American Idol to allow online voting

HOLLYWOOD, CA (FOX19) - For the first time ever, American Idol will allow viewers to vote for their favorite contestants online at

Online voting begins immediately after the first performance show airing Tuesday, March 1 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on FOX19.

In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote via toll-free phone lines, as well as unlimited text-message votes for AT&T wireless customers during the voting window (standard text-messaging rates may apply).

To vote online during the voting window, fans should visit and follow the directions. Fans will be required to log in using their Facebook account to access the American Idol page, which will feature the name and photo of each of the current contestants. To vote, fans will simply choose their favorite contestant, complete the security verification and submit their choice.

After each performance show and during the online voting window, fans may cast up to 50 total online votes for that evening's performances. 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.

"We have been wanting to do online voting for several years, and now Facebook has offered us a secure solution and we are ready to go," said Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer, AMERICAN IDOL. "The show has always involved a high level of engagement with its viewers through texting and phone voting, and it's great to expand on this tradition."

In addition to online voting, fans will also have the opportunity to vote via toll-free phone lines and – if you're an AT&T wireless customer – via text message.

The 12 male semifinalists take the stage for the first time Tuesday, March 1 and the 12 female semifinalists sing their hearts out for America and the judges on the following night Wednesday, March 2. This season's finalists are announced Thursday, March 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. on FOX19.

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