As American Idol‘s search for a Season 13 champ gets under way in earnest with tonight’s Top 13 performance episode (8/7c on Fox), the show is debuting a new voting methodology via Google Search.
“Google Voting” will pop up on the Google search page whenever fans search Idol-related terms, allowing them to place up to 50 votes with the click of a mouse — prior to the voting period ending at 10am PT on Thursdays. (Check out the sample screengrab below to see the format/layout of the Google Voting interface.)
Google Voting is one of five ways fans can stuff the ballot box — along with voting online at AmericanIdol.com; via the American Idol App; via text messaging; and via toll-free calling — for Season 13.
What’s more, with the voting window beginning right at the start of performance shows this season, Idol will also be teaming up with Facebook to present “on-air visualizations” that will show real-time East Coast voting developments — including live “demographic voting trends and relative contestant rankings” — starting with the March 5 Top 12 performance episode. Fox reports that viewers will get a taste of the Facebook elemements during the “Save Me” performance on this Thursday’s results telecast.
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