Multi-Channel Voting with Facebook Visualization
A new feature gave fans a chance to achieve their 15 seconds of fame by sharing the same screen as their “Idol” favorites. As a first in social TV, select voters’ Facebook profile avatars were displayed on-screen during the live broadcast.
Voting windows opened after the show and fans were able to cast their votes across multiple voting channels:
Toll-free : Voters called the phone number for their favorites
SMS : Users could text a keyword to the short code and received a confirmation text
Google Search: Users Googled “American Idol Vote" to access the voting app where they submitted their votes
Votes were received in real-time, aggregated, and verified. Final voting results were revealed in a subsequent broadcast.
During online vote submission via Facebook login, American Idol fans provided permission for their avatar to appear on-air during a live broadcast.
Toll-free: Voters called into the toll-free phone line to vote for their favorites
SMS: Voters texted in using the promoted keywords and short codes
Online : Voters submitted their votes via the FOX Now app, FOX website, or using Google search
On-Air Integration: Select avatars of FB voters were displayed on-screen during the live broadcast
American Idol Season 13 broke records with over 71 million votes cast in the first performance show! As the voting continued, Facebook became the most popular method for voting using the SuperVote mechanic, fueled in part by the opportunity of seeing their picture on-air supporting their favorite Idol. For Season 13, we hit the milestone of our 6 billionth vote for American Idol across the series, thanks in part to this activation.
Best TV Show Specific
Best Social TV Integration
Best Data visualization - American Idol Facebook Visualization
2004 Largest TV Telephone vote (American Idol 3 Finale) 65,491,313
2007 Largest TV Telephone vote (American Idol 6 Finale) 74,030,147
2008 Largest TV Telephone vote (American Idol 7 Finale) 97,327,265
2009 Largest TV Telephone vote (American Idol 8 Finale) 98,816,494
2011 Largest TV Telephone vote (American Idol 10 Finale) 122,391,067
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