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Incorrect YouTube posts cast shadow over Boyle's defeat

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 5th 2009 2:03PM
Susan Boyle's fans think a voting glitch cost her the crown of Britain's Got Talent.In the never-ending soap opera bubbling around Susan Boyle, there are now multiple reports that an incorrect phone number issued on fan-produced YouTube promotional videos might have helped do in the Scottish singer on Britain's Got Talent.

Producers denied the whole mess Thursday, but reports say YouTube clips made by Boyle's suddenly erupting fan base showed the voting phone numbers for her rivals. If Boyle fans called those numbers, she didn't receive the votes -- creating the possibility that she fell into second place behind the dance group Diversity by user error.

So, those fans are screaming McFoul and calling for everything from an investigation to a new vote. None of the above will happen, as producers already indicated the final result will stand.

The show's producers, Talkback Thames, argue that any such error wouldn't make that much difference, as most voters watched the show directly on ITV1 where the correct phone numbers were constantly displayed. Besides, reopening the vote could lead to a torrent of law suits from all sides.

It's just more fuss around Boyle, who is already not handling success well and remains in a care facility for exhaustion.

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People called the wrong number because they got it from an unofficial source. So what.

I have never called to vote in one of these things, does the call give you some kind of indication who you voted for or no?

June 06 2009 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Unfortunately no, it usually just indicates "thank you for voting for contestant number ___" without saying their name.

June 06 2009 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like the BGT results are shaping up to be every bit as controversial as the AI results.

June 05 2009 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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