American Idol XIII – Voting FAQ! Fans Can Vote Top Of The Show, Via Google

The American Idol finals begin tonight at 8/7c pm on FOX and for the first time ever, American Idol viewers can begin voting AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW.

That’s right, according to American Idol, another “exciting” element begins as viewers at home will have five ways to vote for their favorite singer.  This week, as the Top 13 take the stage, fans will be able to vote, via Google Search by searching for IDOL-related terms.

Fans will be able to vote immediately after their favorites perform. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to sharetheir votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show. Viewers can also vote online at AmericanIdol.com; via the AMERICAN IDOL App; via text messaging; and via toll-free calling.

Here are all 5 voting methods explained, from the American Idol Voting FAQ

(1) SuperVoteTM at www.americanidol.com/vote: If you have a valid Facebook account, you can vote online at www.americanidol.com/vote or at the AMERICAN IDOL XIII Facebook page www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. If you do not already have a Facebook account, you will need to create one before being able to vote online. Viewers will be able to submit up to 50 votes per contestant per valid Facebook account ID per Voting Show (this limit is combined with SuperVoteTM via the AMERICAN IDOL XIII App).

(2) SuperVoteTM via the AMERICAN IDOL XIII App: If you have a compatible Android or iOS device (tablet or handheld for iOS, handheld for Android), then you can vote via the AMERICAN IDOL XIII App. Here is how:
(a) Download the App from the App StoreSM or Google PlayTM Store. Data rates may apply for App download.
(b) Follow the voting instructions found within the App. To vote via the App, you will need to sign into a valid Facebook account when prompted. If you do not already have a Facebook account, you will need to create one before being able to vote. Viewers will be able to submit up to 50 votes per contestant per valid Facebook account ID per Voting Show (this limit is combined with SuperVoteTM via www.americanidol.com/vote).

(3) Vote on Google Search: If you have a valid Google account, you can vote via Google Search starting on Wednesday, February 26th, when the final contestants (“Finalists”) first perform. Simply go to Google, search “American Idol” or “Idol.” This search will prompt the Google Voting Module to appear with the images of the Finalists. Before being able to vote, you must first log in to the module with a valid Google account. If you do not already have a Google account, you will need to create one before being able to vote using Google Search. Once successfully logged in, you may select the Finalist(s) you wish to vote for and submit no more than 50 votes per Finalist per Google account ID per Voting Show.

(4) Text Voting: When voting begins for all the contestants, they will each be assigned a text message “keyword” number which will appear on screen during the Voting Show each week alongside the short code 83676. However, starting on Wednesday, February 26th, the keyword for each Finalist will remain the same for the remainder of the season. Text Voting in AMERICAN IDOL XIII is open to all participating wireless cell phone service providers; for a complete list see Text Voting Terms and Conditions. Customers of participating wireless service providers may text the keyword number relating to the contestant of choice, and send it to the 5 digit short code 83676 (e.g. Text 1 to 83676 or Text 2 to 83676). Text Voting is limited to 50 votes per contestant per originating phone number, per Voting Show. The Text Voting Terms and Conditions can be found at www.americanidol.com/mobileterms. Data or message rates may apply.

(5) Toll-free Voting: When voting begins for all the contestants, they will each be assigned a toll-free number during the Voting Show each week. Starting on Wednesday, February 26th, when the Finalists first perform, each Finalist will be assigned a toll-free number which they will keep for the remainder of the season. To vote, simply watch AMERICAN IDOL XIII on FOX each week (see local listings for dates/times in your area) and dial the toll-free telephone number of the contestant(s) for whom you wish to vote. Toll-free Voting is limited to 50 votes per contestant per originating phone number, per Voting Show. Any votes above 50 per contestant will not count even though you will continue to hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.

  • maymay

    Showing iTunes ranking and counting it as the vote can create some buzz and exposure. I don`t know why the Idol producer doesn`t want to do it. So waste.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Trying anything to engage audience hype to be like it was back in the old days, at Idol’s peak. Not sold on this “voting immediately after the individual performance”…I think it will prove another vehicle for producer manipulation and for Judge’s UBER over- pimping or over-admonishing (bussing) of their favourite/least favourite contestants.

  • Tracey

    I don’t see how it will be another tool for manipulation. The only difference is voting a little earlier.

  • Amy Beth

    Permanent phone numbers.

    Don’t even have to check in with the show to get the performance order.

  • Amy Beth

    They don’t want to look like followers. Especially of their competition.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    The impact of the judges (effusive and/or degrading) comments directly before voting and directly after the performance knowing that people will be voting immediately (J-Lo will verbally deliver extra ‘goosies’ for the object of their pimping). More vocal with their shameless plugging of faves, etc and the bussing of non-faves. The producers knowing how to manipulate better when the voting is directly after the performance. Will the voting be a limited amount of time based on when in the show the contestant performs? If so, it will be more of a disadvantage (than it already is) to those going first.

    I watch and enjoy both Idol and The Voice, but I do appreciate that the Voice’s voting is much cleaner, simpler. With regard to their voting system, Idol is expert at making the simple complicated in order to achieve those monster voting numbers.

  • Matthew Kitson

    I like what they’re doing with Google.

  • Matthew Richards

    All things considered, manipulation has been pretty low this year. By Idol’s standards.

  • Trina

    Well to be fair they manipulated horribly last year to get a female winner, and that hasnt worked out so well. Maybe they grasp now people should just vote for who they like without being tricked into who they should like.

  • nycguy

    Didn’t X-Factor do something similar with the permanent voting numbers? Is Idol so desperate they’re stealing ideas from a cancelled show?

  • Madilo

    They should, it’s not like the others did not pick some things from Idol.

  • ladymctech

    Eh, it’s only one small detail if that is the case. I’ll give Idol a pass, LOL.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    The night is young…

  • nycguy

    But this isn’t the first time. Last season they copied X-Factor’s idea of revealing the voting order on elimination night.