Broadcasting & Cable reports that ‘American Idol’ 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.”