Fox’s "American Idol" will begin employing a new fan voting system this season, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer, told the publication, “We are going to introduce online voting.”
In past seasons, "Idol" has come under fire for limiting the voting procedures to calling, originally, and more recently, texting. Those methods will continue, but the option of going online to log a vote will be added to the mix.
Producers are apparently hoping that with more options to vote there will be less controversy and fewer claims of stuffing the ballot box. The move follows issues last season, when Lee DeWyze won the competition over judges’ favorite Crystal Bowersox.