms on the computer. JMO.

    That could be. But with smart phones connecting to e-mail/internet services–who knows? Either way, it’s going to be interesting.

  • Tess

    Unless voting online is extended beyond the first few hours after the program airs they won’t be getting me to vote that way. Moving to Wednesday has already forced me to tape American Idol…I’m not giving up good TV dramas to watch it live. Besides, if you have online voting won’t they need to allow extra time for people to go out and find a wi-fi connection or use their computer at work.

  • jersey

    I think what this does is increase power voting. For those who couldn’t text vote before because they didn’t have AT&T service, now they can power vote on-line! And at AT&T’s site. It’s a win-win for AT&T. And AI will be able to tout the bazillions of votes cast each week!!!11!1

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    online voting would rock–dont like at&t being involoved tho

  • TwigLA

    I like the idea of online voting. I hated voting by phone and I don’t text.

  • karenc

    It’s going to be a lot to vote for 50 contestants. But it could be interesting.

    And I wonder if they are going to have online voting for the top 12 also.

  • mozart4898

    I just don’t see how, regardless of what they do, they’re going to really bring in the younger viewers/voters if they really haven’t had them in recent years. Change it all you want, Idol just isn’t “cool” with the younger crowd any more and I doubt that they’re going to make it popular with the tweens/teens again. Of course I still think they’ve had a good many viewers/voters in that demographic recently but I don’t think they’ll gain many, if any at all. It’s just not the in thing – the tweens they’re trying to attract if that’s what they’re trying to do don’t remember life before AI – it’s just soooooo old. Bieber wouldn’t have won AI because his fanbase doesn’t watch AI. Taylor Swift’s fanbase might to an extent (I think it’s much broader than the fetus) but again, I doubt she would have won either – her poor live performances might have actually done her in. There are enough Idol viewers who do still value good singing after all. Plus, she’s a girl, and I think a requirement to win Idol any more is that you be someone that females can at least somewhat fantasize about romantic involvement with.

    No, what they’ll end up doing is, if the judges/producers don’t put through the WGWG into the top 12, at least 1 or 2 of them will then make it through by the wild cards – and they’ll get voted straight through probably to the final. Their format changes to me seem like they’ll do nothing to change that, if anything, it may make it easier for a 4th similar winner to come out of this season by putting competition up against them that has no appeal to the traditional Idol viewership and therefore, won’t get the votes. I doubt the demographic will change noticeably from past years – if they screw with the show too much the only difference they may see is a drop in viewership as the season goes on. It would be in Idol’s best interest to ensure that whatever WGWG’s they let through to the semis are outstanding (like a DC or Michael Grimm type). At least that way if the Idol type wins, they’ll have a really good WGWG, rather than a bland (or sometimes off key) one.

  • jacquesthedog

    Jesus, peeps he is not off key..listen to taylor swift or bieber, that’s off key! No offense but I get really tired of peeps always aluding to how “bad” lee is. I WENT to his accoustic concert, with hubby, and he turned to me and said, that Lee has an excellent voice. HE SOUNDS better live, then recorded, which in my mind is the sign of a good singer. The only thing I wish is that he had more up tempo songs, cause that’s what sells on mainstream from HAC

  • mozart4898

    Jesus, peeps he is not off key..listen to taylor swift or bieber, that’s off key! No offense but I get really tired of peeps always aluding to how “bad” lee is.

    Without going performance by performance, you can’t tell me that songs like KFAR weren’t off key on the show. The SSB from a few weeks back was a hot mess as well. It’s been said that if nothing else, at least the winners all were good singers, but the fact is, yes, Lee does have pitch problems, and not just one rare occasion. Those problems don’t show up on recordings (having not listened to his whole album but at least clips, there’s a few songs I kinda actually like so I’m not just totally trying to slam him) but live, it seems that there’s always that risk with Lee. He does have an interesting vocal tone – it’s not like he sounds like a strangled cat or something, far from that. But anyways, my point wasn’t just him – to some people, Kris is bland, there were those as far back as when Ruben won that felt that Clay was far better and people still call Ruben bland or other similar things. I don’t think Carrie was called “pageant-bot” because she was an overly exciting “performer” on the show (truthfully I didn’t see any of that season so I can’t speak from personal opinion and my own viewing). People definitely have said the last two seasons (and before that on occasions) that the winners just were bland, and if after their revamping this season, if someone in the same vein wins again, how much longer can it continue?

    Yes, they’re trying to do something, and maybe it’ll work, but if it doesn’t?

    (And to be fair, I’ve regularly slammed Taylor Swift but that “special” she had on TV on Thanksgiving night, she sounded fine on. I honestly have to think it was dubbed in but they did a fantastic job because you couldn’t “see” it. If it wasn’t dubbed in, she’s learning, because she really didn’t sound that bad at all. On the other hand, she was atrocious on Letterman a few weeks back – just plain painful.)

  • Ratna12

    …. But anyways, my point wasn’t just him – to some people, Kris is bland…

    Those people have never seen Kris in concert. too bad for them, they are missing really great stuff.
    Kris even rocks his ballads.

  • bagel08

    If there is no gender split required for the top 12, then it will be a sausage fest for sure…with 10 boys and 2 girls getting voted through and the 3 wildcards being girls…hopefully that is not the case and the online voting has a limit.

  • Allison

    I like the idea of 3 wildcards and the number expanding to 15. This will cover the few that inexplicably get left out, but not unwieldy like the old top 36.

  • http://twitter.com/maxsmom61 CathyMK

    I love the idea of online voting. When I got serious about voting during Season 7, I scoured the AI website looking for a place to vote. Thank goodness they’re starting to enter the 21st century, LOL.

    Idol is looking to have teenagers off-set their mothers who may be more comfortable with texting by phone

    Well, for this mother of teenagers, online voting is generally easier than texting, but I do both as needed, and I’m as phone/text/internet savvy as my kids. These things aren’t as age-based as people think.

  • ruru