Another season, another American Idol voting controversy

by Bob Sassone, posted May 27th 2009 12:33PM
Kris Allen and Adam Lambert
So Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert by a ton of votes last week. You knew there would be a controversy, right? This one is based around AT&T. Seems they might have pushed the results toward Allen by having their reps at parties organized by fans of Allen and teaching them how to "power text," which apparently means sending 10 or more text messages at once. The New York Times has all the details.

Is this a real controversy?
No way, Kris won fair and square402 (43.5%)
It's fixed!523 (56.5%)

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lane

Clay aikens works and stay in all his gay glory. he is just jealous as hell that adam is sexually a turn on for women and could change his mind at anytime. Who really has a dream of clay? Adam is always gonna be hot and the talent is only getting better. We will always be fans.
WHY? WHY NOT? The guy is a talent and America voted him in. We love the man. deal with it. it is like weeds. You don't ask how or why....there just R.

June 12 2009 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karen

there is no doubt in my mind american idol was rigged but on the otherside of that adam doesnt need american idol he would have made more money for them than kris will no good doing a recount because of textgate they would have to vote again and do you think it would be fair second time not likely american idol could not ever be trusted again now eveyone knows about textgate makes no difference to me weather adam is gay or not he is alot of peoples american idol anyway i have already downloaded no boundries by adam so i wont be needing to buy krises version adam will go a long way with or without idol he should be Queens frontman what a voice anything this bloke sings i will buy and to the phone company shame on you a little racist against gay people im not gay but they have as many right as the rest of the world who cares if your gay or not as long as your happy shame shame shame

May 28 2009 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jade

It seems pretty obvious to me that the K-K-Kristian comment was NOT a reference to the Ku Klux Klan. Do people seriously not understand the pun? I agree (with many) that Kris isn't as talented as some of the other contestants this season; I thought he should have gone home when Allison did. I don't begrudge him his victory, though, and I hope he makes the best of it.

May 27 2009 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

This is ridiculous! Another year people are saying the Idol winner has won unfairly! I won't be watching American Idol again next year. I don't want to watch another winner be ridiculed.

May 27 2009 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

At this point, it doesn't really matter, does it?

Winning the title has proven to have as much correlation to success (e.g. Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard, which is to say none) as not winning the title (e.g. Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson).

May 27 2009 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R-Bro

Option Three: Don't care. :)

May 27 2009 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JUDY

Omigod! Are people really thinking that people who voted for Kris belong to the KKK? Sureky you know better than that. Adam is a great performer and a good singer but most of us felt that Kris was the real musician and that there is enough room in the world for both young men. I do believe that AI should have controlled voting ie; 10 votes per phone and 5 per texting. The shows producers like saying that there were this mega amount of voters but they would avoid controversy if they controlled it like Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent. I think that the AT&T reps were just showing off a product and in no way tried to "fix" the outcome. Even Kris did not realize his true "gifts", he is hot, very sexy and that and his music won him American Idol. I love Adam, he is a very generous and nice guy and very talented. If he is gay, that is his business and the buying public does not discriminate..look at Freddy Mercury, who cared what his sexual preference was? He was a wonder of the universe.

May 27 2009 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ivy

AI will have absolutely NO CREDIBILITY until they limit votes and texts per phone!

May 27 2009 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

you forgot the poll option "Who Cares"

May 27 2009 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butters

So they still make American Idol? How cute.

May 27 2009 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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