For millions of American teens who could not get to Philadelphia to meet their favorite regulars in the American Bandstand studio the next best thing was voting for them in one of the shows many dance contests. The contests were a regular feature, giving viewer's a chance to see their favorite couples and the newest dances. Tens of thousands of fans sent their ballots to American Bandstand, PO Box 5, PA. In a normal week, the show received 45,000 letters. During the contests, 150,00 ballots and letters came in, prompting Clark to joke that all the mail bags in Philadelphia were being used to carry mail to show.