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Idol Controversy! AT&T Cheats!!!!!!

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According to The New York Times, recently crowned champ Kris Allen may have had some help winning American Idol courtesy of corporate sponsor AT&T.

AT&T provided free phones for text messaging at two finale parties supporting Kris Allen in Arkansas. The phone company even showed guests how to "power text," which allows one to text 10 votes at the touch of a button and violates the show's rules.

No free texting services were offered to Adam Lambert supporters which has caused speculation that the competition was rigged!

Fox has not commented on the accusations but AT&T stated, "In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community. A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested."

We don't buy it!

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199 comments to “Idol Controversy! AT&T Cheats!!!!!!”

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  1. 1

    I was suprised Adam didn't win….now I wonder why?

  2. 2

    Um Perez I love you and all your gay glory, but do you really think American Idol would have an openly gay Idol to represent america? I mean look at the pics of Adam that you just posted up….so lets just get over it! Adam is def. talented and will get his in the long run

  3. 3

    Maybe they didn't offer Adam free votes because he's gay, I'm just saying, no one can hit notes like that unless…..

    Well, you get the point.

    P.S. I think Kris and Adam might have had a 'fling'.

  4. 4

    No Adam Lambert just sucks plain and simple!

  5. 5

    Eh, get over it Perez. Neither of them will be famous in a year anyway. I think they're both going the way of Ruben or Fantasia, not Kelly or Carrie.

  6. 6

    i knew it!!!!!!!1

  7. 7

    Who really gives a flip?

  8. 8

    i dont think so!!! but then nothing is impossible!!
    i wonder if he is enjoying his win??!! the poor boy is basically being told he is crap compared to his no2, i think he should enjoy the fame while it last because the media def didnt want him to win.

  9. 9

    I knew it was weird that Adam didn't win!!

    Adam was consistent week after week and deserved to win!!

  10. 10

    Get over it. Apparently he won by tons of votes so a few of these little parties couldn't have done any damage. Glambert sucks anyways. And he needs to come out of the closet already!! What that about?? He's FLAMING (not a bad thing, but at least be proud if you are)!

  11. 11



    Adam didn't lose out on anything but a title and shitty contract that binds him to record shitty pop music for the next three years. Losing was the best thing possible for Adam. How can you not see that?


  12. 12

    now, seriously perez you need to get over this shit. don't be a sore loser. Adam Lambert lost!! now, deal with it! He doesn't need the title anyway…

  13. 13

    There are some sneaky mother fawkers in Arkanslaw. I sadly have relatives there. Yuck.

  14. 14

    Perez hates straight people. Don't ask them to support the cause of a hater.

  15. 15

    oh give it up perez- sorry your screamo gal pal didn't win- he's like listening to a screeching bird

  16. 16

    I still think Danny should have been in the finals over Kris. This was another year that I was underwhelmed. He is another example of a Reuben or Fantasia. In a few years you'll be like "Who won Idol that year"

  17. 17

    Then how do you explain that Kris has the #2 single on iTunes? I suppose Apple was giving out free downloads?

    Adam lost. It happens. People move on.

  18. 18

    you are so fucking lame. Kris won by a blowout margin. I bet if you take the Arkanas votes away(from both) Kris will still win. Idol won't release the votes because it would embaress Adam.

    This controversy is all manufactured. The 38 million was fake and a few hundred people with this technology would not add up to millions of votes. Get over it.

  19. 19

    If true, that IS pretty shitty dealings. I'm still glad Kris won, though. Meh. Actually, don't give a crap.

  20. YUCK says – reply to this


    so what, I am sick of these stupid gay consipiracies. fuck you perez, I hope one day you do get married and your husband cheats on you.

  21. 21

    Ugh, I hate it when somebody in the corporate office writes out an excuse. It sounds as thought out and phony as when a publicist says that their client went to the hospital for "Exaustion" or "Dehydration".

  22. mrblu says – reply to this


    Regardless of if this is true or not, I really wish everyone would give it a rest. The show is over with. Kris Allen won. If it was rigged, it obviously was allowed. Does it really matter in the long run?

    Kris Allen= American idol Season 8

  23. 23

    … I knew it was rigged …

  24. 24


  25. 25

    AI is fixed! This proves it!

  26. 26

    free texting wasn't offered to lambert because he's a fucking FREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. 27

    I can't believe you are stupid enough to believe 2 small parties in Arkansas decided AI. Get the gay blinders off.

  28. 28

    Give me a break. HE WON! ADAM DIDN'T! GET OVER IT!

  29. 29


  30. 30

    I don't care either way.

    Idol's been dead to me since "Hicks",

    but I agree that it wouldn't be very fair…

  31. 31

    Who cares. This whole American Idol shit is sooo last week.

  32. 32

    Adam still really won…….cause by losing he's not tied down by AI and didn't have to release that awful song!

  33. 33

    dang ! and ive always liked at&t !!
    oh well Adam is gonna have a lot more fame and success than Kris ever will…..

  34. 34

    My question is…was this an OFFICIAL AT&T wireless store or one of those Third Party Contracted stores? There's a difference. Second, out of the total number of votes cast, if Kris had not had the votes from these phones I doubt it would have made a big enough difference for him to win. That's just my opinion.

  35. ppcat says – reply to this


    It's totally possible, I personally think Adam has more talent.

  36. 36


  37. 37

    Well, at least we aren't hearing about Miss CA anymore.

  38. 38

    Boo hoo get over it!

  39. kikie says – reply to this


    some how im not surprised that they cheated, i voted for adam like 200 times

  40. lynsk says – reply to this


    Everytime the underdog wins people find some excuse to make for it happening. Kris totally deserved to win. He is they type of guy that will read this and feel terrible. He is so humble and wanted it to be a fair game. Ignore all the drama Kris. CONGRATS!

  41. 41

    Thanks, Perez.

  42. 42

    i was very shocked Adam did not win! either way Kris was also worthy so fine by me..Adam will probably get signed anyway and sell more albums..so at this point who cares!

  43. 43

    Perez, would you have posted this if Adam had won and his side was accused of cheating? I think not.

  44. 44

    hey! thats too bad if none of them wanted to help adam. there were people who wanted to help kris. & even if they give away those phones and show them how to power text, if the people are really adam's fans and not kris fans, they would not vote for kris. whatever it is, kris deserves to win. not saying that adam doesn't deserve to win. &whatever it is, good luck to both of them. they will go far in their singing careers. (:

  45. 45

    adam lamberts fans are just sore they didn't think of it first!!!!

  46. 46

    Kris's local paper reported (hours before the results were made public which is strange) that Arkansas cast 38 million votes for Kris, out of 100 mil total. That's nearly 40% of the votes for Kris to start off with. Crazy, and I'm glad this is getting reported.

  47. 47

    from a marketing point of view it makes perfect sense-admittedly,heterosexuals make up the majority of U.S. citizens-hence,the majority of consumer dollars are spent by heteros.If you "endorse or sponsor" a member of your desired demographic,then you can expect a lucrative return…besides homosexuals usually spend their discretionary income on anal bleaching

  48. jaims says – reply to this


    Who cares?? Leave this poor kid alone and let him enjoy his 15 minutes of fame!

  49. 49

    Re: Lilygirl27 – I was SO sick of hearing about Miss CA and Perez's agenda.

  50. 50

    i didn't watch a.i. this season, but after all this so-called "controversy" over stupid shit i may never watch it again. it's pointless to keep trying to find ways to make adam the winner…just let it go already.

  51. 51

    Well, ain't that the shit?

    Maybe Adam should send AT&T a bouquet of roses out of thanks because of Kris winning he doesn't have to sing Kara's crappy No Boundries for his debut disc.

  52. 52

    RECOUNT! Adam is to good of a guy to want to battle this. He would never take Kris's title away. It doesnt matter anyway, they both have what they wanted and what they were searching for. I personally think that Idol needs to make some changes ASAP about their voting system

  53. 53

    This is complete bullshit. Are people that shocked that Arkansas can produce a star? He won fair and square. He was the better preformer. Get the fuck over it its american fucking idol.

  54. 54

    Say What????

  55. 55

    I live in Arkansas, and went to the watch party. This is a load of crap. Yes, ATT was there, but seriously…they had a handful of phones. Really, the media is making a mountain out of a molehill on this one. Does it really matter who is crowned the American Idol? They will both get a record deal people. Think of it this way, Adam is from California…where famous people are a dime a dozen. There are more people in L.A. then our entire state basically. People just didnt rally around Adam like they did here. We never see stuff like this so we were excited and really rallied and VOTED, fair and square.

  56. 56

    Fox was never going to let a flaming drag queen homo win Idol. For final 3, there were 88 million votes in 2 hrs. For finales they claim it was under 100 million for 4 hours. Everyone on the East Coast got constant busy signals for Adam for most of the full 4 hours. Dial Idol said Adam had more votes on the West Coast. Idol's fine print during the credits say they have the right to throw out any votes they want. Of course, they did. So much wasn't fair, but who cares. Homophobes everywhere.

  57. 57

    I love, love Adam. But come on. Get over it already.

  58. 58

    WOW! I heard about this a few days ago. Arkansas accounted for 40% of the vote! I wonder who they voted for???? Crazy.

  59. 59

    i'm sure two parties had little influence over the 100 million votes that were counted…

  60. 60

    oh come ON people!!!!! get over it.

    Kris won, and would have regardless.

  61. 61

    Thanks for the report, Perez. This show could be good if it were authentic, but year after year, I question the credibility of the show. Keep reporting. Uncover the truth. Bust the show, finally!
    By the way, I read that 38 million votes came in from the state of Arkansas??????

  62. 62

    Meh, whatevs. It's just a TV show thingy and Adam isn't exactly a loser here.

    There ARE other things going on in this country. I feel the same way about the prop 8 thing and your whining about Obama, Perez. There are other things taking precedent. Not getting your lobby's way doesn't mean everyone's out to get you (even if some are). Your issue will resolve the right way (in your favor) eventually, it's just not on the top of the pile.

  63. 63

    So what!!! Adam really sucked anyway.

  64. 64


  65. 65

    It's over. Let's move on.

  66. 66

    Why do you have to start some rumors just because you don't agree with things? Miss California and now this! Just let it be.

    I stopped reading your garbage site. It sucks!

  67. 67

    This is what I read last week:

    38 million votes came from Arkansas - Kris's hometown who organized groups early on in the central Arkansas area located primarily at the campus of UCA a college of well over 20,000 & in Little Rock. Watch parties held in a campus stadium with mass texting. AT&T is the major phone service for the area & they partner with Idol so the residents have unlimited texting within the network as part of their plans. Resisdents were able to cast over 5000 tests. Lambert was leading on Dial Idol every week but once Allen made the Final 2, his hometown knew he had a chance of overtaking Adam & they stepped into serious action. Add that to Kris getting Gokey's votes, the teenie boppers mass voting, easy-listening casual viewers & Middle America, & there you go.

  68. 68

    Oh, and BTW, it is not some SECRET that you can text 10 times in an instant. Only idiots wouldn't know this.

  69. 69


    I'm an Adam fan & still 100% believe he deserved to win based on overall talent (damn, just compare Brigadoon to the Queen/KISS duets - the guy can sing ANYTHING), overall body of work, single-handedly shaking the show up making even Idol-haters & musical legends like Plant, Slash, Queen, Bono, KISS, take notice - & praise him, making Idol this year a real talking point, staying charismatic, sharming, sweet, sincere, honest, hilarious & genuine, giving fearless risk-taking performances every week & generally just killing it every time ETC ETC BUT I'm HAPPY for Kris FGS. People need to give him some f-n credit. Adam & Kris are SO, SO close. Check out ONTD_ai for a billion priceless ADORABLE REAL Kradam moments. As Adam said, Kris won because he is extremely talented, a great artist, has a beautiful voice, a good heart, is relatable" etc. Adam's moved on, I suggest his fans do the same. This again, is coming from an Adam fan.

  70. 70

    Leave Kris alone. He's a good guy!

  71. 71

    EDIT: 'sharming' should be 'charming'

  72. 72

    why does it even matter? theyre both going to have successful careers

  73. 73

    oh, get over it.

  74. 74

    who gives a shit. adam's going to get a recording contract even though he fucking sucks.

  75. Laury says – reply to this


    Whatever. Adam is better off without American Idol anyway. They would've tried to make him more "family-friendly".

  76. 76

    Re: MrzMary – A story about AI and it only took 15 comments for someone to bag on Arkansas (because apparently the state sucks and we're all inbred, toothless, barefoot rednecks. My words, not MrzMary's.). I'm glad one douchy singer can get our state back on the map. I do recall some guy named Bill who came from this part of the woods, but that's ages ago.
    Gee MrzMary have you ever visited the place? Funny I thought the same thing about your face. Yuck (and ick and nast). I sadly imagine you to be a hag (I mean because I've never seen you, much like you've never seen Arkansas, I am forced to imagine.).
    Anyhow I could care less about who won AI. I get a kick out of the bitching though. And to be honest I wonder where some of you geniuses get your statistics.
    GorillaFarts, out.

  77. 77

    This is all over the news now! BTW, How many AI winners has became such of losers ….many of them don't even have a record deal anymore !

  78. 78

    Perez, i'm sorry. u really r wrong. Y, oh y does adam have to talk about his sexual orientation????? You scream and cry equality yet you never expect straight people to talk about who they like to sleep with. What difference does it make????

  79. 79

    Perez, i'm sorry. u really r wrong. Y, oh y does adam have to talk about his sexual orientation????? You scream and cry equality yet you never expect straight people to talk about who they like to sleep with. What difference does it make?????

  80. 80

    Perez, i'm sorry. u really r wrong. Y, oh y does adam have to talk about his sexual orientation????? You scream and cry equality yet you never expect straight people to talk about who they like to sleep with. What difference does it make??????

  81. 81

    You know what's amazing? The amount of people who spend all this time and effort reading your site and then get pissed off at the stories you run. Get a damn life and go somewhere else if you think it's so stupid.

    p.s. Adam Lambert is lucky he didn't win. Like others have said, at least now he's not tied to a crappy label for the forseeable future!

  82. 82

    Perez, i'm sorry. u really r wrong. Y, oh y does adam have to talk about his sexual orientation????? You scream and cry equality yet you never expect straight people to talk about who they like to sleep with. What difference does it make????????

  83. 83

    idk. i'm happy with either who won.
    because the person who doesn't win is usually more famous
    as it has been for the past 2 seasons :)

  84. 84

    just get over it!!
    so what if adam didn't win, he probably got signed to someone anyway.

  85. 85

    Guys when you text in it only accepts 5 votes. So even if everyone voted 10 times the text votes only count 5 of them, so don't even start that BullSh*t.

  86. 86

    I knew it was funny that Adam didnt win. He certainly derserved to. They should strip Kris of his title and Miss California while their at it!! ADAM ROCKS!!!!!

  87. cush says – reply to this


    Give it a rest Adam will do better than Kris just like Daughtry has done far better than most of the winners. Calling out the anti-gay thing is as bad as playing the race card.

  88. Theo says – reply to this


    I think what you mean is Kris cheats!!!!!!!!!
    Adam was robbed and even Kris knew it!!!!!
    Revoke the title!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. 89

    eh. get over it.
    the show is over.

  90. 90

    Well (1) I doubt 2 parties worth of votes made a major difference, and (2) by the sound of it, "power texting" doesn't really sound different to someone texting in 10 times in a row… If Idol was really fair, it'd only let people cast one vote each for the person they wanted, but people can send in as many as they want for contestants. No rigging here!!

  91. tasha says – reply to this


    Your behind with the news perez. 39 million votes out of the 100 million came from Arkansas. In a state with only 2.8 million in total living there obviously that would be impossible without cheating. Out of that 2.8 million you can figure babies, toddlers, seniors alot didn't vote. CHEATERS!!!! I voted the whole 4 hours for Adam without cheating. It will be the last time I ever vote or maybe even watch AI. Whats the point now when you can never know now if the winner won fair and square.

  92. 92

    now you're just going to make Kris feel bad for being a great singer.

  93. 93

    WHO FUCKING CARES?! I have NEVER seen this show and would NEVER watch it. In the scheme of life, this show is much too much ado about absolutely NOTHING!

  94. 94

    Idol should have ended after Kelly Clarkson. After that there's been nothing cheap ass shit.

    And what, no 'publicly closeted homo' this time? Mario, you're losing it

  95. buck says – reply to this


    I love Chris and support him because he is openly hetrosexual ( see how silly that sounds Perez )

  96. 96

    who cares? This show sucks anyways.

  97. 97

    I'm from Arkansas and I do believe they cheated. AT&T is one of the main cell phone service providers in AR. You also have to add that people from church youth groups were having voting parties against the f*g. That is why more than 30% of the votes were from homophobic Arkansas. I'm embarassed to be from there.

  98. 98

    Re: mizirgn
    "You know what ELSE IS amazing? The amount of people who spend all this time and effort reading your site's comments and then get pissed off at the comments your stories run. Get a damn life and go somewhere else if you think it's so stupid."

    Funny how your own words can also advise you on how to deal with it… you shit head.

  99. cpe21 says – reply to this


    get over it already…adam lost. and a lot of people voted for kris.

  100. 100

    I knew kris should not have won ,as if he realy got all the danny vote I'm a danny fan and I voted for adam. but it dosent matter if adam won because he is going to get a record contract not have to sing that stupid song and out sell kris!

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