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Arkansas Busted Out the Vote: 38 Million of Them!

May 21, 2009

An Arkansas publication announced this interesting tidbit. Hey, those midwestern and southern states often pull hard for Idol contestants, which is probably part of the reason a lot of runners up have been from “bigger” or “coastal” states. (Just a theory…)

UPDATE:  Told ya so!  You heard it here first.  It was the Arkansas vote!!!  AT&T confirms 38 million votes from Arkansas alone.  There were 100 million votes total.  Congratulations Kris and…

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  1. zelda permalink
    May 24, 2009 1:17 am

    BTW…..Adam is contracted too! The top 2 always are!

  2. zelda permalink
    May 24, 2009 1:15 am

    Something is very wrong with this picture. Every person im Arkansas had to vote like 13 times. 40% of the vote?….the rest of the country would have had to be dead for them to rock 40% of the vote.

    I think this needs to be investigated. Some shenanigans going on here, for sure.

  3. Jeremy permalink
    May 22, 2009 10:52 pm

    hmmm… I think that the main reason Kris won was ‘cus that Danny’s fans voted for him not because they liked him but because they hated Adam!

  4. Dan permalink
    May 22, 2009 9:13 am

    The ONLY reason Kris won is because of the 38 million votes cast by the State of Arkansas. This means that ONE state represented almost 40% of the total votes for BOTH contestants. This number is so scewed it’s ridiculous when you consider the rest of the country and the 36 million population of California. Arkansas only has 2.8 million people in the entire state!

    The week prior there were 88 million votes cast and Kris beat Danny when it was clear that Danny was favored in the finale. How did Kris Allen pull this off and where did the additional 21 million votes come from the following week? Here’s how it happened…

    First off there were hundreds of pre-paid AT&T cell phones given out by organized Kris Allen supporters with West Coast area codes to vote long after the lines were closed in their time zone. They also were able to text hundeds of times faster than it takes you or I to dial in, and you can ONLY text if you have an AT&T cell phone. It’s actually possible to text your vote approximately 40 times within one minute using one of the new “smart phones” which equals about 2,400 votes within an hour. I tried this experiment myself with a borrowed phone today and could do it myself. Multiply that by the extra 2 hours for the cheating phones and you get over 14,000 votes by one individual provided they keep at it non stop the entire time, and believe me there are plenty of tweenagers and college students who can do this.

    Once the voting officially ended in Arkansas they switched to the phones with the west coast area codes for the remaining 2 hours. AT&T is a sponsor of American Idol. Who do you think made money on all those pre paid phones? I have a AT&T land line and I was able to vote for Adam about 25 times within 4 hours because of constant busy signals. Meanwhile someone in Arkansas had voted over 500 times that amount using power texting. You only need about 1,500 people to accomplish the amount of power text votes Kris received in addition to those around the rest of the country and the state of Arkansas who voted for him by phoning in their vote. If you remove the organizers from the equation and the number is the more realistic 60% – 40% margin that was originally predicted in Adam’s favor.

    How do I know all this you ask? I have a friend who attends the University of Central Arkansas where Kris goes to school and they told me about this organized group. Most of them are his fellow college students. The information is on the internet as well, you just have to look for it. This method was ALSO used the previous week, and that’s how Kris beat Danny Gokey. If you’re wondering how they managed to purchase all these “cheating” phones they held “Kris Allen MUST WIN” fund raisers weeks ago when it looked like he wasn’t going to make it and fell into the bottom 3 on April 29th. It didn’t take them long to raise thousands of dollars to purchase these phones (most likely from California) which is ironic considering it’s Adam’s home state.

    Second, on the website people were instructed and coached on how to use a computer program called Gizmo that would extend their voting time from 4 hours to 7 hours. This program is also able to cast up to 25 votes at once and can be used by people OUTSIDE the United States who are normally not allowed to vote. Some people were claiming on various Kris Allen blogs that they voted as many as 16,000 times within 7 hours using the power text and Gizmo method along with the west coast area code phones, and many people overseas are claiming they were able to vote using Gizmo as well. Go to the above website and see for yourself.

    This was a very organized group of people who clearly cheated in order for Kris to win by being able to vote past the allotted 4 hour time frame, and I think it’s a shame that the most talented performer in American Idol history came in 2nd place. Simon Cowell was right in not standing up when it was announced that Kris won. I wouldn’t have stood up either.

    However, I believe in Karma, and although this is clearly not Kris’ fault I think that the “cheaters” may have done Adam a favor by not locking him into the customary multi year American Idol recording contract that would limit his creative control over the production. Kris may very well go the way of Taylor Hicks and be limited to playing State Fairs and Road Houses in the future or he may do very well. Only time will tell, but I truely believe that Adam will go on to World Wide Superstardom because his fanbase is THAT Huge! Personally I think comparing Kris to Adam is like comparing Pat Boone to Elvis and most of the people I’ve talked to agree.

    In response to the one who said about the 38 million vote count being false, it was actually reported by several different news sources. The latest blog rumor is that the information was leaked by an AT&T employee who supported Adam Lambert and was disgusted at the obvious “cheating” and felt the need to disclose how many votes came from Arkansas. You must remember that AT&T is American Idol’s Number ONE sponsor and they do not want to come off with egg on their face for the obvious reason that the company makes millions of dollars from all the text messaging and phone calls made after the telecast. Ryan Seacrest says at the end of each show, “Standard text messaging rates apply.” AT&T is based out of Dallas Texas, which is only 342 miles from Conway Arkansas and it would make sense that would support Kris Allen. There have been reports of AT&T supplying Conway with free cell phones and instructing users on how to “Power Text” so there may be some truth to that as well.

    In any case, AT&T didn’t move to have the media retract the story about the 38 million votes until several hours after the fact, when obviously “outraged” Adam Lambert supporters responded to the theory that there was cheating involved. The company says it doesn’t reveal how many votes came from each state and for good reason. Can you imagine if they actually did disclose that information going back to AI season one? It stands to reason that they would lose millions of dollars in revenue if the AI ratings collapsed from under them if it was somehow found out that “certain” American Idol winners had a little “help”. Corporate America is typically ultra conservative and that’s exactly what Kris Allen is. He’s the boy next door and even looks a little like Joey from “Friends” Adam is outgoing, flashy, flamboyant, and certainly not you’re typical entertainer, but his pure raw talent is way beyond what Kris could ever hope to achieve. Kris even said at the end of the show that “Adam deserves this” and was even embarrassed by the fact that he won.

    Adam is making waves and is literally kicking down the musical door so to speak, much like Elvis did in the 50’s. He’s also very polarizing, either you love him or you hate him with no inbetween. Kris is the guy who you’d invite over for a Sunday afternoon Barbeque after church. In any case it all boils down to AT&T’s bottom line and who “they” think is a marketable recording artist, and sometimes they drop the ball. All you have to do is look where Taylor Hicks is today. I wish Kris the greatest success in the future and I hope he can step up to the plate given the fact what his friends at the University of Central Arkansas and AT&T have done for him.

    As for Adam… I will be the first in line to buy his first album.

    • marilynn Gamble permalink
      May 23, 2009 11:04 am

      I loved reading your information about the voting and about how kris allen won american idol. i actually have a theory that he used this method of voting to ensure that he would be in the top 12 also. i know that his group of 12 who auditioned for the 3 spots, kris was not very good, and this is the same group where allison and adam were i n also. he may have been using this method of voting the entire time on american idol. this is just my theory. i also think that he was involved in it too in the voting process. so faking surprise at his win, i also find disgusting. i do not think he is a very talented singer and his win seems like a joke to me

  5. Maree permalink
    May 22, 2009 3:59 am

    I’m way happier at the thought that Arkansas voted up the wazoo than the thought that 50 million people hated poor Adam’s guts.

  6. May 21, 2009 4:41 pm

    How did this happen people? I thought Adam had this in the bag….Oh….my heart hurts!

  7. May 21, 2009 4:14 pm

    The original source retracted the statement after At&t denied that this was true.

    • deez permalink
      May 21, 2009 4:39 pm


      The retraction will be the impetus for even more conspiracy rumors!!!

      • TopIdol permalink
        May 21, 2009 4:41 pm

        American Idol: desperately in need of a bit more transparency.

  8. May 21, 2009 10:09 am

    The Gokey Bible thumpers broke for the wholsome married chap. Simple as that. Any predictions on who of the two has the bigger career? Hot by Default is good, but he’s not any different than anyone out there who already has an established career.

    • TopIdol permalink
      May 21, 2009 11:19 am

      I just think people in Arkansas will rally around someone more so than say, the entire state of California. I’m pretty sure this happened a few years ago when I didn’t watch the show. Some Hawaiian girl wasn’t that good but made it to the Top 2, and it was mainly because millions & millions of votes were coming out of Hawaii.

      • deez permalink
        May 21, 2009 11:58 am

        Yep. I don’t think people who are from extremely populated areas realize how different things are out here in “the sticks.”

        I come from a small town, one time I remember a local kid was on ESPN for some reason and the whole town went bonkers. LOL. (It would be disingenuous of me to blast small town mid-west…because I love it. Big cities are fun for the weekend. If it’s any bigger than St Louis, then it drives me crazy.)

        Good for Arkansas.

        • TopIdol permalink
          May 21, 2009 12:04 pm

          You live in STL?

        • deez permalink
          May 21, 2009 1:54 pm

          No, just a frequent visitor…The Cardinals, baby! (I’m one of what seems to be a dying breed…a baseball fan!)

  9. martmart permalink
    May 21, 2009 5:04 am

    Couldn’t resist, choice bit from jim cantiello:

    “10:15 pm – BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!! The press room left the feed up after the show went off the air and I NEEEED to share what I just witnessed. Right after Kris won, he was whisked away to backstage, where a crew was waiting for him to say “I’m going to Disney World!” Kris, being a low key dude, wasn’t giving the producer what he wanted. “Be more excited!” Kris tried to up the energy. “I’m going to Disney World!” “You can do better than that! SCREAM IT!” Kris tried again. The producer pushed more. Kris tried again. And then an “Idol” stage manager rushed in and started yelling at the other producer. “That’s the best you’re gonna get! Let him be himself! He doesn’t do excitement!” I’m so depressed that I witnessed that. Okay, I’m done now. Thanks for reading!”


    • TopIdol permalink
      May 21, 2009 9:15 am

      But at least we know the artist he’s going to be.

  10. deez permalink
    May 21, 2009 2:36 am

    Wow, just checked, population of Ark is a little less than 3 million.
    Take out anybody under 10, and most of those over 70, and that cuts out another third or so voters…..some seriously calloused thumbs at that Conway watch party.

    I don’t think this has as much to do with homophobes, crazy Pastor Rolex followers, or thirteen year old girls, as it does with highly motivated texters at the University of Central Arkansas. And there you have it, Adam fans.

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