American Idol 2019: How to Vote on Season 17 Live Finale – UPDATED!


American Idol 2019 voting UPDATE: Here’s the updated voting FAQ with information about HOW to vote during Sunday’s (May 19) LIVE 3 hour finale.

Just like last season, one of the Top 3–Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg will be going home during the middle of the show. Fans can keep voting for the Top 2 through the LAST commercial break. At the very end of the broadcast, a winner will be crowned.

All the details on how to vote are below. For even more information and how to download the phone app, check out the voting FAQ.

When Can I Vote?

UPDATED: This season, for the first time, the winner of American Idol will be determined in a vote DURING THE LIVE 3-HOUR SEASON FINALE! Be sure to get those votes in early because one of the Top 3 will be going home during the show, based on the results up to that point. Voting will stay open throughout the 3-hour nationwide simulcast and closes during the last commercial break.

So How Do I Vote?
We have three convenient ways for you to keep your favorite contestants singing. You can vote online at, in the American Idol phone app or via text*. You have to be at least 13 years old and located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands to vote on or in the American Idol app.

For text message voting, simply text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to “21523”. The number for each contestant is outlined below:

Laine Hardy: text “1” to 21523
Madison Vandenburg: text “8” to 21523
Alejandro Aranda: text “11” to 21523

*Text voting is open to all Wireless Carriers. Message & data rates may apply. SMS voting terms are available at

When exactly can I vote?

During the 3-hour finale nationwide simulcast, there will be one last vote to determine who will be crowned the next American Idol. Voting will stay open throughout the show and close during the finale’s last commercial break. However, one of the Top 3 will be eliminated part way through the show, based on the results up to that point. So be sure to get your votes in early. If your favorite goes home, don’t worry; you can still vote for the Top 2 contestants!

How Many Times Can I Vote?

Each week, you can submit up to ten (10) votes for each remaining contestant per voting method (online at, in the American Idol app, and via text voting*). For example, if you want to vote for a given contestant – you could submit: up to ten (10) votes for that contestant on, up to ten (10) votes for that contestant on the American Idol app and up to ten (10) votes for that contestant via text message, for a total of up to thirty (30) votes for that contestant across all voting methods that week.


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