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Did AT&T Help Kris Allen Win American Idol?


As an official sponsor, you would think AT&T might avoid any conflicts of interest and just be happy that its brand gets plugged ever four minutes on the show. But that wasn’t the case: The wireless carrier provided free AT&T phones (the only cell phones that can be used to text in votes to the show) at fan-organized parties for Kris Allen so attendees could shoot off votes for the now-winner. Not only that, but AT&T representatives showed party-goers how to send “power texts” (10+ messages at once) to mass vote for Allen, despite Idol‘s own rules prohibiting block votes. Meanwhile, nothing similar was done for Adam Lambert. So could a few AT&T phones at just a couple of pro-Allen parties have swayed the end result? Not likely, since the margin between the two contestants was likely at least a few hundred thousand, if not a few million. But it’s already getting AT&T in trouble with Lambert fans, who are shouting “no fair” on all the message boards. Uh oh. Are we looking at a boycott of AT&T for being anti-gay? Quick, toss your iPhone down the gutter and let the conspiracy theories commence!

On:           May 27, 2009
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    • Enrik

      I have heard from numerous sources that AT&T did in fact send reps to Lambert’s Idol parties but that the roomfuls of gays ended up dimming the lights and putting on porn and having some grand old orgy and everyone forgot to vote. But now AT&T is so ashamed of this, they’re covering the whole thing up and denying they sent guys there in the first place.

      May 27, 2009 at 11:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • htfaul

      Ugghhhhhhhhh I wish people would stop trying to make this a gay issue. I’m gay and from Arkansas, where Kris is from, and I voted for him every week. I think he is cute and really talented and I could see myself buying his album, where as I don’t think I would ever buy Lambert’s. I really think this had little to do with sexuality, as a lot of people in AR didn’t even really believe Adam was gay. Also why are we holding him as some kind of gay idol, even though he won’t actually say he is?

      May 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kbutterum

      @htfaul: Bless you and your fierceness.

      May 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bigolpoofter

      Amen, HTFUL!

      Mary, get down off the cross, someone else needs the wood…. and I’ve got some of my own for Kris Allen!

      May 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jim

      What is this, TigerBeat?

      May 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobito

      What is this American Idol thing I keep reading about? Is it something I should care about?

      May 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Win

      Oh lets just drop it.. I am an Adam fan and was from the beginning. At least by not winning AI, he will get to do what he wants with his music.

      May 27, 2009 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell

      @Enrik: Never send a twink to do a mans job, huh?

      May 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dylan

      Remember when Katy Perry had a cape when she was singing that said ADAM LAMBERT on it?

      May 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • anyway

      Who effing cares?! As far as I’m concerned, Glambert got the better end of the deal because we don’t have to listen to him sing that awful winner’s anthem!

      Adam’s going to be fine. He already has more tracks than Kris in the iTunes top 100 — and something like three times as many Idol clips in the iTunes top 50 videos.

      Chill. Adam’s going to be a mega star — and he’ll likely get more creative freedom with his first album than if he’d been the winner.

      May 27, 2009 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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