On-Line Tipping Adds New Dimension to Australian Idol

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TVvoting.com provides one more outlet for passionate fans in 2007 by giving them an online Australian Idol tipping game

The site differs to other ‘ladders’ or communal online forums because groups of friends have their own private competition and comments page at TVvoting.com. So colleagues, friends and family can enjoy online banter between themselves

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Australian Idol has had phenomenal success with television audiences growing each season. TVvoting.com provides one more outlet for passionate fans in 2007 by giving them an online Australian Idol tipping game, just like footy tipping. Groups of friends can gather online at http://www.tvvoting.com and compete against each other to guess which Australian Idol contestant will be eliminated each week.

The site was launched in January 2007 for American Idol and attracted over 350 players. Feedback from the TV voting’s American Idol Pool in January 2007 was fantastic.

"TV voting is terrific. My friends and I were already doing this on our own ... but TV voting made it so much easier by sending out all the reminders and standings. I also loved the comment area where we all got to put in our 2 cents. It was hilarious! This was an ingenious idea!" said Tricia from El Dorado Hills, CA.

Kristi from Windor, PA added: "We LOVED TVvoting.com! We are a family who often participates in 'fantasy' leagues -- baseball, football, etc. It was so awesome to be able to apply that to our realty television habit. We had so much fun and it totally enhanced our enjoyment of viewing the show."

TVvoting.com now brings the game to Australian fans ready for the 2007 Idol season. Network Ten confirms that 35,000 fans tried out for Australian Idol at national auditions, showing a strong fan base already.

TVvoting.com is like footy tipping sites in that it takes away the time-consuming chore of sorting results and administering the competition. The site automates everything including reminder emails to members, calculating scores, updating standings and sending out results emails to keep Australian Idol tipping fans involved.

“The site differs to other ‘ladders’ or communal online forums because groups of friends have their own private competition and comments page at TVvoting.com. So colleagues, friends and family can enjoy online banter between themselves,” according to owner Jeff Bonnes.    

TVvoting.com is the brainchild of Jeff Bonnes, an Melbourne-based Internet entrepreneur and founder of the leading babysitter and nanny introduction site http://www.findababysitter.com.au . Bonnes started TVvoting.com because his wife was involved in a similar email-based competition for Australian Idol last season. She enjoyed competing with friends, and found that the game brought out the comedian and critic in everyone.

Bonnes says, “We’ve built the game on three pillars - first the growth of social networking sites, secondly interest in online tipping games and finally the continued strength of reality TV shows.

On a personal note we also felt there was a need for a game like TVvoting.com where friends and work mates can have some fun with reality shows. Australians love to have a laugh and a wager, so TV voting gives them an easy way to do this online!”

http://www.TVvoting.com
For more information:
Jeff Bonnes
jeff @ tvvoting.com
Mobile: 0403 336 563

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