17 May 2004

Jammed Phones Alter 'Idol' Tallies

"Many would-be 'American Idol' voters are disenfranchised by overburdened phone lines and by 'power dialers' who hog the system..."American Idol" producers acknowledged power-dialers were casting thousands of votes.

In its statement Sunday, Fox said there are procedures in place to prevent individuals from "unfairly influencing the outcome of the voting," adding that producers can remove votes identified as power-dialing...

Lest people start talking about the Philippines and it's voting irregularities, even in the US there seems to be a problem with it.

Oh, and the presence of a Filipino contestant (Filipino-American, actually) in the contest is just coincidental.