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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