‘Idol’ Implements Change in Voting Procedure After Flap Over Last Season’s Finale

Feb 22, 2011  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. You and Nigel sure have things WRONG. Lee DeWyze was the winner, rightly so as he worked hard and was the BEST. Crystal was good BUT she could not take a cover song and make it her own, Lee could and if you go back and listen to all of his performances, you will see why he won. Lee has a unique voice, (Chrystal is a throw back to Joan Baez). And, contrary to rumor that only cougars and teens voted for Lee. . . I am a 74 year old senior who loves his voice.


  3. I agree with the senior however, if some of the other singers had not been careless with their performances or, if Crystal had maintain some integrity, the outcome would have not been so controversial.

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