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Today, American Idol announced a new voting technique called SuperVote that will help America cast 50 votes at a time.

Fox and American Idol introduced the new feature in a press release today. The new technique, presented by AT&T, will give fans the option to cast up to 50 votes across multiple voting platforms:

Viewers will be able to SuperVote – cast multiple votes at one time – via any of these AT&T AMERICAN IDOL VOTE destinations: americanidol.com, the AMERICAN IDOL mobile app (data and message rates may apply) and Facebook. To SuperVote, fans can allocate any number of votes for one contestant or multiple contestants, for a total of 50 votes (across all online voting destinations), and in a unique interactive experience, they can adjust their vote selections as performances happen during the show. When the voting window officially opens, fans can submit their final votes – all at once. [Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.]

The new voting system could greatly sway which contestants stay and which contestants go this season on American Idol. We can’t help but wonder how this new voting system would have helped former contestants like Sanjaya, William Hung and others who were hugely popular but didn’t have the number of votes to continue on in the competition.

What do you think about the new SuperVote system? Does this sound like a technique of voting that you would consider trying out this season on American Idol?

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.john.sass Michael Sass

    Uh, I don’t think it would’ve helped William Hung at all, since he didn’t make it past the first round of auditions for the judges. I hope it wouldn’t help contestants like Sanjaya, who are terrible and who should never have been in the competition in the first place. Unfortunately, it just might.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      HAHAHA I know, I was just teasing :P

  • http://twitter.com/Michael__Norris Michael Norris

    I actually think it’s more likely to help contestants like Elyse last season; the people with talent, who were respected, but didn’t really have the adamant fans. People who have other favorites can still vote for them, but toss a few votes in the way of the Elyse-esque contestant more easily.

    • PotterFan1029

      I wonder how it would have helped Haley Reinhart :(

  • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

    Why not just limit one vote per person and have 50-times less votes to count?

    • http://twitter.com/w_lowry Will Lowry

      Because then it gives Seacrest the opporunity to make the voting number seem even more impressive than it is i.e. “Over 500 MILLION votes were submitted last night!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    Well there goes democracy. . .

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Dear God who the hell cares about this show anymore?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    So… can you vote 50 times multiple times? If so, they’re just boosting their voting numbers by 50x. There won’t really be an effect on who stays and who goes.

  • Jack

    I don’t think Sanjaya had fans. He was actually voted through by a “Vote for the Worst” campaign that was trying to get Idol cancelled.

  • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

    *cackles at photo of Sanjaya*

  • PotterFan1029

    I don’t see how this could be good for the show…I think it will only skew the votes more and more towards the guys that are targets for the preteen girls to vote for…sigh..

  • Sue

    William Hung was not a contestant.

  • Laura Salini

    Eijah is great voice he is saved

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