Yahoo!’s wacky entertainment news/gossip site OMG! linked to a New York Times article about possible vote swaying by Kris Allen fans.
From the NYT piece:
Representatives of AT&T helped fans of Mr. Allen at the two Arkansas events by providing instructions on how to send 10 or more text messages at the press of a single button, known as power texts. Power texts have an exponentially greater effect on voting than do single text messages or calls to the showâ€™s toll-free phone lines. The efforts appear to run afoul of â€œAmerican Idolâ€ voting rules in two ways. The show broadcasts an on-screen statement at the end of each episode warning that blocks of votes cast using â€œtechnical enhancementsâ€ that unfairly influence the outcome of voting can be thrown out.
And the show regularly states that text voting is open only to AT&T subscribers and is subject to normal rates.
I guess we really don’t know if this impacted the result or not, since I haven’t heard by how many votes Allen beat Adam Lambert. I would imagine that because so many votes were cast, it wouldn’t have impacted the overall decision, but probably put a bit more distance between Allen and Lambert.
If there’s an update to this story, we’ll follow up.