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American Idol will offer online voting for the first time, Fox announced Thursday.

Online voting begins immediately after the first performance show on Tuesday at AmericanIdol.com. Fans will be required to log in through their Facebook accounts to access the voting page and can cast up to 50 online votes for that evening's performances.

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"We have been wanting to do online voting for several years, and now Facebook has offered us a secure solution and we are ready to go," creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said. "The show has always involved a high level of engagement with its viewers through texting and phone voting, and it's great to expand on this tradition."Fans will still be able to vote via telephone and text messages.The X Factor to allow Facebook votingThe news comes a day after The Hollywood Reporter

said Simon Cowell's X Factor was in negotiations to include Facebook voting on the upcoming Fox show.What do you think of the news? Will you vote online?