Get ready, West Coast American Idol lovers! Your favorite TV program just got a whole lot more exciting! For the first time in Idol history, viewers all across the country will be able to watch the beloved singing competition live at the same time!

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey explained why it was time to make the revolutionary change. "As we head into the next phase of the American Idol competition, it only makes sense to let every viewer from coast to coast experience the magic of live television and have the ability to vote for America’s next superstar," he said.

So, now that the announcement has officially been made, here's everything American Idol diehards need to know.


How will American Idol voting take place?

There are three different options available for viewers to vote — via the American Idol app, via text, or on the American Idol website. For text message voting, simply text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to "21523". The number for each contestant is outlined below, as per ABC:

Each viewer is allowed to submit up to 10 votes, per submission method. Meaning, you can submit 10 votes via text, the app, and website for a total of 30 votes.

Does it cost to vote for American Idol?

Voting for the next American Idol is completely free online and via the app. However, if you decide to vote via text, standard rates apply.

What time will American Idol be simulcast?

Beginning on April 29, the simulcast will take place for three weeks. Episodes will run 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. PT. The results will be revealed at the end of each show — in real time!

Tune in to American Idol tonight at 8 p.m. ET to see who will make the top 10.