American Idol controversy over final voting

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The New York Times is reporting that AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of American Idol, might have influenced the outcome of this year’s competition which last week declared Arkansas native Kris Allen the winner.  According to the article, AT&T provided phones to Kris Allen fans at voting parties which enabled users to send free text messages.  AT&T is the only mobile phone network that can be used to cast American Idol votes via text message.  No such service was provided to fans of Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.

The article goes on further to state that in addition to providing free phones, representatives of AT&T helped fans of Kris at the two Arkansas voting parties by providing instructions on how to send 10 or more text messages at the press of a single button, known as power texts. Power texts have a much greater effect on voting than do single text messages or calls to the show’s toll-free phone lines.

In my opinion this is a definite violation of American Idol rules. The show broadcasts an on-screen statement at the end of each episode warning that blocks of votes cast using “technical enhancements” that unfairly influence the outcome of voting can be thrown out. I wonder if they are going to do a recount? What is your opinion? Should America get to re-vote because of AT&T’s giving Kris an apparent edge in voting?  No wonder America was shocked that he upset Adam.  It makes you wonder.  Surely this isn’t the last we will hear about this issue.

Stay tuned,

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4 Responses to “American Idol controversy over final voting”


  1. 1 Diaries of a Domestic Goddess May 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Wow. I have to say I was totally shocked, but I can’t believe the shows sponsor would do that and think it was OK. You know? I mean AT&T is a big company…surely they are smarter than that. But then again, maybe not.

    As for re-voting…I doubt they will do that. I don’t know.

    I feel bad for Kris Allen. He is such a nice guy (or so it seems). Now, because of this, his first cd is going to have a bad taste for a lot of people and it’s not even his fault.

  2. 2 kathy May 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    i really believe there should be a recount.adam is by far the most talented singer i have ever seen on idol, and i find the actons of at&t reprehinsible

  3. 3 Leah May 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    If anybody thinks that the 2.8 million people in little ole Arkansas could somehow sway the vote when Adam’s hometown has over 3 million people alone, they are crazy! The city of Conway itself is miniscule compared to the rest of the voting public. The liberal media just can’t believe that the average American wanted to see Kris as the young man to ‘idolize’ much more than Adam.

  4. 4 Karen June 2, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Blah, blah, blah about Adam! Kris won…Christy…get over it! :):)


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