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Were "Idol" votes skewed?

Is it possible there is an "Idol" conspiracy?

That's what some Adam Lambert fans think about news that 2009 "Idol" winner Kris Allen may have received an unfair boost in voting during last week's "American Idol" finale. According to US Magazine, as well as The New York Times which reported the story first, it's possible that several reps from AT&T may be to blame.

The reps in question attended two Kris Allen-supporter parties in Arkansas during the voting night last Tuesday. While there, the reps may have allowed voters to use AT&T phones to cast text-message votes for Allen. But where's the conspiracy you may ask? According to the Times report, those votes may have been "power texts" which allow 10 votes to be sent at a time. That's against "Idols" rules. Also troubling- AT&T is a major sponsor of the show. Whoops!

In its defense, AT&T said the parties were organized by the community, and that "a few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested." But Adam supporters (who also refer to the high-pitched wailer as 'Glambert') are wondering why the company didn't offer free tutorials for Adam fans.

But what does this mean for the future of Kris Allen? Well, according to E! Online, the controversy hasn't seemed to hurt him. Allen's new single "No Boundaries," which he sang in the finale and was written by new judge Kara DioGuardi, landed at Number 11 on Billboard's Hot 100, while Adam's version of the same song is at Number 72.

And "Idol" itself doesn't seem to have been harmed by the controversy. In a testament to the show's massive influence, if you add up all the past "Idol" contestants on the Billboard Hot 100 chart right now, plus the other Allen and Lambert hits from this season, there are 18 songs belonging to "Idol" veterans. This includes Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks and Kellie Pickler.

With all this success, maybe Simon Cowell will decide to stick around a little longer. -Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on May 29, 2009 12:58 AM
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