An American Idol staple — the AT&T voting numbers read by host Ryan Seacrest after every performance — are gone. AT&T, which joined the Fox singing competition in Season 2, will not return for Idol’s upcoming 13th season. Ford and Coca-Cola, who have been on the show since the start, continue to be onboard. A lot has changed since Idol launched in 2002. Phoning and texting, once the primary way of audience voting, have been pushed out by online voting, which Idol has been doing for the last couple of seasons. It is unclear whether there will be another sponsor replacing AT&T though the show does not necessarily need one.
Longtime ‘American Idol’ Sponsor AT&T Exits, Ford & Coca-Cola Back
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