May 16, 2005 07:39 PM by Joe Blackmon
Fox has announced that the three remaining American Idol finalists will now have an additional phone number for voting. The press release from Fox states, "Throughout the season, each contestant has been assigned a single phone number for voting purposes. Now fans of Bo Bice, Vonzell Solomon and Carrie Underwood will have an expanded opportunity to cast their votes after Tuesday’s performance show, because each contestant will be assigned two phone numbers instead of one on AMERICAN IDOL Tuesday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX."
"Immediately after the show, the phone lines will open and AMERICAN IDOL viewers can vote for their favorite singer by calling either of two toll-free numbers assigned to that contestant."
“With the volume of calls this season already exceeding last year’s, we felt it was important to give fans additional phone numbers in an attempt to reduce congestion,” stated executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz of FremantleMedia.
Reality TV Magazine thinks it is great that American Idol is finally addressing viewer complaints of congested phone lines. However, we also fear that this might translate into twice as many phone numbers to screw-up. American Idol has had difficulty attaching even one correct phone number to a contestant. It will be interesting to see if they can pull off two numbers per contestant.