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Did AT&T Sway 'American Idol' Votes Towards Kris Allen?

May 27th, 2009 11:56am EDT
Kris AllenThe results of the latest season of "American Idol" have been put into question following news that AT&T representatives encouraged users to vote for Kris Allen at demo shows.

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Kris Allen was considered an underdog against Adam Lambert coming into "American Idol's" final show.

According to the New York Times, AT&T brought demo phones to "American Idol" parties supporting Kris Allen to show how to use new texting features. One of the features was "power texting," in which 10 or more text messages are sent with one press of a button. Since the party organizers were Kris Allen fans, the representatives used the singer as an example - sending multiple votes his way in the process.

A spokesman for AT&T explained, "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."

The New York Times was unable to get a comment from FOX about the possible scandal.

AT&T is a major sponsor of the show and the only mobile service that can send text messages votes to "American Idol." Other services must use the toll-free phone lines.

It's unclear whether or not a power texting program from AT&T would violate "American Idol's" voting rules. An explanation during the show states that "technical enhancements" creating large amounts of votes in a small period of time can be thrown out at the producer's discretion.





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Casey Johnson
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