New York – Reality TV music juggernaut "American
Idol" has announced that viewers will now be able to vote for their
favorite singers via Facebook.

The Facebook-enabled voting will take place on, with viewers able to vote up to 50 times via Facebook, aside
from existing telephone and text-message voting options. 

"We have been wanting to do online voting for several years, and
now Facebook has offered us a secure solution and we are ready to go,"
said series creator Simon Fuller.

"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."

Facebook voting is expected to launch
with the March 1 episode of "American Idol."


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(Entertainment Weekly)