How Facebook Users Can Appear On ‘American Idol’

By David Cohen 

AmericanIdolXIIILogo650Not all Facebook users get the chance to audition for “American Idol,” but some may soon see their faces on broadcasts of Fox’s long-running hit reality-competition television show.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Facebook will work with “Idol” producers FremantleMedia to provide viewers with more detailed information about voting during live performances on the show, including breaking out votes by demographic or geographic categories.

As part of the initiative, Facebook users who agree may see their profile pictures appear alongside the contestants they are supporting, according to the newspaper.

Facebook had already been working with Fox and FremantleMedia to help verify that ballots cast online and via the show’s mobile application were from actual viewers, and not automated software programs, the Times reported.

Fox Broadcasting Senior Vice President of Digital Bill Bradford told the Times the network is aiming to bring the excitement of election-night coverage to “American Idol,” adding:

What we’re doing is basically creating a visualization as part of this show, as the votes come in real-time.

And FremantleMedia Executive VP, Brand Partnerships and Franchise Management David Luner added:

At the end of the day, it’s a socialized competition. This is a chance to share all of the information, all of the content.

“American Idol” fans: Do you interact on Facebook while watching the show?