Voting begins at the end of each of the performance shows (November 5 and 12) when ALL of the contestants have performed—if you call before 10 a.m. CT on the day of the vote, you will hear a busy signal and your vote will NOT count.
At the end of the performance shows that feature voting, phone lines will be opened and voting can begin. During the valid vote windows, you will hear a prerecorded message thanking you for voting for your chosen contestant(s). Each contestant will have his or her own number read/shown on air, and the phone message will confirm for whom you have voted. After the voting window closes, no more votes will be accepted and lines will play out a busy signal.
When I called, I was told to call a "900" number—isn't The Oprah Show voting toll-free?
If you call to vote for your favorite contestant(s) and hear a message to call a "900" number, or if you hear anything other than "Thanks for voting," you have misdialed. Please try the toll-free numbers again, dialing carefully.
How do I know my vote has been counted?
Via toll-free number: Your vote will count if you vote during your valid voting window and hear the "Thanks for voting" message. If you do not hear a prerecorded message thanking you for voting, your vote did not count.
Online: After you vote, you will see the message: "Thank you for your vote. Be sure to tune in to The Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow for the results."
How do I find out the results?
Results will be revealed during the next day's show. So remember to tune in to The Oprah Show to see how your vote affected the results!
What's being done about power dialing?
The toll-free voting process is administered and monitored by an independent vote management company. The producers, in consultation with this independent vote management company, reserve the right to remove so-called "power dialing" votes that are identified as having been cast in such a significant block, either by technical enhancements or otherwise, that it could unfairly influence the outcome of the voting.
Why can't I vote by the toll-free numbers using a payphone?
Votes from payphones will be blocked. To vote for your favorite contestant(s), use a standard landline telephone or cell phone. If you use a cell phone to call, airtime and applicable roaming and long-distance charges will apply.