‘American Idol’ Outrage: Your Vote Doesn’t Count

Broadcasting & Cable reports that ‘’ has a serious voting problem. A flawed system was found after interviews with telephone companies, data consultants, federal agencies, and fans, where tens of millions of votes are potentially lost. Evidence indicates that the only people choosing the next ‘Idol’ winner are those lucky enough, or skilled enough, to get through overtaxed phone lines. Fans have accused Fox of tampering with results, but it is a fact that technology is preventing a fair ‘Idol’ vote, with power-dialers being largely to blame. Text-messagers also have an unfair advantage, while potential hackers can cash in on their actions by betting on the outcome through online gambling sites. Read more.

Kimberly Caldwell Discusses Latest ‘Idol’ Ouster

May 13, 2004 – Kimberly Caldwell was on the Fox News Channel earlier today to discuss the shocking ouster of La Toya London last night on ‘American Idol’. Caldwell dismissed the racism factor, and while she thought Jasmine Trias was going to get the boot, she says it wasn’t her fault. FoxNews.com has since removed the video.

George Huff Phones Into Steve And DC Show

May 13, 2004 – Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist George Huff phoned into the Steve and DC show on Wednesday (May 12). They talked about why he’s always looking so happy, defying the odds making it as far as he did as a wildcard, how he loves Ray Charles, how he lost the week he was eliminated by only 300 votes, the new ‘Idol’ format beginning next week, and more. The 9-minute interview has since been removed from steveanddc.com.

‘American Idol’ Loses Relevancy

May 13, 2004 – Groovevolt.com weighed in on last night’s ‘American Idol’ which saw what many believed was the most talented of the remaining finalists, La Toya London, get voted off. They write, “American Idol has become just another outlet for teenage girls to vote for the singer who looks most like them and since blacks are a minority in this country, it’s no surprise that the black girls are biting the dust, regardless of their superior talent. In other words, whatever brief moment of relevancy the show had is now gone.”


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5 thoughts on “‘American Idol’ Outrage: Your Vote Doesn’t Count

  1. LiLGrrl3369 says:

    Must people take EVERYTHING so seriously. Whoever wins is going to have some crappy song that will go to #1 thanks to a few idiots voting for it on TRL 8,000 times each, then we’ll never hear from them again. It really doesn’t matter who it is.

  2. xxbabyxgirlxx says:

    Oh for Heaven’s sake. The voting is so rigged. The producers want Fantasia to win, they said so from day one. Now they’re eliminating ANYONE who could take it away. Who’s next, Diana? Oh and text messaging isn’t an unfair advantage since it’s the slowest form of voting and least accurate since lines are crossed and votes go to different people than you think they are.

  3. BLUEGEMINI7 says:

    I LIKED LATOYA BETTER THAN FANTASIA. LIKE SIMON SAID ONCE, FANTASIA SOUNDS LIKE A CARTOON CHARACTER. LOL. AND DIANA IS PRETTY GOOD. I BET SHE’LL WIN. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS VOTING THING BECAUSE THE RED HEAD, THE OTHER GOOFY WHITE GUY AND JASMINE STAYED FOR TOO LONG. WAIT, JASMINE STILL THERE AND SHE SUCKS!

  4. robert ruhoy says:

    A tiny print disclaimer came up on American Idol near the end of the show on 3/11/10 Thursday. I froze it on Tivo, here it is.

    “Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. The producers in consultation with an independent vote management company, reserve the right to remove so called “Power Dialing Votes” (either toll free or text) that are identified as having been cast in such a significant block, either by technical enhancements or otherwise, that it could unfairly influence the outcome of the voting”

  5. sharon says:

    I don’t believe James Durbin was really voted off. I will NEVER watch American Idol again. I was disappointed when Chris beat Adam , but no one was anywhere close to the talent of James Durbin.

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