American Idol: How You Can Send a Season 14 Hopeful to Hollywood

You may never have Jenny From the Block’s booty or bankroll, but you can now experience some of her power. Thanks to a new American Idol initiative, fans will be able to vote a contestant through to Hollywood Week via online poll.

Season 14’s “America’s Choice” will pit four hopefuls against one another for a chance at a coveted Golden Ticket.

Audition videos from Emily Clarie Shlesinger, Kay Leon, Raven Symone Basden and Tyler Clark can be found at — with voting open until 11:59pm PT on Tuesday, Oct. 21. In addition to the poll on the American Idol site, viewers can also cast ballots using hashtags on Facebook and Twitter.

Fans may vote for a maximum of one video per day per platform per account ID during the voting period.

Who’s getting your Golden Ticket to Hollywood? And should the erstwhile star of That’s So Raven be concerned about the exclusivity of her moniker? Sound off below!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. DL says:

    I’d much rather see something like this implemented for later rounds, from Hollywood Week through to the Top 24. Getting put through just to Hollywood Week means very little, in my opinion.

  2. Brandon says:

    Really hoping Raven Symone makes it through. Been missing her on my TV since That’s So Raven ended. (Lolz)

  3. Dillon says:

    Ummm thats not Raven from that’s so raven. Click the link.

  4. Larc says:

    Maybe voters could do a better job of selecting all the semi-finalists than the judges – or more likely the producers – have for at least the past couple of seasons. They clearly kept some dregs while passing over contestants who were far better. Idol should concentrate on picking those who are potential successful winners and nobody else, IMO.

    • DL says:

      Except that’s what they’re doing, or at least, it’s what they think they’re doing. My issue is they focus so much on the “whole package” and not whether these kids are, when it comes down to it, just damn good singers.
      In recent years I’ve seen so many Idol contestants just bomb week after week when they get to live performances. In looking for “potential successful winners” as you put it, they seem to put as much weight on the look, the style, the demographic appeal of the singers as they do on the artistry and vocal talent. Meanwhile, I think it needs to be based almost entirely on the last two qualities, if they want to avoid another season of off-key, cringe-worthy performances.

  5. Alex says:

    This move reeks of desperation.

  6. ktbanks says:

    Chances are, if they didn’t earn a ticket the old fashioned way, they’re probably not good enough to go all the way (or even past Hollywood).

  7. jalahyacinth says:

    Anyone else rather UNDERwhelmed by the 4 they put up?

  8. Amy says:

    omg. just listened to them all…the only one a “little good” was the first girl, but she was too much like the runner-up last year, and I’m so over that same sound all the girls are copying.
    The rest, not even mediocre.
    Idol looks more for a package now than singers because the business has changed in the past 7 years or so…much more big production shows that are selling vs. actual singers. And with auto-tune, and over-powering production on stage…I think they are looking for that kind of “package” to pull off those type “party” shows…being a great singer, not as important.
    Gone are the days when Idol was “picking the best singer” or finding marketable stars.
    And I wouldn’t waste my time participating on their latest gimmick, voting for these subpar people they have up on their site. That’s J-Lo & company’s job, for which they are over-paid. Unless they want to pay us to do it….
    I am seriously considering finally taking a pass on Idol this year….there must be SOMEthing else I can do during the long, cold Northeast hibernation period…like…redo my closets, take a yoga class, paint my condo, watch said paint dry…..

  9. “Raven Symone Basden”
    Raven Symone must be feeling pretty older right now, as I am.

  10. Larry says:

    Adam Lambert???? that just made me decide wether to watch this season or not…………or not one………he is just tooooo creepy

  11. Leticia Prado says:

    Bleh… would vote for none of them.

  12. Mytake says:

    I just wrote a reply to the first person and once again it didn’t go through Michael. I give up on this sites comment section :(