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The Search for a Superstar Takes on a Whole New Meaning with Google Vote!!

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Starting Wednesday, another exciting element begins as viewers at home will have five ways to vote for their favorite singer, including voting via Google Search when the IDOL vote window opens at the top of the show, by searching for IDOL-related terms. For the first time ever, fans will be able to vote immediately after their favorites perform. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show. Viewers can also vote online at AmericanIdol.com; via the AMERICAN IDOL App; via text messaging; and via toll-free calling.

Last week, AMERICAN IDOL XIII revealed the Top 13 finalists, including: Ben Briley, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. After America's votes were revealed, judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. chose C.J. Harris, Jena Irene and Kristen O'Connor as wild card contestants.

AMERICAN IDOL® continues 8/7c on FOX, when the Top 13 finalists perform songs that convey the message, “This is Me.” On Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), one finalist's journey will end as America's vote is revealed. Plus, vocal powerhouse and AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 winner Candice Glover will be back on the IDOL stage to perform a medley of “Cried” and “Same Kinda Man,” from her debut album, Music Speaks. Critically acclaimed singer Jake Bugg also will perform.


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