Did AT&T Tip ‘American Idol’ Win to Kris Allen?

Celebuzz / May 27, 2009

For all the American Idol fans who wondered how it could be possible for Kris Allen to beat out Adam Lambert in this season’s finale, the New York Times may have an answer as to how it happened.

According to a Times report, AT&T—a major American Idol sponsor and the sole outlet of text-message votes for the show—may have influenced the results in favor of Allen.

The Times reveals that representatives of the company provided free text-messaging services to attendees at two Arkansas parties organized for Kris Allen fans. According to the story, no similar amenities were provided to Lambert fans.

Compounding matters, attendees at the Allen parties were provided with instructions on how to “power text”—a method that allows users to send 10 texts or more at once, and which may run contrary to American Idol’s voting rules.

“In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community,” an official for AT&T admitted in a statement released on Tuesday. “A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.”

Could that have been enough to tip the win to Allen?

Readers, have your say in the comments section: Is a recount in order for this  season of American Idol?