The official website for ‘American Idol’ (idolonfox.com) released the following statement:
Due to an error with the graphics shown on-screen (incorrect voting numbers were displayed) during the performance recap at the end of last night’s AMERICAN IDOL, a live, one-hour show will air tonight, Wednesday, March 23 9/8c on FOX, to enable a re-vote. This new show will combine new live elements with encores of Tuesday’s performances from the remaining 11 contestants.
Phone lines will open at the conclusion of tonight’s show and will remain open for two hours to give viewers the chance to vote for their favorite contestants and keep them in the competition. Only the voting results from tonight’s show will determine who received the lowest number of votes and will be sent home this week. Tune in to see who America has chosen to stay and who is sent home on the live results show tomorrow, Thursday, March 24 9/8c live on FOX.
Wrong Phone Numbers On ‘Idol’; Show To Rerun Wednesday
March 23, 2005 – ‘American Idol’ displayed the wrong telephone number during the recap of the contestant’s performances on Tuesday night. The telephone numbers put up for Mikalah Gordon, Anwar Robinson, and Jessica Sierra were wrong, and according to a posting at IdolForums.com, KTTV FOX 11 News in Los Angeles is indicating that the show will rerun on Wednesday with the right numbers at 9 PM, Tuesday’s telephone votes will be thrown out, and the results will instead air on Thursday.
Deborah Gibson: ‘American Idol’ Has Reached Its Peak
March 20, 2005 – Steppin’ Out magazine caught up with Deborah Gibson and asked the singer for her thoughts on ‘American Idol’. Gibson felt the show seems “like it’s kind of hit its peak”, and isn’t phased by the its blockbuster ratings. “They might be [getting big ratings],” she conceded. “But if there was ever respect for it being something new and different … (Pauses) Look, Kelly Clarkson has a career, but Ruben Studdard certainly doesn’t. Personally, I think the show was done last season. I think they’re reaching a little now. I think they’re having to go to that weird place where two out of every three contestants is about the bad performances.”