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'American Idol' lets viewers vote online for the first time through Facebook

February 24, 2011 | 10:55 am

AmericanIdol After 10 seasons, "American Idol" is finally making nice with the Internet: On Thursday, Fox announced that for the first time, the show will allow viewers to vote for their favorite contestants at, as well as by text-message or phone. Each fan may cast up to 50 total online votes for that evening's performances, though everyone must have a valid Facebook account to qualify. (Voters will need to log on to Facebook in order to cast their ballots.) Online voting starts Tuesday, immediately after the first performance — too late to help poor Chris Medina. We hope Mark Zuckerberg wasn't a big fan!

— Melissa Maerz

Photo: Steven Tyler, left, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on "American Idol." Credit: Michael Becker / Fox.