For the first time ever, Season Nine of American Idol allowed each of the Top 24 semifinalists to run his or her own Twitter and Facebook page. But on Wednesday, that all came to an end. On each singer’s Twitter account is a message, posted March 3, that reads: “Thanks so much for following me! All my updates from now on will be on our Official AI9 Twitter Page, please follow me there @AI9Contestants.” Likewise, each contestant’s Facebook account will soon be consolidated into one AI9 Contestants fan page. A spokesperson for Fox confirmed to EW that each singer’s individual account would be disappearing in the near future.
So what happened? According to a source close to the show, the switch to group accounts was made because it was impossible to disable the feature on Facebook and Twitter that showed how many “fans” or “followers” each contestant had. And in case you were wondering, Andrew Garcia was way out in front when it came to Twitter “followers.” At last count, he had 12,511 people following his tweets. Only time will tell whether that statistic means anything.