Skip to main content

Uh Oh! Did Kris Get By With a Little Help From AT&T Friends?

According to The New York Times, the voting that powered our newest American Idol, Kris Allen, to the top may have been woefully askew. Apparently, two Allen parties held on the night of the finals had a few AT&T employees in attendance. In case you forgot, AT&T is one of AI's biggest sponsors. Instead of BYOB, it was Bring Your Own Demo Phones that allow a voter to text exponentially! This "power texting" allowed for 10 votes being cast with just the touch of a button! It seems that the same was not done for Adam Lambert.

Fox has yet to comment, but I found this little statement by AT&T to be quite interesting: "In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community. A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested."

Hmmm . . . something stinks in Arkansas.

What do you all think of this Idol scandal? Now that I'm finally getting content (and even slightly happy with Adam's second place finish), they spring this on me. Ay-yi-yi! Will it ever end? And will we be seeing Kris' "O" face for the fourteenth-millionth time when he is dethroned? Nah, that will never happen. But it should be quite interesting to see what transpires next.


  1. spooches5/27/2009

    I'm sure that didn't even make much of a dent in the results if any. I have heard that the margin of votes between Kris & Adam wasn't even close. Time to move on. Kris is the American Idol.

    May 27, 2009
    04:01 PM PST

  2. hotspgs5/27/2009

    I am from Arkansas. This helps answer
    the question "How was it possible for
    a state with less than 2 million
    people to cast 38 million votes!!!!????
    I have said from the very night it happened...Kris did not win American
    Idol Arkansas STOLE it from Adam!!!!
    Right is right and wrong is wrong.
    I am not sure what AI will do or if
    they will even acknowledge this, but
    they should!!! How many votes did
    Adam lose by??

  3. featherhen5/27/2009

    I dont think this stuff should be swept under the rug and say that it was insignificant. Between ATT and Krisallenations encouraging Kris Allen fans to download computer software so they can super vote, we now have a mediocre American Idol who probably does not represent the winner of the Idol public. Why should we invest so much time next year in this show and then have to sit back and watch some special interest group take control of the vote and shove a bland idol down our throats. The only good thing I can think of comning out of a mess like this is to have discovered great talent like Adam Lampert and Allison. The true American Idol competiton is about to begin.

    May 27, 2009
    06:24 PM PST

  4. ayleah5/27/2009

    SPOOCHES pushed my buttons -
    40 million less viewers than last year
    last year about 64 million votes
    with 40 million less viewers
    this year 100 million votes
    of those 100 million total
    38 million came from Arkansas
    a state w only 2.8 mill aduts/kids
    and spooches says vote wasn't close Kris beat Adam.
    Arkansas and AT & T IN MY OPINION ONLY
    Adam is not complaining,not blaming and Adam is supporting Kris Allen, his friend.
    Therefore, so do I and I genuinely think he is very talented.
    Both will be successful and that is good
    Congratulations to both our champions who both have millions of fans who love them. No wonder they like each other, must be nice guys.

    May 27, 2009
    08:04 PM PST

  5. rockmusic5/28/2009

    I just dont know what to think! I do know that Idol will never mean the same to me. At first when I heard this story I thought everyone was just being sore loosers. Now Im hearing more and more convincing details of this sad sad fraudulant voting scam.
    I really love American Idol and hope this is investigated because this would be the begining of the end of a great show.

    May 28, 2009
    03:54 PM PST

  6. babalou5/28/2009

    It was never about fairness. The talented kids with their back stories, the judges' antics, the false drama--all of it designed to increase advertisers' profits by driving up the ratings. At the end of Season 8, when it looked like AI's image (meaning next season's ratings) might suffer, AT&T paid a visit to Arkansas. Kris might have won without AT&T's meddling (those Gokey votes had to go somewhere), but we'll probably never know. What I'll choose to remember about Season 8 is Adam Lambert--his dazzling talent and beauty, the joy he brought us every week and how special it felt to be a part of that.

    May 27, 2009
    09:00 PM PST

  7. rockmusic5/28/2009

    p.s. welcome back!

    May 28, 2009
    03:55 PM PST


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

American Idol Results: Adam Lambert PERFORMS!!! Oh yeah, and There Was a Double Elimination.

Okay, guys, here we go with the Idol results.  Am I the only one who is sick of these results show intro package fake-outs?  You know, wherein they try and make us believe like there were Holyfield vocal TKOs last night?  (Cut to a judge exclamatory:  "Yo, those vocals were hot!!"  Then cut to Andrew Garcia holding a mic that looks as if it just turned gold right before our very eyes.)  Um, am I living in some crazy Harry Potter land?  Because I'm pretty sure this does not accurately reflect what went down on performance night at all.  But then again, I guess if they show what really went down, it would not pump me, the viewer, up.  Unlike those high voltage group sings ... those aren't watered down or lip sunk at all.  Oh what's that?!  Ms. Sleepy Weird-Eyed Gal Herself, Brooke White, and some dude I've never heard of are set to sing tonight?!!!  Well somebody better hold me back! 

Okay okay.  Who peed in my Fruity Pepples, right?  I am excited to see Adam …

American Idol Inspirational Song Night: Crystal Bowersox Cries. I Finally Feel Something. (Recap)

Considering I kept busy on my computer all the while Idol played out tonight on my TV screen, only giving the occasional glance up to notice that Lee Dewyze got his hairs cut, Kara got her hairs styled in a flattering manner that I can't quite put my finger on as to why they were so flattering and Simon's buzz cut looked especially unflattering ... I guess you could say it was all one big unnoticeable snooze fest until Crystal "Mamasox" Bowersox took the stage. So really, all I care about commenting on is her for now.

Wicked Mic Stands and Wet Eyes: Now I don't know if Crystal got overly wrapped up in the spirit of today's date, but someone should have told her pot paraphernalia is not allowed on the Idol stage. Oh, I keed. I keed. Crystal's extraordinary mic stand was made from an old lamp with which she always used to perform in her pre-Idol days. Could that sentimentality be what brought on her sudden outburst of tears at the end of her emotional "…

American Idol: R & B Night ... What a Difference an Usher Makes!

Well three cheers for Usher, is alls I got to say about last night's American Idol, R & B Night. If only all of them would have heeded the advice of the sunglassed one, it may have been a perfect night. But alas, Tim Urban remains unchanged, and so I'll settle for a vastly improved night instead.
Usher on Lee: Believe in Yourself. Although he may think he still belongs in the paint shop, Lee Dewyze really has a shot at winning this whole shin dig. Oh, simply the song title alone "Treat Her Like a Lady" mixed in with that gritty voice = one hot and bothered Elizabeth. You can treat me like a lady, Lee. Any ol' time. (Okay, sorry if just made anyone feel uncomfortable there.) Usher and I just ask one thing of you: Believe in yourself! Simon told you this may be the night your life changes forever, yet I still think you will come out next week with the ever present look of fear in those glistening baby blues. Not to mention, your desire to eat your guitar pick ri…