Idol voting swayed for Kris Allen?

Kris AllenReports are claiming that AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of American Idol, may have influenced the outcome of this year’s competition by providing phones for free text-messaging services and lessons in casting blocks of votes at parties organized by fans of Kris Allen, the Arkansas singer who was the surprising winner of the show last week over runner up Adam Lambert.
Representatives of AT&T, whose mobile phone network is the only one that can be used to cast American Idol votes via text message, provided free text-messaging services at two parties held for Kris Allen in Arkansas after the final performance episode.
According to reports, reps for AT&T assisted Allen fans by giving them instructions on how to “power text” by sending 10 or more text messages at once using a single button, which has a greater impact than a single one.
Could this have swayed the winning votes? Even Kris Allen admitted he was shocked that he won over the favored Lambert.

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  1. tributegirl • May 27, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

    I hope it was an honest vote, that would probably be quite humiliating for Kris if he wasn’t the legitimate winner.

  2. Angel • May 27, 2009 @ 4:50 PM

    I’m tired of hearing about how the votes are riged. Every year their is conspirecy theory about how the winner actually wins ususaly it’s the vote is riged in some way. These people need to get a life. Even if it is true I’s less inclined to belive it since like I said happens every year. Even more so when the person isn’t the one everyone belived would win, didn’t win.

  3. Angel • May 27, 2009 @ 4:53 PM

    sorry didn’t need the didn’t win part. That made it confusing.

  4. Nancy • May 27, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

    But, the question is, did they not provide same for Adam Lambert’s fans? As a corporate sponsor for the show, they should not be involving themselves this way.

  5. Carol • May 27, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

    Every reality show has a winner, and everytime we hear the “what if” game after the fact…it’s the sequal to the actual show. Did George Bush really win in Florida?
    It’s done, he won…sometimes the media is really stretching for something to write about.

  6. tributegirl • May 27, 2009 @ 6:34 PM

    Actually, I don’t think Bush did really win Florida! But I’m glad he did, man, he was good for a lot of laughs!
    The media is always desperately searching for the newest “dirt” on anything and anyone.

  7. Carol • May 27, 2009 @ 7:05 PM

    You are right t.g., and they sometimes are so lame, it’s hard to believe we are even here talking about

  8. tributegirl • May 27, 2009 @ 7:11 PM

    True that! Well, there is one sad piece of news in the entertainment world today, Mike Tyson’s little four year old daughter died. I can’t stand him at all and feel very little sympathy for him, but the dear little girl….

  9. Nancy • May 27, 2009 @ 7:31 PM

    I heard that. She was accidentally strangled with a treadmill cord or something, wasn’t she?

  10. tributegirl • May 27, 2009 @ 7:56 PM

    Yeah, I think she was on life support yesterday. Her 7 year old brother found her & got their mother. My first thought was why wasn’t anyone watching her, then when I really thought about it, a four year old does often play in their room, or elsewhere without being watched every single second, as long as someone is around and checking on them frequently. What a shame, the dear little girl, and how traumatizing for her brother. I can’t imagine ever losing a child, I’d go out of my mind.

  11. Carol • May 27, 2009 @ 8:40 PM

    OMG! I never heard that. Stuff like that makes me sick to my stomach…what a terrible thing to have happen. I don’t like him either, but I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

  12. ke • May 28, 2009 @ 1:09 AM

    i loved both kris and adam. and yea it was surprising but what i don’t like is how people are saying that it was quite an ‘upset’ that he won and kris agrees. i mean, ok he repsects and admires adam as an artist and personally he should’ve won but come on, you WON american idol. own up it, accept the title because there are people who voted for you, who thought you were better than adam and he’s going around saying ‘yea, i think maybe he should’ve won’ or something like that. maybe he IS a little too humble.

    still love him though and i think the media should stop saying how adam should’ve been idol. kris deserves it too.

  13. mandee • May 28, 2009 @ 2:54 AM

    youre right ke. the media should stop making kris feel like he doesnt deserve it. i do agree that adam should have been the winner, and this article is ridiculous if its true they offered free texting parties for kris. i still think kris is a good singer, hes just not amazing like adam is. i will still probably listen to his music though. and yes tributegirl and nancy, i just heard about that today. what a terrible terrible thing to have happen. 🙁 my deepest sympathies go out to the family.

  14. Carol • May 29, 2009 @ 9:35 PM

    I heard something on the radio today about Kris (or maybe it was Adam, not sure) dissing Clay Aikin, saying “if he wants to ride on my coat tails, then let him”. It’s very Hollywood but a very uncool way to start his career. Apparently Clay said something about his talent earlier on, but so what…if you are going to be in the public eye, you have to take critism…and from my understanding, Clay was not dissing him, just discussing his music style. If there is one thing to say about Clay, he did listen to the judges and just from watching him since his time on idol, I don’t think he’d be cold and mean, but just have an opinion based on the knowledge of what he learned.

  15. jo • May 30, 2009 @ 8:10 PM

    Carol you obviously didn’t read what Clay said to Adam

  16. Carol • May 30, 2009 @ 8:17 PM

    enlighten me

  17. tributegirl • May 30, 2009 @ 9:37 PM

    Actually, Carol, I had read it somewhere (maybe on this site?), it was quite a long winded spiel from Clay, I believe on his own website, and I don’t think he specifically said Adam’s name (could be wrong about that), but yes, it was pretty dirty, he wasn’t very nice at all.

  18. Nancy • May 30, 2009 @ 10:33 PM

    I never liked Clay….every time I see him, he reminds me of a Chucky doll. He’s too “feminine” in my opinion.

  19. Jo • May 31, 2009 @ 3:12 AM

    Carol this is the exact words clay said about Adam “Adam Lambert was singing ‘Ring of Fire’ and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him.”

    now to me that sounds like a diss.

  20. Carol • May 31, 2009 @ 9:33 AM

    doesn’t sound any worse than anything Simon would say. So it may have been a bit harsh, but Clay did come a long way, and he took in everything they said to him to change his image. He is feminine, but he should’ve won. And this Dude is going to be in the public eye, he’ll need to be a bit more graceful about it.
    But if that is what Clay said, then he really should be more careful too, because he does have a good voice and if he wants to further his career (not sure where it stands right now) then he does need to be graceful as well. I only hear this stuff on the radio, so I guess I didn’t have the full story.

  21. moondog • May 31, 2009 @ 5:42 PM

    but hes not in simons position,he had no purpose to say that xcept to hurt

  22. Jo-Anne • May 31, 2009 @ 7:05 PM

    no, it wasn’t a “bit harsh” Carol, it was totally unnecessary…

    agree, Mandee re Adam

  23. Jo • May 31, 2009 @ 7:36 PM

    Simon says things like that to get ratings and I think Clay said that to get headlines his carear is going down the drain I heard that he wanted to be Adams duet partner in the finale but the producers didn’t want him so I think he thought “well I already used the gay thing so I geuss I can diss someone to get out there”

    (p.s I agree with Jo-Anne it was totally unnecessary)

  24. Jo-Anne • May 31, 2009 @ 8:23 PM

    ha ha Jo, you’re not “me”, are you???

    wait for it…any second now…it’s been known to happen that people who agree with me on here get accused of being….well, me…

  25. Nancy • May 31, 2009 @ 9:13 PM

    Senile old hag! 😉

  26. lily • June 1, 2009 @ 7:36 PM

    Jo-Anne and Jo (confusing, no?) are totally right. Adam is a million times the talent Clay ever was…oh yah and Nancy’s right too with the Chucky comment LOL! I still think Kris deserved the win but Im more of a softer rock kind of fan so I like his style better overall. Even so, I would buy Adam’s Ring of Fire cover because it was amazing so eat your heart out Clay because your HISTORY!

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