For nine seasons, American Idol fans could only vote on the phone, either by calling or texting a number. That’s about to change because online voting begins after the competition on Tuesday, March 1st.
- Facebook Only. Online participation will be limited to viewers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have a Facebook account, which can access the site’s American Idol voting page.
- 50 Votes Per Fan. Each fan will be able to cast a total of 50 online votes following the evening performance.
- Phones Still Work. Toll-free phone and AT&T text-message voting, at standard rates, will continue.
- Twitter to Come. Producers have been trying to include more behind-the-scenes features, and online interaction with fans. Look for Twitter feeds from inside the Idol house in the Hollywood Hills.
American Idol has revealed the Top 24.
- Naima Adedapo. The mother of two has worked as a janitor in Milwaukee.
- Lauren Alaina. The frontrunner made it through with “Unchained Melody.”
- Kendra Chantelle. Her “Blackbird” duet with Paul McDonald was enough to keep her around.
- Ashthon Jones sang Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” in her solo round.
- Thia Megia. We first met her on the show America’s Got Talent.
- Haley Reinhart. She puts a Christina Aguilera spin on everything, and forgot her lyrics in Hollywood.
- Karen Rodriguez did a Selena song that touched Jennifer Lopez.
- Pia Toscano made it through with Alicia Keys‘ “Doesn’t Mean Anything.”
- Lauren Turner made it through with Etta James‘ “Steal Away.”
- Tatynisa Wilson, and her big hair, got in with a final performance of Toni Braxton‘s “Un-Break My Heart.”
- Rachel Zevita is Ryan Seacrest‘s favorite. She’s been auditioning since the sixth season.
- Julie Zorrilla. The Columbian singer has impressed J-Lo with her voice, and her shoes.
- Casey Abrams, the man with the upright bass, got in with “Why Don’t You Do Right,” best known from the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Jovany Barreto showed his abs in his first audition.
- Jordan Dorsey got in with John Legend‘s “So High.”
- James Durbin impressed with Sam Cooke‘s “A Change is Gonna Come.”
- Clint Jun Gamboa has shown himself to be a bit of a bully.
- Stefano Langone did an original song for his final performance.
- Brett Loewenstern. Randy Jackson said Brett’s performance of “God Bless the Child” was the best in the history of the show.
- Scotty McCreery. The cowboy made it through with Josh Turner‘s “Long Black Train.”
- Paul McDonald. He’s the lead singer of Nashville band the Grand Magnolias.
- Robbie Rosen. The 17-year old made it through with Elton John‘s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.”