Poll: 'Idol' Fans Will Watch, Vote
Although hardly unexpected, Fox and "American Idol" producers can expect strong ratings and vote tallies for this week's two-part "American Idol" finale, according to a Billboard.com poll.Although hardly unexpected, Fox and "American Idol" producers can expect strong ratings and vote tallies for this week's two-part "American Idol" finale, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 4,484 voters, 90% say they plan to watch the performance broadcast tonight (May 24) and tomorrow's results show that will crown the series' fourth winner.
Breaking those responses down, 34% say they'll vote as many times as possible for either Bo Bice or Carrie Underwood, while 16% say they'll vote a few times and 15% will vote once.
Twenty-five percent plan to watch the show but not vote, while 10% claim they will not watch the finale.
Fans who do plan to vote will have ample opportunity after tonight's one-hour show, as producers will assign three toll-free phone lines to each contestant, in addition to the Cingular Wireless text-in voting option. Additionally, the voting window will be expanded to four hours from the usual two.
Along with the drawn-out drama of tomorrow's two-hour final live results broadcast, which will take place at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, there will be plenty of performances from this season's cast and past contestants. In addition, country group Rascal Flatts will perform its recent No. 1 Billboard Hot Country Songs single "Bless the Broken Road" with Underwood.
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