"Like" American Idol
American Idol is a powerhouse of a reality-contest-television show. With Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining Randy Jackson on the judges' panel, this year's installment of the house that Simon Cowell built seems to be doing ok. The talent level is incredible this year and the show's popularity seems to have withstood the defection of Cowell.
One way the show might help itself, at least in the voting area, is through Facebook.
According to Entertainment Weekly, viewers and fans will be allowed to cast their ballots up to 50 times, as long as they vote during that broadcast’s designated voting period.
This method of voting, of course, won’t replace telephone or text message voting. What it does do, is create an easier way for show fans to vote in a place they are spending time anyway — Facebook.
This is the second attempt at an AI Facebook voting integration. Last year, the show used a service that allowed folks to vote via a Facebook page that "dialed in" votes, called Ribbit. The page is no longer in use, and as Mashable pointed out, site visitors seemed to have the pulse of the show with various predictions.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Facebook voting will start on next Tuesday’s (March 1) American Idol.