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American Idol XIII Brings Fans a New Voting Experience

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Facebook and Google have partnered with American Idol XIII to launch a powerful new interactive on-air and online experience.

For the first time in television, Google is powering an online voting platform that allows fans to cast votes for their favorite American Idol XIII finalists directly from Google Search.

In addition, Facebook will support visual, on-air voting progress updates based on real-time East Coast voting data during select live shows, giving at-home American Idol XIII viewers their first-ever look at how their favorite finalists are faring in the voting polls at a given time.

Beginning with this week, fans will be able to vote via Google when the Idol vote window opens at the top of the show – and every live performance show thereafter – by searching for Idol-related terms. Any of these searches will reveal a voting platform where fans can cast their votes for their favorite performers.

After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show.

With the addition of Google, American Idol XIII now offers viewers an unprecedented five ways to vote: 1) Google Search; 2) online at AmericanIdol.com; 3) AMERICAN IDOL App; 4) text messaging; and 5) toll-free calling. All five methods of voting are managed and certified by Telescope, Inc., an independent vote management company.  

On air, American Idol XIII and Facebook are collaborating to provide a groundbreaking, real-time view of East Coast voting trends and create a two-way connection with fans during the live performance shows. The innovation will allow at-home viewers to get a first-ever look at an exciting array of voting information, such as demographic voting trends and relative contestant rankings – as it happens live!

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