Thursday, May 28, 2009


The surprise of Kris Allen winning American Idol lingers and now the successful TV show has a voting controversy to boot.

An Arkansas newspaper has reported that employees for AT&T, a major media sponsor of the show (and the network used for texting in votes), gave out free text-messaging lessons, including how to send multiple texts with the press of a single button, at two finale parties organized by fans of Allen.

To be fair, it's not known how many votes may have been cast using this method, and we are talking about two parties compared to 100 million votes being cast for the season finale. Still, it's a blow to AT&T's brand and involvement with the show and casts consumer doubt on the voting mechanics associated with Idol.

Between complaints about having a fourth judge to the uncertainty of Paula Abdul's return to the show to this, FOX and Idol producers have plenty to work on in the off-season.

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