In Atlanta for the So You Think You Can Dance 8 auditions, Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal Constitution just got word direct from Nigel Lythgoe that online voting is coming to American Idol

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told me that online voting is going to be added this season. Though a publicist later told me it was not a done deal, Lythgoe’s exact quote to me was affirmative: “We are going to introduce online voting.”

He was unsure about the details and whether there’d be any limits on the voting online. He did say that there are no plans to limit texts or voice calls.

There’s been a lot of conflicting information from the Idol camp regarding online voting. Makes me wonder if there’s an internal struggle between the producers over the issue. Something tells me Nigel will get his way. Heh.

I’ll post Rodney’s interview here when it’s available

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  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Yeah! I would rather vote online than call.

  • gangreen29

    Yeah! I would rather vote online than call

    Me too, and since I’m always glued to my laptop I can do it discreetly without everyone in my house being like “you really are going to spend time voting?!”

  • platoken

    Yeah! Now I can use my housephone, cellphone, AND vote online! I wonder if that means international people will get to vote online now?

  • bjames

    This entire season seems like producers are flying by the seat of their pants. I have to say though, I kinda dig it.

  • http://nicolesrandomthings.blogspot.com/ IdolFan2890

    What?? Online voting? That is not a good idea because just like people can call in as many times as they want, they will just go online and vote as much as they want, unless they limit it to the amount of times that someone can vote.

  • platoken

    I guess scratch the international thing unless they live in Canada or if they just vote without seeing the show first…

  • Valentin432

    Ugh, another way to favorize the crazy rabid fans over the casual voters.

  • mickeybordentwo

    It’s also a way of inflating the number of votes Ryan will announce have been cast, which in turn may inflate the perception of popularity of the contestants and the show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Ugh, another way to favorize the crazy rabid fans over the casual voters.

    True. Unless AI starts to limit the number of votes from each source, there will be a disconnect between votes vs. real popularity.

    ETA:

    It’s also a way of inflating the number of votes Ryan will announce have been cast, which in turn may inflate the perception of popularity of the contestants and the show.

    Exactly.

  • Mel1

    They’ll never limit text votes because one of their biggest sponsors is AT&T.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Bad idea. It only takes one good programmer with a crush on some gal and the whole thing is done.
    I don’t know how they would implement this, but at the very least, they would have one of those “read this funky-looking word and type it back” apps.

  • tinawina

    I would totally vote on my computer. I give this a thumbs up.

  • Mark

    True. Unless AI starts to limit the number of votes from each source, there will be a disconnect between votes vs. real popularity.

    Yes, but it’s becoming clear that they want the people who have the full-on crazies to advance further than those with broadly popular but not spectacularly deep fanbases. And that makes sense, because the ones with high numbers of crazies buy albums, so why not give that incentive? It does, however, mean that the dream of another female winner is probably becoming far and away less likely, and it might increase the odds of getting a winner who may or may not be more similar to the ones we’ve had. (Depends on who the guys with momentum are, ultimately)

    On a personal note, there’s a much better chance now that I might vote in S10.

  • gangreen29

    Bad idea. It only takes one good programmer with a crush on some gal and the whole thing is done.

    Well maybe that could counteract all the women powervoting for some crush on a guy lol.

  • Mark
    Bad idea. It only takes one good programmer with a crush on some gal and the whole thing is done.

    Well maybe that could counteract all the women powervoting for some crush on a guy lol.

    Voting based up on single individuals with random (and perhaps inexplicable) crushes would be an awesomely fun way for the voting to play out. It’s an argument for online voting in and of itself!

  • emmuzka

    A “normal” person don’t know how to get around the one-vote-per-email-addy -system, but I would like to see them introducing a voting system that doesn’t allow computer skilled people for voting for thousands of times.

    Also, presuming that they’ll want only American voters, how will they limit that? Or do they care?

  • leome

    I have a feeling VFTW would like this.
    And as an international fan I wonder if I’d be able to have a say with online voting.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, but it’s becoming clear that they want the people who have the full-on crazies to advance further than those with broadly popular but not spectacularly deep fanbases. And that makes sense, because the ones with high numbers of crazies buy albums, so why not give that incentive?

    That may be true for the debut album, but not true for success beyond AI. The biggest successes from AI (Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry) from AI don’t have huge, rabid online fanbases (did they ever?), yet sell tons of albums, including their debuts. Idol fanbases are already top heavy in overly invested fans, and I’m not sure that the advantages of more crazies are outweighed by the disadvantages (at least in establishing Idols beyond AI).

  • Mark

    That may be true for the debut album, but not true for success beyond AI. The biggest successes from AI (Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry) from AI don’t have huge, rabid online fanbases (did they ever?), yet sell tons of albums, including their debuts. Idol fanbases are already top heavy in overly invested fans, and I’m not sure that the advantages of more crazies are outweighed by the disadvantages (at least in establishing Idols beyond AI).

    Didn’t Daughtry, at least? Neither Kelly or Carrie did, true.

    In any event, I don’t think they view them as mutually incompatible, and so they want to have those fanbases as cushions at the very least. They definitely court methods of cultivating those fanbases based on the way they distribute airtime, and I can’t imagine they’re ignorant of them, so I have to assume the show considers them at least a side benefit.

  • Elliegrll

    What?? Online voting? That is not a good idea because just like people can call in as many times as they want, they will just go online and vote as much as they want, unless they limit it to the amount of times that someone can vote.

    What’s wrong with people voting as many times as they want?

    Ugh, another way to favorize the crazy rabid fans over the casual voters.

    Every contestant will have both casual and rabid voters. That’s how its always been.

  • Tess

    Since I don’t have an ATT phone and being in a time zone that overlaps every other time zone so getting through by phone can be problamatic..I would be thrilled if I could vote online. It would give my vote the same importance of that of a texter who block votes.

    Bottom line is that the one person one vote meme is long gone and anything that can be done to even the playing field is good by me.

  • larc

    If Nigel says something you don’t like, just wait a few minutes. He’ll probably reverse himself. He said a few months back that online voting would be coming this season and then later said it wouldn’t. Now he’s flip-flopped again. I’ve learned that you can definitely depend on whatever Nigel says: it’s always either true or not. ;)

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

    YESSSSSSSS

  • koshka

    Gee I might actually vote if there is online voting. :)

  • koshka

    Lol
    I just realized that they probably have a sponsor lined up to host a site and are developing an “ap”. Everyone will be required to register *coughmarketedtocough*

  • Owlgirl

    As a casual voter, I am psyched about this. I am not just not willing to spend more than 20 minutes of my time phone voting, I’ll vote as much as I can online, though.

  • chessguy99

    They will use something similar to DWTS. You’ll have to register with a website, and have a detectable US IP address. Votes will be limited per account. DWTS allows a number of votes tied to the number of contestants left. I see online voting to be a gimmick, aimed at trying to gain some younger voters. Doubtful it will add meaningful vote amounts. As it is, phone voting is still what determines the winner. And, with the size of the voting pool, that won’t change any time soon.

  • Tony

    If someone wanted to, this could end up disastrous.

  • Grammie Kari

    Unless AI starts to limit the number of votes from each source, there will be a disconnect between votes vs. real popularity.

    I honestly believe that disconnect started in Season 8. The winner isn’t necessarily the most popular contestant.