American Idol on ABC

Real-Time Voting With Live On-Air Results via Online Custom Vote, Native App Vote and SMS Vote.

American Idol logo with voting app showing ten contestants and zoomed in on one contestant


Telescope has powered American Idol voting platforms since its launch in 2002, introducing industry-firsts in audience participation, and breaking Guinness World Records along the way. We have partnered with the brand on countless innovations and continued the relationship when the show found its new home at ABC.  Our latest was a first-ever live broadcast and simultaneous vote across all U.S. time zones which culminated in real-time results revealed on-air.

For Season 16, Telescope also created an interactive mobile experience for ABC that let users explore, discover, and play-along with the show.

 American Idol online voting
 American Idol judges
 American Idol SMS vote


During the live show, fans voted on the Telescope-powered native app , ABC’s website and our SMS (text messaging) platform. Votes were collected in real time, with verified results delivered during the live television broadcast to announce winners.

American Idol SMS vote CTA and Facebook social post


Online:  Voters could cast their votes via the app or on the ABC website, with options to share on social media

SMS: Voters texted specific keywords to the short code

Native app experience: Fans downloaded the app for the latest Idol news videos and interactive  experiences including:

  • uPic: Photo uploader allowed fans to“Idolize” themselves with filters and stickers with option to share on social media

  • Fan Feed: Social Fan Feed brought enter Twitter conversation surrounding Idol to a single location.

  • Multi-poll: Interactive polling experience for fans to offer their opinions, andwer trivia questions and read fun facts about the show