Back in 2002, “‘American Idol” offered up just one option to vote: calls.
At some point, “Idol”’ added texting as an option.
This year? Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told me that online voting is going to be added this season. Though a publicist later told me it was not a done deal, Lythgoe’s exact quote to me was affirmative: “We are going to introduce online voting.”
He was unsure about the details and whether there’d be any limits on the voting online. He did say that there are no plans to limit texts or voice calls. I videotaped the interview, which was rather brief. I’ll post it later.
He’s in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre today to judge an early round of season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” which Lythgoe said will blend elements of last year’s all-star additions while returning to 20 finalists from the 11 last summer.
I just watched 12 dancers,most of whom are not from Atlanta. It was an impressive stretch of dancers (from Florida, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan and South Carolina). Eight of them got direct tickets from Nigel to Las Vegas and one was sent to choreography, which is for people the judges are on the fence about. I cant name names but there are two guys who did a great choreographed hip-hop dance with humor and skill. How will they do in traditional couples dance? We’ll find out in Vegas airing this summer.
Mary Murphy has returned after a year off and is recovering from thyroid cancer. She can’t scream the way she used to, a relief certainly for Nigel.
Here’s my brief interview: