American Idol Hits Voting Controversy
It's claimed Kris Allen won unfairly…
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 17:34
American Idol has hit controversy over claims of unfair voting procedures.
A report in the New York Times says Kris Allen received extra votes through sponsor AT&T.
The telecoms company handed out phones for free text messaging at events organised by fans of Allen but not at parties in honour of his rival Adam Lambert.
A statement from the company said: “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.”
One report claimed that AT&T even taught fans how to send 10 texts by pressing a single button.
Adam Lambert was the favourite through much of the competition but Kris Allen won on the final night last week.
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