'Idol's' Adam Lambert Downplays Reports of Voting Irregularities

Adam Lambert, the "American Idol" runner-up, told ABC News Radio Wednesday that media reports suggesting he may have lost because "Idol" sponsor AT&T provided free text messaging services, along with lessons on casting blocks of votes to fans of the winner Kris Allen, are much ado about nothing.

Block voting or "power dialing" allows individuals to cast multiple votes at one time, either through a phone call or text message. It is prohibited under "American Idol" rules.

Many Lambert fans, known as Glamberts, think the rules were broken. Since Allen was announced as the winner last Wednesday, many have flooded online forums with messages contending vote irregularities.

VIDEO: Did AT&T sway results by offering text-message lessons to Kris Allen fans?
null

One fan is even circulating an Internet petition to get Fox Broadcasting, which produces "Idol," to release its full voting results. On last week's final, the show's host Ryan Seacreast announced that nearly 100 million votes had been cast.

Since "Idol" never releases final vote tallies for the semifinalists, it is unclear if block voting could have affected the outcome this year.

According to an official statement from Fox and the show's producers, the final result will stand.

"Fox and the producers of 'American Idol' are absolutely certain that the results of this competition are fair, accurate and verified," the statement read. Kris Allen is, without a doubt, the American Idol. We have an independent third-party monitoring procedure in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process. In no way did any individuals unfairly influence the outcome of the competition."

null

AT&T agreed that it was unlikely a few individuals affected the outcome. Spokesperson Mark Siegel told ABCNews.com in a statement: "Last week, countless parties were held in homes, bars, and other public places across America to watch the 'American Idol' finale. In Arkansas, a few local AT&T employees were invited to attend two local watch parties organized by the community. Caught up in the enthusiasm of rooting for their hometown contestant, they brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.

"Going forward, we will make sure our employees understand our sponsorship celebrates the competition, not individual contestants," the statement added. "That said, it's quite a leap to suggest that a few individuals could have impacted the final results."

Lambert supporters may still be hoping that the final result will be overturned, but the runner-up told ABC News, "I don't think that's going to happen."

MJ Santilli, who writes about "Idol" on her blog MJsBigBlog.com, doesn't think so either.

She believes that the services provided by AT&T representatives at two parties organized by fans in Conway, Ark., where Allen is from, had little impact on the final tally.

"I would categorically disagree that it swayed the competition," Santilli told ABCNews.com. "There is no proof of that.

"I think there were lots of signs that Allen was already beginning to gain momentum in the last weeks of the competition," she said. "Danny Gokey [the second runner-up] and Adam Lambert were polarizing throughout the completion. With Lambert, there were questions about his sexuality... With Gokey, there were questions about whether he was using the death of his wife for votes in an inappropriate way. I also think once Danny left, a lot of his votes went to Kris."

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...