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How to Vote During the American Idol 2019 Finale

By Amy Barton | May 17th, 2019

For the first time in American Idol history, America's live coast-to-coast vote will determine the winner of the iconic singing competitionwith all voting taking place during show! Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan have taken the contestants all the way from auditions across the United States of America to the Grand Finale (SUNDAY, MAY 19 8pm ET | 5pm PT) featuring Idol's Top 3 contestants: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. If you're asking, "how do I vote for the American Idol finale" you're in the right place.

Get Your Votes In!
This season, for the first time, the winner of American Idol will be determined in a vote DURING THE LIVE 3-HOUR SEASON FINALE! Be sure to get those votes in early because one of the Top 3 will be going home during the show, based on the results up to that point. Voting will stay open throughout the 3-hour nationwide simulcast and closes during the last commercial break. 

So How Do I Vote?
We have three convenient ways for you to keep your favorite contestants singing. You can vote online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the American Idol app or via text*. You have to be at least 13 years old and located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands to vote on ABC.com or in the American Idol app.

For text message voting, simply text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to "21523". The number for each contestant is outlined below:

Laine Hardy: text "1" to 21523
Madison VanDenburg: text "8" to 21523
Alejandro Aranda: text "11" to 21523

*Text voting is open to all Wireless Carriers. Message & data rates may apply. SMS voting terms are available at idolmobileterms.votenow.tv

When Exactly Can I Vote?
During the 3-hour finale, voting will open at the start of the nationwide simulcast at 8pm ET | 5pm PT and stay open throughout the show and close during the finale's last commercial break. However, one of the Top 3 will be eliminated part way through the show, based on the results up to that point. So be sure to get your votes in early. If your favorite goes home, don't worry; you can still vote for the Top 2 contestants!

How Many Times Can I Vote?
Each week, you can submit up to ten (10) votes for each remaining contestant per voting method (online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the American Idol app, and via text voting*).  For example, if you want to vote for a given contestant – you could submit: up to ten (10) votes for that contestant on ABC.com, up to ten (10) votes for that contestant on the American Idol app and up to ten (10) votes for that contestant via text message, for a total of up to thirty (30) votes for that contestant across all voting methods that week.

When voting online at AmericanIdol.com/vote or in the American Idol app, you can reallocate your votes until the voting window closes. Just be sure to hit "save" each time you make a change to your votes!

*Text voting is open to all Wireless Carriers. Message & data rates may apply. SMS voting terms are available at idolmobileterms.votenow.tv

For more information on how to vote for American Idol, visit the Vote FAQ.