Here's How to Vote for Your Favorite Contestant on 'American Idol'

Whether you're doing it online, through text, or on the app!

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  • This season's American Idol voting officially opens on Sunday, April 14.
  • Fans can vote for their favorite contestants online, on the app, or via text.
  • Viewers can cast up to 10 votes per AI voting method each week.

    Calling all American Idol fans: The best part of the show, a.k.a. when you get to have a say in which contestant wins this season, has finally arrived. Here's everything you need to know about casting votes for your favorite American Idol contestants.

    When to Vote During American Idol

    The first round of public voting begins on Sunday, April 14, when fans will help choose which 10 contestants move on to the live shows the following week. This round of voting opens when the show begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, and closes the following day, Monday, April 15, at 9 a.m. ET.

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    During the live shows, however, voting will be a little different: On each Sunday from April 21 to May 12, voting will open at the start of the show at 8 p.m. ET and will close during the show's final commercial break. Then, when the finale airs on May 20, there will be one last round of votes to determine the show's winner.

    How to Vote for Your American Idol Favorites

    Each week when voting opens, fans will have the ability to vote in three different ways: , in the , or via text. But you don't have to limit yourself to just one — fans have the option to cast up to 10 votes via any given voting method, which means you'll get a total of up to 30 votes each week. Just be sure to note that you need to be at least 13 years old, in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, and logged in to an ABC.com account to be able to vote online or in the app.

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    All of the American Idol Voting Text Codes

    If your preferred voting method is text (or if you're just trying to vote every. last. way. that you can), you'll need to message your favorite contestant's designated code to the number 21523. The remaining contestants' text codes are as follows:

    • Laine Hardy: 1
    • Evelyn Cormier: 2
    • Alyssa Raghu: 3
    • Eddie Island: 4
    • Riley Thompson: 5
    • Wade Cota: 6
    • Dimitrius Graham: 7
    • Madison Vandenburg: 8
    • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon: 9
    • Uché: 10
    • Alejandro Ananda: 11
    • Ashley Hess: 12
    • Laci Kaye Booth: 13
    • Walker Burroughs: 14

      Just don't forget that message and data rates may apply!

      Everything Else Voters Need to Know

      If you change your mind about who you think deserves your vote mid-show, have no fear: As long as the voting window is still open, you can switch any votes you've cast online or in the app. (Unfortunately, this kind of reallocation isn't possible with any votes cast via text.)

      And if you have any other questions about the voting system? .

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