“American Idol” Facebook voting could change the competition this season. This 2011 “American Idol” Facebook voting will begin on Tuesday, March 1, and will allow all fans of the show to vote online. It’s an innovative change to the show that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has brought to “Idol,” and it could certainly increase the number of votes the show brings in. Rather than just using their phones to make millions of votes, it just got easier to submit a vote for your favorite contestant on the show.
According to CNN, voters will be able to simply login to their Facebook profiles, head over to the designated voting page on the “American Idol” website, and place their votes each night that voting is open. It’s definitely an interesting concept, and one that could yield quite different results than the show is used to seeing.
It seems like it would now be possible for someone to vote under two different accounts that they have set up on Facebook, and it would only make sense for the show to set up newer methods to catch those trying to get around that type of submission. It’s also possible that “Idol” doesn’t care, and simply wants more interest in the show.
It seems that each voter will have the chance to place 50 votes using their Facebook account, and they will just have to take the time to do it during the voting window. Limiting the maximum number of votes per “fan” seems to be a smart decision, but it also seems like a lot of voting for one person to achieve during the small window. Because the voting portal hasn’t been opened up by the “American Idol” producers yet, it’s tough to predict how easy it will be to use. If it is anything like the way the NBA does All-Star voting online, there is a login required each time a fan wants to vote. This includes typing in a mixed up word in order to prove they are human.
This is going to be an extremely interesting path for “American Idol” to take in the 2011 season, and it could potentially lead to some very surprising numbers in the voting. It would not be at all surprising to hear host Ryan Seacrest announce that this week had the most votes submitted in the history of the show, especially with so many viewers trying to get to know the new 2011 “American Idol” Top 24 contestants. Voting just got much easier for the home audience, and any way this Facebook voting is viewed, it seems that “American Idol” will have an increased number of votes coming in. Now, there won’t be any busy signals to deal with either.