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"American Idol" adds online voting for viewers

Thursday, February 24, 2011
In this undated publicity image released by Fox, American Idol judges, from left, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are shown during Hollywood Week in Los Angeles. Viewers will be able to cast votes through Facebook, along with the previous options of phone and text message, when the singing contest shifts from judges to audiences choice next Tuesday. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

In this undated publicity image released by Fox, "American Idol" judges, from left, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are shown during Hollywood Week in Los Angeles. Viewers will be able to cast votes through Facebook, along with the previous options of phone and text message, when the singing contest shifts from judges' to audience's choice next Tuesday. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker) (AP Photo)

"American Idol" is taking democracy online.

Viewers will be able to cast votes through Facebook, along with the previous options of phone and text message, when the singing contest shifts from judges' to audience's choice next Tuesday.

It's the first time Internet voting will be part of the Fox series, which is in its 10th season. Toll-free phone and AT&T text-message voting, at standard rates, will continue, the network said Thursday.

Online participation will be limited to viewers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have a Facebook account, Fox said. Each person can cast up to 50 online votes.

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