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

Did AT&T Tip 'American Idol' Win to Kris Allen?-photo

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?

 

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  • Lucy
    Lucy

    Read "American Idol Vote Scam". Kris won with help of ATAT cheating.

  • ShirleyTampa
    ShirleyTampa

    There may or may not have been counting fraud, either way, Kris Allen fit the pop singer Idol image. Adam on the other hand, has a controversial life style and thanks to his phenomenal pipes, will do well regardless. The real test on the matter is 5 years down the road when we count the number one hits. My guess? Adam, hands down.

  • Jillson
    Jillson

    Kris Allen the Winner and the BEST!

  • phoenixbai
    phoenixbai

    Truth be told, Americans are voting for their favorite singer not the most talented singer. There is a big difference! And still the truth, Kris might not be outstanding and startling as Adam, but he is as talented and creative as Adam! Plus, he got the look that no one can resist and the tender,modest personality, how can we not vote for him? Having said that, I am a Adam fan!

  • PHOENIXBAI
    PHOENIXBAI

    KRIS IS ONLY THE AMERICAN IDOL..BUT ADAM IS THE AMERICA, ASIA, AUSTRALIA, AFRICA AND EUROPE IDOL¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ plus ASIA TOO!

  • Isupportkris
    Isupportkris

    what? you STIIL cant accept the face that kris won? oh for god's sake get over it!! he won cuz he's good and he got many fans!!

  • Jeannie
    Jeannie

    I personally have thought for a long time that the show is rigged. I voted for Danny as I thought Danny was much better than either Adam or Kris. While I liked Kris better than Adam, I didn't think either of the top 2 were due the title "american idol". I thought Kris should have gone when they voted out #5 idol contestant. He's sweet but I just didn't think he was equal to Danny or Adam. I didn't think Adam was equal to Danny! I have been debating whethe ror not to boycot American Idol as a result. I just don't beleive it is decided by the public but rather by the judges or the producers..but not the public. Its just like our political system. Greed runs the show not talent. By the way, where is Danny's record contract?

  • Diane
    Diane

    Adam Lambert is the best contestant that has ever been on any of the previous and also the present American Idol Show. He truly has a God given talent. He not only showed the world his talent but his ability to treat others with respect and manners. I thought Kris was good but Adam was the superstar.

  • Ariel
    Ariel

    MANIPULATING VOTES IS WRONG

  • Ariel
    Ariel

    I think this issue needs to be addressed. This is completely immoral. This is NOT a democracy, American Idol needs to get their act together. Manipulating votes is WRONG.

  • Ariel
    Ariel

    I think this issue needs to be addressed. This is completely immoral. This is NOT a democracy, American Idol needs to get their act together. Manipulating votes is WRONG.

  • Ariel
    Ariel

    I think this issue needs to be addressed. This is completely immoral. This is NOT a democracy, American Idol needs to get their act together. Manipulating votes is WRONG.

  • alma
    alma

    Doesn't matter if Adam is gay or with bad skin or with fake hair color or fat....he is still the most talented guy in AI among all seasons...and I have watched so many different kids of concerts, rock n roll or not...never seen a preformer who is so fasinated to watch and just keep wanting to see more of him on stage...can't wait to watch his 1st concert if he ever comes to Asia.

  • zoe
    zoe

    kris may be american idol but adam is the american ICON. what are you on about hong!? adam is one of the most beautiful people i have ever seen!! im sorry but you're probably just jealous of him ha. if boring, straight, 'cute', all-american, baby-faced guitar players with okay voices are the most amazing out-of-this-world talent there is in america - then america really is as stupid as the rest of the world think it is. i don't mean that to offend ALL americans by the way, because, of course, adam lambert is american ♥

  • Hong
    Hong

    Adam is ugly and has a crater face with pot marks. Adam dyes his hair and his eyebrows. Adam is also FAT. Plus Adam does not LIKE YOU GIRLS...he likes guys.

  • vikki
    vikki

    Adam is the Super Megastar of all season. He is the most talented, artistic, gracious, humble, polite and full of charisma, needless to say the most handsome AI contender of all season. He doesn't need the AI title because he is already a STAR. Kris needs the title more than Adam. I personally admire both of them for being humble and the best of friends.

  • kynkacat
    kynkacat

    Kris Allen is and always will be a pretender to the throne!!Winning by cheating is not winning & it is sad that Allen will always be known as the guy who should have lost. Adam is the real winner - Talented, beautiful, he will go far. Ever notice that things that are different get noticed - like the bluebirds and the butterflies. Too bad "same old-same old" Allen will always know he was not the best contestant on American Idol - deep down he knows -His initial reaction said it all - "Adam deserves this!" Of course, Adam did deserve it but cheating voters took away his win!! However, they can never take away his talent - that will be around for a long time to come.Allen may be the idol but Adam is a Rock God!!

  • anita
    anita

    KRIS IS ONLY THE AMERICAN IDOL..BUT ADAM IS THE AMERICA, ASIA, AUSTRALIA, AFRICA AND EUROPE IDOL¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  • Cass
    Cass

    KRIS ALLEN SUCKS HE IS A LIAR/ CHEATER

  • leileea
    leileea

    let's give Kris the AI crown. ....ADAM does not need it. he's already a mega-star, a superstar and a world-wide star!

  • lori
    lori

    From the comments above I think Chris fans show what really happened. I think if the tables were turned they would feel differently. I think Chris is a nice guy and I wish him well but Adam is still the real SUPERSTAR.

  • lol
    lol

    After getting over my anger and watching Kris on a few shows I now realize that he's not so bad. he actually has a decent voice and he's a cutie.

  • alyssacullen1314
    alyssacullen1314

    oh puh leez ppl, kris, as in ma beau won tha whole thing!!! who cares about adam?

  • tweed
    tweed

    cmon! get over it already. kris won. period.