Oh look! American Idol Superfans can now SUPERVOTE. As if that wasn’t happening already. Heh. The deal is, via online voting, fans can cast 50 votes at one time. But only 50. If y’all want to vote more, you have to do it the old fashioned way. Read on for details:

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“AMERICAN IDOL” GIVES FANS A “SUPERVOTE,” PRESENTED BY AT&T

Fans Can Now Use AMERICAN IDOL’s New Online Voting Feature To Cast Multiple Online Votes at One Time
AT&T AMERICAN IDOL Voting Via Online, Mobile and Tablet App, Toll-Free Phone Lines and Text Messaging

Begins Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5, on FOX

AT&T IDOL Fan Meter Also Gives At-Home Viewers A New Way to Interact

In an innovative, fun and engaging new voting feature beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5, AMERICAN IDOL is offering fans the opportunity to “SuperVote” online for their favorite contestant(s) using FOX’s new patent-pending voting experience within the AT&T AMERICAN IDOL VOTE. In 2011, IDOL introduced an online voting window in which fans could cast their votes for that evening’s performances. Now with AMERICAN IDOL’s SuperVote, fans can cast 50 votes all at once.

Viewers will be able to SuperVote – cast multiple votes at one time – via any of these AT&T AMERICAN IDOL VOTE destinations: americanidol.com, the AMERICAN IDOL mobile app (data and message rates may apply) and Facebook. To SuperVote, fans can allocate any number of votes for one contestant or multiple contestants, for a total of 50 votes (across all online voting destinations), and in a unique interactive experience, they can adjust their vote selections as performances happen during the show. When the voting window officially opens, fans can submit their final votes – all at once. [Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.]

Sponsored by AT&T, online voting begins immediately after the first performance show airing tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX.

In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote during the voting window via toll-free phone lines, as well as text-messaging for AT&T wireless customers (standard text-messaging rates may apply). At the end of each performance show, the phone lines will open for at least two hours and AMERICAN IDOL viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant(s) via the toll-free telephone numbers (1-866-IDOLS-01, -02, etc.). AT&T wireless customers can use their cell phones to vote by texting the word “VOTE” to the four-digit short code (5701, 5702, etc.) that corresponds with the contestant of their choice. AMERICAN IDOL voting is managed by Telescope, Inc.

The 10 girl semifinalists take the stage for the first time tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), and the 10 guy semifinalists sing their hearts out for America and the judges on the following night Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). Then, this season’s finalists will be announced Thursday, March 7 (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Last week, IDOL also introduced the AT&T IDOL Fan Meter, with onscreen graphics which enable viewers to interact with the show via social media, with results shown in real time. In a broadcast television first, viewers were asked if they agreed or disagreed with the judges’ critiques by using the hashtags #idolagree and #idoldisagree. Then, almost immediately, the AT&T IDOL Fan Meter showed the poll results as Tweets were tallied, bringing home the live in-studio audience experience and allowing the at-home viewers’ opinions to be heard.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia; Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.

Visit americanidol.com for additional information regarding AMERICAN IDOL voting, as well as exclusive videos, interviews and photos, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.

“Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @MariahCarey; @yo_randyjackson; @nickiminaj; and @keithurban. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.

American Idol® and its related indicia: © 19 TV Ltd. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc.  2013. All Rights Reserved. www.americanidol.com

 
  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Yeah….that’s not going to be abused horribly.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I went from an enthusiastic voter to one who barely cares. I’ll let others do it and decide.  

  • Da 1 N Only

    Either they are:
    a.  Doing this to boost their vote totals when they announce how many votes were tallied each week or
    b.  Hoping to dilute the vote from the older less tech savvy viewers (since these shows are skewing in their direction) in order to produce younger more pop ready winners or
    c.  Both  

  • cheese1

    People who would make multiple accounts for this would also be the ones willing to call on 5 phones for 2 hours, so in the end, it won’t make any difference in the results. It will allow Idol to pad the vote totals to make up for lost viewership.  

    On-line voting is kind of scary – what if you accidentally forgot to turn off the “share with friends” thing and people you know in real life saw that you voted for someone 50 times? Not worth the potential embarrassment, imo. 

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    So AT&T paid for the naming rights of a voting method that doesn’t involve either phone or texting service? 

    That seems counter-intuitive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    Soooo glad I stopped voting ages ago. This is statistically wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4LE27LNEBMEIKSKJN5LAZ5555I D S

    FYI, Nigel tweeted last night:

    RT @Addicted2Haley: @dizzyfeet do you still stand by your statement that there will be no wildcards this season of Idol?[Up to FOX & Judges]

    So…looks like there will be Wildcard after all. NO WAY it is just “up to Fox and the judges” when Fox has a schedule to fill and this affects the tour, etc. Also, the results show is too long on Thursday to be only the Top 10 announcement.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    One person one vote. I know they want to brag how many gazzilion votes came in but then they want to know why talented contestants like Pia vanish out of nowhere.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

     I wonder if the wildcard is for Top 40 or top 20?

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Most likely Top 20.  America will choose the Top 10, then the judges will pick 2 or 3 more.

    Judging by the schedule. The finals will start the week of March 11th. If the finale is May 16th. Then they need 11 finalists to fit the schedule if they just eliminate one a week.

    And since they LOOOOOVE those double elimination nights. They could easily add 2 more.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    I don’t think that it will make any difference either.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    They signed her and gave her a boyfriend from DWTS?  The fact the result didn’t work isn’t the show’s fault. Hopefully, she will work on her career and maybe something will come of it.

  • mmmtx

    I don’t think the end result would have been any different…if not enough people are interested in “power” voting for a contestant, then history shows us that not enough people are interested enough to buy that contestants music.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Just think, if Nigel sticks to his word, we’ll already know by this Thursday who will be on the tour. No need to have Seacrest draw that out for the next couple of weeks. Heh. (Sounds like a stupid decision, but….)

    As for the 50 votes, I’d be all for it if we could use it to vote people off. 

  • girlygirltoo

    How this this any different from the power voting fans have done in the past? It just seems that now they are publicly encouraging viewers to vote hundreds of times, where in the past it was more of an unspoken thing.

  • Incipit

    @dizzyfeet do you still stand by your statement that there will be no wildcards this season of Idol?[Up to FOX & Judges]

    Yeah, I believe in Santa Claus too – as long as it’s spelled Sanity Clause. Heh.

    Who is he kidding? Of course it’s up to FOX, they have the show – and of course it is never up to the judges- they work for you, Nigel – did you think we forgot that? And by osmosis, they also work for FOX. If FOX thinks they need wildcards to fill out the season, or thinks they need them for interest – there will be wildcards.

    Poor Nigel will have ‘mispoke’ himself, and/or been over-ruled. Yeah. 

    Gimme a break.

  • mjsbigblog

    I don’t see how this new voting deal changes much. When power voters can vote 1000′s of times, 50 extra votes is a drop in the bucket.

  • Emmuzka

    They probably want to make the voting “an experience”, with all that “allocating of your votes” hoopla. Maybe they have took notice on those click bait voting contests that radio and entertainment sites publish and fans love to love/hate. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195101108 Stefan Wind

    I’m REALLY hoping wildcards can be picked from the Top 40, because out of this Top 20 I couldn’t even pick 4-5 I would want to get voted into the Top 10. Too many big/fun TALENTED personalities were cut for zany/crazy UNTALENTED ones the last couple of weeks.

  • Larc

    I agree.  But Idol would probably keep the same standards for wildcards.  If the bellowing cow doesn’t get voted in for Top 10, they will probably bring her back as a wildcard.  For some cryptic reason Idol apparently wants to keep this grossly outrageous performer with only meager talent.

  • chessguy99

    ATT already had the naming rights to the online voting, and it was limited to 50 votes per unique Facebook account. All this does is allow the voters to be one and done, instead of the tedious Captcha entering for each of their fifty votes. So, I doubt this will make much difference as power voters did their online voting after the phones voting closed. And, nothing will stop people from making up extra Facebook accounts. I know of a few Scotty voters claiming to have 20+ accounts back in S10. I still think the vast majority of votes are done by phone, landline or cell, withing the first half hour of voting. Their are millions who are fine with spending 5-15 minutes voting, but only a few thousand that will stay their pushing redial for two hours.

  • breakdown

    *Groan* Power voting. Bots. Go phones. This is exactly why the winner is not necessarily the best singer/performer and does not make AI very credible overall.

  • elliegrll

    The captcha is annoying.  With the increase in younger viewers this season, I really wish they would allow voting via twitter.  I wonder if that would tick of the people at facebook.  The X Factor used to do both during their first season.

  • elliegrll

    The winner has never been the one who is the best singer, yet the show managed to stay on top of the ratings for a record breaking number of years.

    It’s about ratings and entertainment, not credibility, since it’s just a television show.

  • http://twitter.com/annmgee Ann Gardner

    The last 2 winners are currently doing very well, how is that not credible? Is it just luck that the power voters got it right? 

  • ptebwwong

    Maybe it’s just me. But if voting was limited like on The Voice I still think we’d have about the same winners, shocking eliminations, etc. 

    Like it or not, I think some voters just choose for other reasons than talent (personality, likability  personal preference of genre, etc.). I think many voters still vote for other reasons than talent and even with limited voting a contestant with a lot of talent, but less personality shown on Idol (Ex. Melinda, Jessica Sanchez, etc.) would actually get out about the same place as they did before or maybe even worse than they did before. I’m skeptical any of these type of contestants would have voters use all their limited votes especially more than on contestants who on Idol had likable personalities and talent (Ex. Carrie, Scotty, David Cook, etc.).

    Also, I think with limited voting that will still give an advantage to the contestants who come from the South or small towns. The contestants who come from big cities, West Coast, or East Coast will still be at a disadvantage because most of them don’t really care about a Idol contestant. For example, if you came from NYC, many people probably could care less that you do well on Idol. They wouldn’t use all there limited votes on the contestant. Heck they probably wouldn’t vote at all.

  • breakdown

    It’s not just a television show with record contracts at stake. The South crowns the winners – always has, always will.

  • CB40

    Ugh. Power voters FTW means Paul Jolley will win S12 if he makes the Top 10

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I don’t think so, unless he gets himself a personality. I saw an interview with him and Kree Harrison conducted by one of their local FOX affiliates. Every time the reporter directed a question at him/them, he’d looked pained, as if he couldn’t think of a thing to say. He left it up to Kree to answer almost everything and then agreed with her. It was very odd and it’s not like Kree is a dynamo on screen who jumps in and hogs up the airtime.

  • http://twitter.com/hawkscool8 John S

    I would be more worried about Lazaro than Paul.

  • elliegrll

    People could always vote 50 times on facebook, so how is this different?  Even if someone has several facebook accounts, how much of a real dent can they make?  

  • elliegrll

    It’s not just a television show with record contracts at stake.

    If Jimmy or another exec. sees someone who has potential they will sign them whether they come in first or tenth.   So yes, it’s still just a television show.

    The perception that the south crowns the winner exists, because more people in the south cast votes.

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    I do not understand the big news. All they did was make it a bit easier to cast 50 votes — and emphasize why a casual voter should not ever bother to care.

    I think the only winner on this one is Facebook. I hope they wrote 19E and Fox a big check.

  • Miz

    I know people who already have 20+ Facebook accounts to play games. And it’s not just a ‘young people’ thing. Lots and lots of seniors use facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/redsphilliesastros Shannon Hayden

    he was not feeling well when he had that interview.give paul a break

  • breakdown

    “The perception that the south crowns the winner exists, because more people in the south cast votes.”

    Uh, duh!

    I’m sure it’s more than just a tv show to those who participate. The longer you stay on the better your chance to get signed and I do think the winner is guaranteed a contract.

  • Incipit

    he was not feeling well when he had that interview.give paul a break

    Can’t do that, Shannon Hayden. If this season turns into the germ incubator that every other season has been, with hamsters not sleeping or eating properly, Paul won’t be the only one not feeling well, many times during the season –  and unless it’s someone TPTB want to keep – they won’t be cutting anyone a break. If the lame interview was because he felt ill – then he’ll have to suck it up. If it was because he gives lame interviews – he’d best learn how to do them properly – and quickly.

    That speech from Nicki about professionalism? It extends to interviews as well as performances. Paul does not have the luxury of feeling sorry for himself because he’s nervous, or ill – none of them do. We’ve seen quite a few people over the years perform with bronchitis, laryngitis, and other, much more serious problems – most of which we learned about from someone else, after the fact. The whole ‘show must go on’ meme is alive and well on Idol – sometimes more ‘well’ than the contestants are/were. 

    JMO. Of Course.

  • Tom22

    I think Nigel reads this and slezak’s boards and takes advice from me .  ; )  

    I’ve been pushing that super vote idea off and on for a year now.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Looking at the cast, um the contestants, I don’t see anyone I would crazy vote for.  It could change, but it seems like it may be an average season.

  • sdmama

    I think you are right, and I think it is pointless. Pardon my language. 
    Viewers pick 10. Judges add 2 more. Viewers vote again, and get rid of the two they did not want in the first place.  Right…. 

    Let us pick two more from the pile judges and Nigel did not want and we had no say about. Write in vote! (Though I am not sure who to write in.  JDA? LOL)

  • http://twitter.com/Sephian31 Sephian

    I think this means more international votes coming in. 

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy

    I had my year of power voting with five phones for the entire time period. This is just a drop in the bucket and no big deal for anyone who wants to power vote. That is more the question, is there anyone in this year’s group that would inspire power voting?

  • Incipit

     is there anyone in this year’s group that would inspire power voting?

    Good question, dy, and for me the answer is definitely no. If I vote for someone, it’s because I start by liking their vocals, and/or their pre-Idol music – then their musicality over the weeks – I will like what they have done on the various themes (don’t know that yet at all – with the new system) and I want them around to make more music that I plan to purchase. And I do. If I like an artist’s work, I’ll buy whatever they have on offer, from the first performance – These hamsters are batting Zero.

    That’s the big impetus to vote – I want them to stay, and make music I can buy. That leaves out most everyone I have heard so far – nothing special, nobody stands out as someone I have to add to my music library…and a couple of them I do NOT want to hear again, like Nigel’s terrible Gimmick Contestant he is so determined to advance.

    Mediocre to medium vocals, no interesting pre-Idol music, very few examples of songs done in a fresh way of the few performances I have heard – almost deja vu – and all that equals no interest in voting, let alone Power Voting. So it doesn’t matter what voting system is offered, if one does not care to vote – KWIM?

    JMO.