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February 24, 2011 16:22 ET

Simon Fuller's American Idol Offers Online Voting for First Time Ever at Americanidol.com

Voting Via Toll-Free Phone Lines, AT&T Text Messaging & Online Begins After First Performance Show Tuesday, March 1, on FOX

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - For the first time ever, Simon Fuller's American Idol will allow viewers to vote for their favourite contestants online at www.americanidol.com and through Facebook. Sponsored by AT&T, online voting begins immediately after the first performance show airing Tuesday, March 1 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote via toll-free phone lines and via AT&T text-messaging. Simon Fuller, the Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol comments: 

"We have been wanting to do online voting for several years and now Facebook have offered us a secure solution we are ready to go. 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."

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 AMERICAN IDOL voting 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.

Discussing the new integrated American Idol voting system with Hollywood's breaking news magazine, Deadline, Simon Fuller further added:

"We want Idol to be as interactive as possible and we will embrace any new ideas that help to further engage our audience."

Emmy Award-winning American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, Big Red 2 Entertainment. American Idol has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past seven consecutive seasons and currently ranks as the No. 1 television show of the 2010-11 season. On FOX in the US, American Idol can be seen on ITV2 in the UK.

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