American Idol has decided to introduce a brand new way for fans to vote for their favourite contestants, and it is called the SuperVote. In a bid to save vote-frenzy fans some time, the new voting system will allow viewers to cast up to 50 votes at a time for their choice.
According to Fox, fans can use americanidol.com, the American Idol mobile app and Facebook to allocate any number of votes for a single contestant, or multiple contestants, up to a total of 50 votes. In addition, voters can adjust their selections and vote allocations as performances happen during the show. When the voting window opens after the show, fans can then submit their final votes all at once (as opposed to individually calling, texting or arduously casting a single vote at a time online).
It will be interesting to see if this new voting system will actually change the results of the show. The original one-call-one-vote phone lines and texting will still remain in place for those who prefer to do things the old fashioned way. This new voting system will cater towards a younger and more tech-savvy generation of viewers (Idol has been trying anxiously to reverse the aging of its viewership for some time).
The new system hits the ground running tonight, when the 10 girl semifinalists – including Breanna Steer and Janelle Arthur – take the stage.