'American Idol' officially adds online voting option - but only for Facebook users

nigel-lythgoe-american-idol-emmys.jpgRumors have been swirling that "American Idol" (and "The X Factor," because anything you can do, I can do better) will be adding online voting for Season 10. It is now official - FOX says the online voting is coming starting next Tuesday (March 1).

To vote online during the voting window, fans should visit americanidol.com and follow the directions. Fans will be required to log in using their Facebook account to access the voting page. To vote, fans will simply choose their favorite contestant, complete the security verification and submit their choice. 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," says executive producer and creator Simon Fuller. "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."

But if you are not a Facebook user, you can still vote via the toll-free phone lines and (if you are an AT&T wireless customer) via text message. AT&T customers can text unlimited votes during the voting window.

"Idol" has already started revealing the Top 24, with the remaining contestants who made the semi-finals to be revealed Thursday night (Feb. 24). The 12 male semifinalists take the stage for the first time Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and the 12 female semifinalists take the stage the following night. The finalists will be announced Thursday, March 3.
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