Wednesday, April 18, 2012

No, we from the Philippines can't vote for Jessica Sanchez on American Idol 2012

Hence it is called "American Idol."




Jessica Sanchez, with her almost-elimination last week during the Top 7 results night, was ultimately saved by the judges on this season of America's top-rating show.


This led to Filipino fans' vow to keep on supporting Jessica, in the hopes of a very first Asian-American Idol crown. A Fil-Am group has urged Filipinos and Jessica's supporters in the U.S. to vote for her. Jessica is actually Mexican-Filipino-American.


Now there are posts spreading in the Web on how to vote for Jessica Sanchez from the Philippines. But clearly, in the American Idol site's FAQ section, it is stated who can only vote for their favorite Idol contestant:



(1) Toll-free Voting: Anyone calling the toll-free numbers from an area code from within the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) for American Idol.

(2) AT&T Text Voting: Any AT&T wireless subscriber who has the ability to text message and has an area code from within the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) for American Idol.

(3) Online Voting: Anyone with a Facebook account registered within the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able cast their vote(s) using the online method.


American Idol didn't even mention anything about "worldwide voting". But a "way to vote" for Jessica is through a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) device with a U.S. phone number, like magicJack. If you vote for Jessica by dialing the toll-free number that will be assigned to her, it could be counted because magicJack uses a U.S. phone number (and the Idol voting system might not know the vote came from the Philippines).


Clearly, it is cheating. The only way we can do to support Jessica is to campaign for her by urging our friends living in the U.S. to vote for her, and make them realize that American Idol needs Jessica Sanchez as its next winner.







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