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American Idol Producer Ken Warwick Denies Voting Problems

February 04, 2006 06:21 PM by Joe Blackmon

Every year it seems like there is always some shocking elimination on American Idol that has viewers screaming voting scandal.  Things really got started with American Idol 2 when many fans questioned Ruben Studdard’s win over Clay Aiken.  In American Idol 3, viewers were shocked by Jennifer Hudson’s early departure from the show.  In American Idol 4, Constantine Maroulis’ elimination had viewers demanding a recount

After controversial eliminations, American Idol message boards are usually filled with viewers complaining about not being able to get through on clogged phone lines.  There are also usually allegations of mass voting through power dialers. 

In a conference call with the media, American Idol Executive Producer Ken Warwick addressed complaints about the voting process and surprisingly denied that voting problems existed.  Warwick stated “A lot of the problems have not been genuine, you know, that have been published.  There is never any congestion at national grid system level.  The only time there is any congestion is at local switchboard level, and that’s going to happen, there’s nothing I can do..” 

After Constantine Maroulis’ controversial elimination on American Idol 4, Reality TV Magazine requested information from FOX on how many votes were thrown out due to power dialing.  Reality TV Magazine requested this information, hoping that it could be used to address rumors that power dialers were keeping Scott Savol in the competition.  FOX’s response was “Sorry, no information is available.”  Now, thanks to Ken Warwick that question has been answered.

In regards to power dialers, Warwick stated, “I think in year two when we were starting to become successful we had leveled at us there’s all these power modem dialers that can do 10,000 phone calls in thirty seconds, so we put a load of really expensive equipment in place to phantom these guys out, and at the moment it became obvious that the same number was making more than a certain number of calls very quickly that would be cut out of the system, but the truth of the matter is in the whole time that we’ve had that apparatus in, not once has it ever been needed to be used, which leads me to believe that the whole thing was a prefabrication in the first place,” 

The only problem with the voting procedure that Warwick did acknowledge was what he described as “making that stupid error on screen” in reference to the wrong contestant phone numbers that led to a re-vote during American Idol 4.  Warwick did not make mention of the closed captioning phone number error or Ryan Seacrest’s announcement of the wrong phone number which also occurred during American Idol 4.  Neither the closed captioning nor the announcement errors resulted in a re-vote.   

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106 Responses to “American Idol Producer Ken Warwick Denies Voting Problems”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    I call bull****. Can we say cover up?

  2. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    I did’t watch or follow American Idol until Season 4, and all it took was the elimination of Constantine Maroulis before Scott Savol to tell me something was wrong with the voting system of this show. I gave it a shot, but they lost this viewer for good.

  3. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    Whatever. Maybe ABC got some good dirt instead of baseless Paula allegations this year. Because God knows that whole Constantine fiasco wasn’t legit.

  4. Getonthebus Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 7:49 pm

    come to our site if you want the truth about this scandal and many others.

  5. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Everyone in the the USA knows Constantine won ai4. U can only fool people for so long. Done with it.

  6. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Constantine sucked on the night he was eliminated. So the vote was legit.

  7. june Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    The only time I got air when I dialed to vote, was when I tried to vote for Constantine.

    Elimination wasn’t about the performance or a legit vote. It was about his band put out a CD and AI didn’t want to deal with that. Up front and honest–I could forgive. Making anyone believe Constantine was legitimately booted that night–that’s a hyped up misconception.

  8. Rori Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    Personally, I think addressing the voting issue is a red herring.

    The greater issue, IMO, is to find out IF in fact the producers retain the right to oust anyone for any reason at any time.

    Which I think they do… and I will always believe that is what happened with Constantine.

    It had nothing to do with votes. It was a behind the scenes thing on the part of AI.

  9. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    This is one viewer that has been an AI addict since season one that is done with AI. I’m feed up with having to hit redial for two hours to feel like my vote counts.

    LISTEN UP AI! A LOT OF US ARE SICK OF WASTING TWO HOURS SO YOU JERKS CAN SAY YOU GOT SO MANY MILLION VOTES. No more AI till they limit the votes per phone.

  10. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    Oh great. Here we go again.

    God knows we didn’t hear enough of this six months ago…

  11. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    I’m sick and tired about this voting drivel people,Constantine’s departure from AI4 was long overdue and not untimely. His singing was atrocious and his performance abilities
    could not compensate any longer for what he lacked in vocal skills. Look it’s just a TV show not real life, Stop taking it so seriously for heavens sake. Blaming the producers and creators of the show is not going to make things look unreasonable; if anything it makes fans appear to be hopeless and delusional.

  12. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    Ah,,, the real issue is will anyone care in 5 years from now? I know I won’t! I won’t watch the show, two fiascos -three, whatever it is… it is enough, that I didn’t like the show in the first place, Constantine & Clay got my vote, and . I’m thru with the unreality show any ways… just carry on.

  13. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    Constantine’s singing was great some nights but not the night he got eliminated. I don’t see how there could possibly be an accurate count. It’s impossible. They do the best estimate they can and take into consideration who the producers would like to win. Maybe they did think it was time for him to go and thought it would look legit since his last performance was not his best. People, don’t waste your time voting.

  14. NoBS Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    There is absolutley no way that Constantine could have legitimately been eliminated before Scott Savol. The powers that be at AI gave C the adminstrative boot because of his band’s release of their CD while C was still on the show. That is all. No matter what they say.

  15. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    Give it a rest people it’s been what a year now. It’s over and one with no one cares anymore this will have nothing to do with any potential success in the near future. Do yourself a favor find a new hobby.

  16. Terry Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Constantine was and is still an amazing talent. He was not legitimately “voted” off the show. I believe that myself and countless others will still watch, but not vote because your vote virtually means NOTHING. GO Constantine… keep shining!!

  17. Anonymous Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    Never in a million years will I ever believe that Constantine got the least votes out of every other contestant on the night he was voted off.No.Way.He was a hugely popular fan favorite.And yes, the producers do retain the right to kick anyone out for any reason at any time because it says so clear as day in the Idol contract( it’s out there..look it up).I am inclined to believe they ousted him because of his bands signing a distribution deal with an Indie record company.I don’t think it’s a case of them wanting to let Constantine go, but that they had to let him go. If Idol fans found out Constatines band had a “record deal”, it would have appeared unfair to the other contestants.Especially when the premise of this show is to search the country for UNSIGNED talent. They had to look out for the future and reputation of the show.

  18. Petal Blossom Says:
    February 4th, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    What a pathetic joke! Constantine should never have even been in the top 12- he was a terrible singer with no range and an awful voice. It was only a matter of time before that fake rocker got booted. He did not have the fans people thought- if so, why wasn’t his crappy CD with his “band” a flop and failure?? Huh?? If he had millions of fans, why didn’t they buy it??!? He is a loser and a failure and his white trash ignorant fans were a small minority and he will never be a star- that is a laugh!!!

    How dare he even share a stage with a REAL star like Carrie Underwood- Constantine was television “poison”- Carrie is a star gone NOVA- 2 millions albums sold, one of the biggest stars in the world- what did Constantine’s rock group do? NOTHING!! He is an embarrassment like his dumb fans who don’t know the difference between real talent like Carrie Underwood and a pathetic loser.

  19. Cfan Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 12:26 am

    Constantine is an amazing talent, an amazing performer. One only has to see him live to know this. He was way beyond the AI show…..at this point none of it really matters…he left too soon…but his star will shine brightly..because he is MAD talented!

  20. Cfan Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 12:27 am

    Constantine is an amazing talent, an amazing performer. One only has to see him live to know this. He was way beyond the AI show…..at this point none of it really matters…he left too soon…but his star will shine brightly..because he is MAD talented!

  21. Donna Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 12:34 am

    When Constantine was ousted from American Idol, it was the end of the show for me. Not only for 2005, but also for any other season. Scott Savol stayed and Constantine Maroulis went home, and it certainly didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. This show was rigged! For whatever reason it happened, it was wrong and no one at AI was willing to step up and admit it. So, carry on AI5, without me. I’m sure you already have your American Idol for 2006.

  22. Chilaca Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 12:46 am

    The show has been rigged since season 1. There was a disclaimer saying producers reserved the right to choose the winner.

    It’s not classified as a competition, which would open them up to FCC oversight, it’s classified as entertainment only.

    Now Warwick says power-voting isn’t real? Why do season 4 eps have a disclaimer saying producers DO reserve the right to not count votes they suspect are from power dialers. BS alert. They can’t even keep the fibs straight.

  23. marge Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:05 am

    I will never believe that Constantine was voted off. I agree with others that it was his bands CD distribution deal that did him in. However, this talented young man will do just fine. Everyone knows that he deserved to be the “idol” and he has and will continue to receive many offers elsewhere. Go Con go!

  24. Mo Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:13 am

    Why on earth would AI need power-dialing detectors? It’s not like they actually count votes. If they truly keep tabs on the “votes”, I want to see it. Week by week, for every contestant, going back to Season 1. Not gonna happen, because they are only giving us the illusion of voting for our favorite. They have always reserved the right to choose the winner (or loser).

    This is not an issue of, “Was Constantine voted off fairly?” His fans will always say no, just as the fans of Tamyra Gray, Jennifer Hudson, and Clay Aiken will always cry foul. Hard to be voted off when the votes don’t count.

  25. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:19 am

    If he is so talented then why don’t his shows sell out? Why don’t his CDs sell well? Why do journalist and other media outlets give his band and other shows poor reviews? Why do fans have to make up lies about him to make him look popular? It’s because he is not talented and it has become apparent that he is trying to cash in on the 15 minutes of fame that he garnered. I don’t know how he was able to make through to the top 100 let alone the top 24.His fans have managed to set the example for white lower class Americans.

  26. Sue Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:27 am

    come on now, I liked Kim Locke from season 2, but Ruben won, and even though I am not a fan, there is no way Clay got less votes then Ruben on finals night. Clay had been getting like 80% of the votes every week all season, then Ruben wins in the end? No way.

  27. Michelle Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:59 am

    Petal Blossom, there was no need to call Constantine’s fans dumb. There was no need to disparage people like that. If Carrie is an American Idol who is supposed to be a role model, she sure can’t influence you, her fan, to be a better person. Con fans though are classy, just like him.

  28. EMJ Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 2:08 am

    Why do journalist and other media outlets give his band and other shows poor reviews?

    —-
    You are making a sweeping statement there. What other shows of Con have poor reviews? Do not lie, especially when you did not attend his solo shows which were great.

  29. Desi Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 8:23 am

    It’s not really about Constantine… or Clay… or ANY of the contestants. It’s about the fact that AI leads people to believe their vote matters… people even PAY to vote in some cases.

  30. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:18 am

    I saw Constantine in concert and it was a full house and a great audience. Unless you’ve been there, you don’t know what you’re talking about. And this whole thing isn’t about Constantine or Carrie. It’s about the voting process, which is bogus. Why everyone sees the need to bash Constantine because they are so threatened is beyond me. It happened a year ago. Get on with it. I couldn’t stand Scary Underpants and I’ll never buy any of her CDs. If she weren’t blonde and beautiful, she’d have been gone immediately. Some of the other people from Season 4 have to work at being famous. It wasn’t handed to them like it was to her.

  31. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Recording stars no longer make the big bucks from their CDs. They make it through live concerts. Carrie Underwood had better get a good mentor before she gets out on a stage, because she will bomb. Her backup singer is more animated than she could ever be. At least when you see Bo Bice or Constantine Maroulis, they give you something to watch. This whole thing is sickening.

  32. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:23 am

    Scarey Underpants. That’s good. I think Carrie has talent. I think she’s dull as dishwater, but she’s talented. Was the voting fixed? All AI has to do is show us the numbers, and they can’t do that because they either never had them or it would show us voting was manipulated. All I had to do was sit through Jasmine Trias’ offkey performances to know something smelled bad. Clay Aiken lost to Ruben? I doubt it. Constantine left before Scott Savol? Get real.

  33. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Poor reviews? I don’t know what you’ve been reading, but I’ve read plenty of great reviews about PFSOB and Constantine. Get your facts straight.

  34. sweetconni Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Since Constantine Maroulis left American Idol, he has been so busy with his career! American Idol was a wonderful break for Constantine which has lead to him touring both as a solo artist and with his band, Pray for the Soul of Betty. I hear he is working on a TV show with Kelsey Grammer’s production company which I am excited about and am hopeful to see on TV in the near future! I have seen him in so many magazine articles and on TV interviews, it is just amazing! He is doing great! He is not only a wonderful singer, but he is is a talented actor. I think he would make a great emcee at an awards show because of his wit and wonderful personality. He is featured on the American Idol magazine coming out in February, 2006 and is on a video at the American Idol site!!!! Check it out!!! You will see he is such a professional and gets along great with the American Idol producers!!

    Constantine Maroulis is my American Idol! As far as I am concerned, he has turned out to be the big winner!!!!! His career is doing great!!!! He is so talented and handsome!!! He is a star already!!!

  35. Bedazzled Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:21 am

    I only WATCHED AI for Constantine! Never watched it in my life till one night there was not a damn thing on and I stumbled onto the auditions and saw Constantine. I was hooked; not on AI, but HIM!

    And there is no way on God’s green earth that Scott Savol got more votes than Constantine, no way no how. ESPECIALLY when Scott had been SO BAD the night before, Simon told him to pack to go home; he was always awful, but that night, Scott was simply torture for the ears. So, of course, the natural order of things would be to keep him on and dump Constantine. NOT! Lest we forget vote for the worst who had robot voting going on to keep Scott on.

    PLEASE! They decided long long ago Carrie was the winner and Constantine was too much of a threat; they had to get rid of him THEN, because keeping him any longer would endanger country girl.

    It is absolutely fixed, your votes don’t mean a damn thing, and you know, Constantine is BETTER OFF. He’s not tied to 19 and he can do what he wants, as in, solo CDs, a TV show and who knows what else. A superior talent, the total package, much more than any other contestant on AI 4.

    I thank AI for ONE thing. It brought me Constantine Maroulis.

  36. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:32 am

    I’m heartsick about Bo’s lackluster sales. He deserves so much better. AI has ruined him. Connie is better off.

  37. Michelle Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:42 am

    There is no possible way Constantine was “voted” off before Scott Savol.Constantine is a fantastic performer in every sense of the word. He has been so busy since AI touring solo and with his band, working on his TV show, doing TV interviews and appearances,magazine article interviews and radio interviews.Constantine has talent,charisma,personality, good looks and treats his fans like royalty.Constantine Maroualis is my American Idol and I will be forever grateful to AI for giving him the chance to be on the show so America and all the world could find such a wonderful talent and man to enjoy.Thanks AI for bringing Constantine into my life. He has a fan for life in me!!!!

  38. Patti Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Regardless of the votes, or whether or not he came in first, Constantine is the winner of American Idol4! AI knows it and so does everyone else in the business who has any sense of good talent and voice.

    Otherwise, you’d think that Bo or Carrie or Scott or Athony or Vonzell would be on the cover of their next magazine issue, wouldn’t you?

    Constantine may not be your cup of tea and that is perfectly fine. Anyone who calls his fans dumb or stupid for seeing something in him, or says that he has a terrible voice with no range obviously can’t hear – and is also showcasing their immaturity. Attack his fans, yeah, that’s intelligent!?!? Hey, thanks for helping to keep the buzz alive!

  39. Lynne Wener Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    We were totally dumbfounded when Constantine was unfairly eliminated from AI. The ONLY contestant with talent and charisma worth watching on the show. When he left, we stopped watching as the rest of the show was as dull as dishwater. The thing about Constantine is not only is he talented, but he is a lovely, warm, sincere human being. He has a bright future ahead of him thanks to AI. Con is the greatest and we support him all the way to the top which is where he deserves to be.

  40. DorisAnne Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    I (perhaps naively) don’t wish to believe that the powers that be at American Idol rigged this or sent Constantine home early. I read everyone’s thoughts on this and continue to be very torn. I hate to believe that it could possibly be true – instead choose to believe that it is more likely that phone lines were jammed and voters just weren’t able to get calls through? Regardless of the truth, Constantine has proven he has the votes, the fans, the talent, the charisma and most especially the grace and gratitude to continue to be one of AI’s best ambassadors! There can be no doubt that he has succeeded – in that he has a future in the career that he loves the most – and has a loyal, loving fan base. American Idol needs to be very grateful to him as well – he takes the high road, and thanks them daily, for he knows how much this has given him. But this controversy will never be forgotten by those who love him!

  41. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    “It was only a matter of time before that fake rocker got booted. He did not have the fans people thought- if so, why was his crappy CD with his “band” a flop and failure?? Huh?? If he had millions of fans, why didn’t they buy it??!?”

    Maybe because they just did not like the music? Maybe because most Idol fans prefer the crooning “My Funny Valentine” Constantine they heard on the show? Who knows? Constantines bands record sales are not a fair and accurate measurement of his popularity on this show. Actually the American Idol forums would be a better way of distinguishing how much more popular he was than the rest of the other American Idol contestants. He had more posts in his folder than all of the other Idols COMBINED!!! Well over a million.The next highest was Bo,whose folder had a little over 400,000 posts. That speaks volumes.

  42. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    You people here trying to discredit Constantine and underestimate his popularity need to give it up. Why don’t his shows sell out? Please!!! If you were at the Starland Ballroom in Jersey during his solo show, you would have seen that the place was packed wall to wall with people. There were hundreds there to see him perform. The manager even commented on the fact that he could not believe how many people came out to see a show on a weekday three days before freaking Christmas no less!On top of that, to see a guy that had no cd of his own to promote. He was pretty damn impressed and so was I. The show was a major success.Deal with it haters!

  43. Mickie Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Yep, say what you want, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that a legitimate vote cast Constantine out at number 6 when there were *sigh* much less talentled and (most importantly) less popular folks still left onboard.

    I will always watch the show, but never ever again waste my time voting. I agree with the poster above who said that it was more of an “ouster” than a bad voting fiasco. They “let him go” in my opinion — and also I think it helped him in the long run, because of the outrage it stirred up!

    ROCK ON CONSTANTINE!!

  44. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    And here we go again. Did you know that the guy who runs this column is thrilled to death at all the hoopla Con’s name creates? He won’t take these disgusting threads off because so many people respond – moreso than about any other topic or person. So, you people who insist Connie is going nowhere – give it up. You are trying to convince people who know better.

  45. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    “Thrilled at all the hoopla” most of the stuff said about him is pure trash.

  46. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    From a marketing standpoint, any news is good news. Just look at that guy who wrote that bogus book and pimped it on Oprah’s show. When she found out he lied about it, she had him back on her show and really let him have it. The book is on the bestseller list. People don’t care. For whatever reason, people want to know about Constantine. And obviously you do too. You cared enough to write about him.

  47. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    The Starland Ballroom was a flop? BULL****!!! Anyone who can say that was NOT THERE.PERIOD!

  48. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    Constantine dos not have a career he is just a former reality TV contestant. Hollywood does not need him they have so many good-looking star that have talent. A bunch of fans spamming an obscure message board is not good marketing at all.

  49. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    THE STARLAND SHOW AWAS A FLOP CONSTANTINE SUCKED VOCALLY!HE DID NOT PERFORM ANY OF HIS OWN MATERIAL BECAUSE HE IS NOT TALENTED!

  50. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    As usual, this started out about the voting and it turned into a bashing war about Constantine.

  51. CONartistLVR Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Constantine is the next Elvis. Multi-Talented, sexy and appeals to all generations. Thank you AI for making him famous and available to us! Go Con Go!

  52. Patti B Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    Can someone EXPLAIN how the track listing on the AI4 CD was listed in exact elimination order from 12 to 1 — WEEKS before the actual eliminations occured?

    Doesn’t that tell the tale?

  53. Patti B Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    ALSO — let’s not forget the UK paper that printed the following on May 22, 2005 — 3 days before America voted:

    22 May 2005

    Ten British-based business people have been named among the 25 Stars of Europe by American magazine BusinessWeek. However, only five of them are actually British, showing the international nature of the UK business community.

    Among the more predictable names in the list are Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco; BT boss Ben Verwaayen; and Nigel Newton, who signed JK Rowling for Bloomsbury Publishing. More surprising are Andrew Black and Ed Wray, the co-founders of Betfair.com; and Simon Fuller, the pop impresario whose American Idol TV competition was won this year by Carrie Underwood.

  54. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Here we go again a bunch of delusional fans spreading false optimism to make Constantine look good. Seems like these people are holding on to whatever 15 min of fame they think Constantine may have left. His 15 min are over people there is nothing to argue about or discuss Constantine is nothing more than an American Idol wash out and he is so last year get over it.

  55. Amy Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    Quote: Look it’s just a TV show not real life, Stop taking it so seriously for heavens sake.
    —-
    Therein lies the problem…..AI has been billed AS real life…these are real people with real futures. The American public has been led to believe voting IS real. If it’s JUST a TV show, as this poster stated, then why we vote?

    We know better now, and it is a shame we had to learn this the hard way……….

  56. Temir Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    In reqards to this comment
    In regards to power dialers, Warwick stated, “I think in year two when we were starting to become successful we had leveled at us there’s all these power modem dialers that can do 10,000 phone calls in thirty seconds, so we put a load of really expensive equipment in place to phantom these guys out, and at the moment it became obvious that the same number was making more than a certain number of calls very quickly that would be cut out of the system, but the truth of the matter is in the whole time that we’ve had that apparatus in, not once has it ever been needed to be used, which leads me to believe that the whole thing was a prefabrication in the first place…”

    The reality of auto dialers is that they can do 1000 to maybe 1400 calls tops in 3-4 hrs. So in reality here what they are telling us is that the vote was not filtered for auto dialers last season. Meaning the effects of them were most likely very significant. Why would they do something so stupid as not know the capability of the auto dialers they were so fervent to stop?

  57. trish Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 5:28 pm

    Ah….the great debate continues. There are still so many theories circulating as to why Constantine was prematurely eliminated from AI.
    In many ways, I feel like an idiot for buying into the whole voting scheme propaganda of this show. In hind sight, I should of known better. The phrase “buyer beware” applies to all who view this show. All one has to do is read the disclaimer at the end of the show credits to understand that the producers have sole discretion over voting, among other things. One may ask, “Why then do they have voting?” My guess is strictly for the ratings. People are duped into thinking that they have a say in the outcome which, in turn, gets them emotionally involved in the show, thus they continue to religiously watch the show. This TV show is really about who the producers want to market that particular season. With regards to Constantine’s departure, something definitely went awry, but, in my opinion, it had nothing to do with the voting. Needless to say, I am grateful to American Idol for one thing: it was the vehicle that brought the world Constantine. He has expressed on many occassions how grateful he is to the show for all the opportunities it has given him. I’m glad he is finally getting the recognition he so deserves.

  58. Lucene Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    During the AI tour, one thing surprised me immensely, and it was the response to Constantine from the audience, compared to the other performers. Everyone in the huge stadium stood up in an excited rush when his name was announced, and was excited during the performance. The responses to the other performers was way less. So therefor, using this as a sample model, Constantine appears to be the most popular performer.
    At a Charity Event I went to, Constantine was the featured performer, and when he was finished he recieved a standing ovation. Pray for the Soul of Betty has sold out it’s 15 date tour.
    About the negative remarks that some of you have leveled at Constantine fans … a poll was taken and it turned out that most of Constantine’s fans are mid-age, well-educated, upper to middle income women … a demographic’s dream. No wonder ABC gave him his own sitcom, which he will be starring in, in the fall. You can also find Acoustic sets of Pray for the Soul of Betty on the AT&T Blue Room.
    About the voting? Probably the producers wanted something to stimulate excitement and produce “water-cooler” gossip and controversy, and they succeeded. They probably just use the voting as a “guideline” and are allowed their own input to control it because IT IS A SHOW, and Constantine does not need it anymore. So Peace.

  59. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    His band members should hold an audition to find the next lead singer for their band.It’s obvious that they need one really badly because their current front man cannot sing.He is also rude to their fans and act as if he co-founded the band when he did not.

  60. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    ABC did not give him his own sitcom.There has not been any news to confirm any details regarding the sitcom being given a green light.So Trish your post does not hold water, because it is filled with half truths and wishful thinking.

  61. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    I meant lucence

  62. Petal Blossom Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Middle-aged women are a demographic’s dream? You have to be kidding, that hardly is a dream of TV executives. You are so deluded, you have no idea what you are talking about, which is a laugh. ABC did not give him a series, he is doing a PILOT, there is no promise whatsoever it will be picked up. If you are so wrong and dumb about this, it just does to show how brainless you are about the whole thing.

    The only star to come out of AI 4 is Carrie Underwood. She had an album that has already sold millions. Bo Bice out out an album that has flopped- he is not number 76- Carrie, who put out an album a month before he did, is at 7. With the money they poured into his album, they will most likely lose more money on it than Diana and Justin’s.

    Constantine had an album out when the show was still on. It was huge and utter failure, like himself. It did not even enter the TOP 100. Both Bo and Constantine are LOSERS and has-beens- you just keep following that pathetic no-talent, birds of a feather flock together.

  63. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    After leaving American Idol, Constantine has been really busy with his career! American Idol gave Constantine the exposure he needed which has lead to him touring both as a solo artist and with his band, Pray for the Soul of Betty. He is working on a TV show with Kelsey Grammer’s production company for which ABC has signed him to shoot 6 episodes. I’m sure it will be a hit, and many more episodes will be picked up. I have seen him in so many magazine articles and on TV interviews, it is just amazing! He is doing great! He is not only a wonderful singer, but he is is a talented actor. I think he would make a great emcee at an awards show because of his wit and wonderful personality. He is featured on the American Idol magazine coming out in February, 2006 and is on a video at the American Idol site!!!! Check it out!!! You will see he is such a professional and gets along great with the American Idol producers!!

    Constantine Maroulis is my American Idol! As far as I am concerned, he has turned out to be the big winner!!!!! His career is doing great!!!! He is so talented and handsome!!! He is a star already!!!

  64. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    Constantine is not going to be a star!

  65. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    “American Idol forums would be a better way of distinguishing how much more popular he was than the rest of the other American Idol contestants. He had more posts in his folder than all of the other Idols COMBINED!!! Well over a million.The next highest was Bo,whose folder had a little over 400,000 posts. That speaks volumes.”

    REALLY? Is that why the band didn’t even sell enough records to be compensated by Koch??

  66. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    I can’t believe this is still going on. And Con fans wonder why people say they’re delusional and irrational.

    No such thing as bad publicity? Right. Try selling that to Paul Reubens.

    The only show Con will end up on will be The Surreal Life, with the other has-beens.

  67. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    I think he and Ron Jeremy would really hit it off at the reunion show.

  68. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    “American Idol forums would be a better way of distinguishing how much more popular he was than the rest of the other American Idol contestants. He had more posts in his folder than all of the other Idols COMBINED!!! Well over a million.The next highest was Bo,whose folder had a little over 400,000 posts. That speaks volumes.”

    Yes it does. It says that his fans are pathetically obsessed and spent their entire days checking in and out, and posting such brilliant comments such as…

    ((((((((YOU))))))))

    ((((((((Greekboy))))))))))

    *THUD*

    Yes. It is really impressive.

  69. Anonymous Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    Check in/check out is an AWESOME way to raise post counts…

  70. momarymo Says:
    February 5th, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    American Idol isn’t letting the people pick the winners. It’s a ruse. They have their winners picked before hand and orchestrate it to fit their plans. If it was real, there would be 1 call per phone number and they would announce the numbers for each contestant.

  71. Kim Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:11 am

    Obviously, anyone who’s trying to put Constantine down is simply fooling themselves here. I almost feel sorry for them! They’re in the minority and have absolutely nothing else to back up their claims. Behind Carrie and Bo, he’s the busiest and most visable of all the Ai4 contestants; that can’t be denied.

    So all of you who think he doesn’t have a career, how about crawling out from that ginormous rock and visiting us in the real world sometime?

  72. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Where? Fat camp?

  73. ConStipated Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Dude, like Con is so busy and all over everythin is a big deal? He dosnt even have an info mercial.
    If he wuz a really big STAR hed have a info mercial. Like Suzanne Summers and a commercial pimping loans like Gary Colman. Hes justa wannabe.

  74. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:29 am

    MC Hammer and Eric Estrada also have info-mercials.

  75. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:35 am

    So all of you who think he doesn’t have a career, how about crawling out from that ginormous rock and visiting us in the real world sometime?
    **********************************************************************

    I can’t bleieve this is still going on. I feel sorry for your families because you people are crazy! Anyone who knows about Constantine and his crappy bar band are living under a rock or in some trailer park! Get a grip on reality for heavens sake and GET A LIFE!

  76. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:44 am

    His flop tour is over! He won’t find much luck in that area!

  77. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Stop making excuses for this loser people.

  78. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:46 am

    But he told us that he is a good greek boy! And we believe him!

  79. Petal Blossom Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 1:11 am

    The reason his folder was so full of messages because most of it was hate mail! It’s not because everyone who left a reply liked the loser! Where were all those people when it came time to buy that flop album??? NOWHERE. Because most people knew he could not carry a tune and was a horrible double-chinned singer and performer. His album was garbage and it is just a taste of what his future holds. He’s awful!

  80. JazzRocks Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 9:14 am

    “Petal Blossom”? How could someone with such a sweet name spew such hate? (Rhetorical question – don’t expect an answer)
    Interesting that this general topic about AI voting becomes another love/bashfest about Constantine.
    I can’t say there was a conspiracy or that AI booted him intentionally. I don’t know and it doesn’t matter now.
    He’s very grateful for the opportunity AI gave him, and he’s building on that to establish his own success. Given that he is extremely talented and charismatic, he will do just that.

  81. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 10:27 am

    The haters all come from one particular website. They make fun of fans of AI contestants for being positive and being fans. They call that obsessed.

    Who is more obsessed? Nuff said.

    The voting doesn’t count. So don’t bother. Simon and the producers have picked the winner before the top 12 even begins. They want a winner they can manipulate.

  82. marge Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 10:49 am

    This is so funny. The “haters” continue to give Con so much publicity. They will surely help the raings of his TV show by watching. Connie if you are reading…thanks for entertaining me. I look forward to your upcoming TV show, solo album and shows, etc. We love ya babe.

  83. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 11:21 am

    Supporting Constantine has nothing to do with being positive. It has to do with a bunch of women who have way too much time on their hands are bored and delusional. The haters are not giving Constantine any publicity they are only pointing out what many fans tend to overlook and it’s the fact that the guy has no personality and has no talent!

  84. this joke is not funny Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 11:28 am

    OMG.. you are all silly.
    When was Constantine voted off?????????
    NO WAY! GET OUT OF TOWN!

    I heard he won. I see him on tv all the time.
    He won, stop this..haha
    Internet lies, jokes, I get it.

  85. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 11:40 am

    HA HA HA

    ((((THUD)))

  86. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 11:41 am

    HA HA HA

    ((((THUD)))

  87. SidiDenak Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve been watching American Idol since it started. IMO, they remove singers that are gonna be a threat to their HAND PICKED WINNERS. AI1, Tamyra Gray was a threat to Kelly Clarkson, she was removed and Nikki McKibbon stayed. AI2, Clay Aiken was a threat to Ruben Studdard but he had such a mega fan base that they decided to leave him in as a Runner Up to please his fans. AI3, Diana DeGarmo sang circles around Fantasia Barrino but her mic was turned off during the finals so she couldn’t hear the music and Fantasia Barrino won. AI4, they purposely got rid of Constantine Maroulis because he was a threat to Bo Bice. I still watch to see who Simon Fuller will be pimping as the next AI Winner. Once the pick is in, they will get rid of anyone that threatens their hand picked winner with: “lowest votes”.

    I really feel they should do away with the Runner Up category ’cause they never promote or pay for “airplay” for the Runner Ups like they do for all the Winners. Once the Runner Ups realize this (it takes about 1 year), they’re better off going it alone. At least they have gotten exposure that they never could have gotten on their own but now they have to take charge of their own careers and they will come up a winner. Much to everyone’s surprise, Clay Aiken is already a success even without the promotion and airply; Justin Guarini is doing his own thing and on his way to success with his JAZZ CD; Diana DeGarmo is doing Broadway as the best friend of Tracy’s in HAIRSPRAY and Jennifer Hudson who was voted off ’cause she was a threat to Fantasia Barrino just beat out Fantasia Barrino for one of the parts in DREAMGIRLS with the lead being BEYONCE. I’m happy that Constantine is making it, ala Kimberly Locke and Josh Gracin. Now I shall await the AI5 Competition to see who they’re gonna pick as the next Winner and then sit there each week and tell the viewing public that it’s YOU WHO PICKS THE WINNER. If you believe that then I have some swamp land to sell you.

  88. Kathee Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    I agree 100% that it’s fixed from the beginning. We will NOT be voting this year but we will watch. If you look at Seasons 2-4, they release the compilation CD just weeks before the finale. If you look at each CD, the winner is always first. Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie. And this is 2-3 weeks before the final 2 are announced! Also look to who Simon raves about. My daughters and I already made a prediction that the girl whose mom is the vocal coach is going to be in the final 3, possible the “handpicked” winner just like Carrie Underwood was. Watch and see people!!!

  89. Mo Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    I anxiously await the start of “voting” for this season’s American Idol. Why? I can’t wait to see how the script is going to play out this season. Who will be the “shocking elimination”? Who will be “the no-talent who stayed weeks too long”? (This will be the one -that- website will claim credit for keeping in the competition week after week.) Who will have their not-so-nice past brought to light, maybe even with mug shots?

    American Idol is not an actual singing competition. It’s a reality show about people who think they’re in a singing competition. The producers are not interested in who is the best singer… it’s all about making “good television.” That’s why they show us the backstories. Doesn’t matter if you’re not the best singer, as long as you’ve got a story that gets people pulling for you week after week.

    What does this have to do with voting? Not a darn thing. Kind of like American Idol.

  90. mizj Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Maybe it’s rigged, maybe it isn’t. Bottom line…the show made you AWARE of the person/people you are now such a huge fan of. You love ‘em? Buy their albums. Go to their concerts. Support them as you would any other artist you enjoy. Winning a TV talent show isn’t what makes you a star. BEING a star and having fans does. Vote or don’t vote, watch or don’t watch. The people who deserve to be stars WILL BE in the end. And the rest of them will either go back to their lives or end up on The Surreal Life.

  91. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Maybe it’s rigged, maybe it isn’t. Bottom line…the show made you AWARE of the person/people you are now such a huge fan of. You love ‘em? Buy their albums. Go to their concerts. Support them as you would any other artist you enjoy. Winning a TV talent show isn’t what makes you a star. BEING a star and having fans does. Vote or don’t vote, watch or don’t watch. The people who deserve to be stars WILL BE in the end. And the rest of them will either go back to their lives or end up on The Surreal Life.

    AMEN TO THAT!

  92. Sandysmom Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    I find it quite interesting that whenever an argument ensues concerning Constantine’s talents his detractors find it necessary to bash him and his fans–they are certainly entitled to their opinions but they are not entitled to call his fans white trash or any other degrading names–instead of stating their opinions they are constantly on the attack which leads me to believe they have nothing of value or interst to say–otherwise they would–

  93. Sandysmom Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    My last post explained how I felt about the bashers–now about the article–as far as I am concerned AI is certainly fixed–they choose their winners so don’t waste your time voting–

    As far as Constantine is concerned he is a unique talent–there is nothing to argue about–either you get IT or you don’t!!!

  94. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Heck, if they picked the winner this year, they did a dang good job doing it. Carrie is at 2 million albums! Oh wait, I forgot, TPTB actually bought those didn’t they? Just like they hid all the Betty albums and the Killer Queen album so no one would buy them. After all, they had a point to make. Silly us!

  95. mizj Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    You don’t have to sell 2M albums to be a success in the music business. As long as you can quit your day job, that’s plenty…for most working musicians anyway. Even the people from AI who aren’t huge successes are still bigger and more famous than people who have been working their whole lives. I’m sure they’re just fine.

    As for people bashing Con’s fans…wait till it’s been three years and people still holler at you for liking a runner-up. ;o)

  96. Anonymous Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    You don’t have to sell 2M albums to be a success in the music business. As long as you can quit your day job, that’s plenty…for most working musicians anyway. Even the people from AI who aren’t huge successes are still bigger and more famous than people who have been working their whole lives. I’m sure they’re just fine.
    **********************************************************************
    That’s right Constantine should be grateful for the amount of success he’s had so far. In fact it’s probably all he’s ever going to get at this point.

    As for people bashing Con’s fans…wait till it’s been three years and people still holler at you for liking a runner-up. ;o)
    **********************************************************************
    right!

  97. singingnurse123 Says:
    February 6th, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    I find all the Constantine bashing comments very interesting. Just like I find it a phenomen that So!! many people try out for AI that in no way can carry a tune or are appropriate to be associated with the idea of being an “AI”. I think Constantine has “it” and we’ll all be seeing more of him as time goes on. He’s mutifaceted and humble and that makes him Very marketable. He can sing, act, model and is personable on tv and with his fans.

  98. Anonymous Says:
    February 7th, 2006 at 12:35 am

    If Ken Warwick were to say that there have been problems with the voting. There would be questions about all of the eliminations since the first season. Therefore, there is no way that there will ever be an admission of something going wrong with the voting process.

  99. Anonymous Says:
    February 7th, 2006 at 8:19 am

    Quote from ComputerConsultant

    American Idol Voting Scandal, Constantine Maroulis’ Fans Demand Recount! May 05

    “The issue with power dialers is not in placing votes (staying on the line for a short time to place a vote) It’s with blocking votes (hanging on the line for a long time to block others from voting).

    AI let’s you place as many votes as you want. Who care’s how you place them (if you use your phone’s redial button or speedy vote).

    The problem is: Deliberately tying up the phone line for a long time so others can’t vote: I.E. using them to block votes, not place votes.

    That is the problem. You can’t just say “using power dialers”.

    AI can not tell if a modem is calling them (because the carrier is disabled), a power dialer, or your phone using a redial button.

    All they can tell is:
    1) What number you are calling from
    2) How long you stay on the line (this is the problem)
    3) How many votes you place from your number (AI does not care how many you place but could limit it at some time in the future).
    All they can tell is:
    1) What number you are calling from
    2) How long you stay on the line (this is the problem)
    3) How many votes you place from your number (AI does not care how many you place but could limit it at some time in the future)”.

  100. J. Skellington Says:
    February 7th, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Look for a tasty supporting role in a major theatrical release est. summer 2007.

  101. IdolFan Says:
    February 7th, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    I was rooting for Constantine during AI4. I was shocked when he was voted off. In the end, I’m happy about it because I liked Con’s performances on AI4, but I don’t like his band performances. On the other hand, I’m now glad Carrie won. Her voice is flawless and her new album, Some Hearts is really good!

  102. Anonymous Says:
    February 7th, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    Look for a tasty supporting role in a major theatrical release est. summer 2007.

    —-

    Interesting. That one’s been going around the rumour mill. Can’t think of a better collaboration.

  103. Anonymous Says:
    February 8th, 2006 at 2:17 am

    “The reason his folder was so full of messages is because most of it was hate mail!”

    LMFAO! That is the most ridiculous piece of crap written on this site.Not saying he didn’t get some negative posts in his folder, but to say that MOST of it was “hate mail” is bs and you know it. Just admit it.You can’t stand the fact that Constantine is the most loved out of all of the Idol contestants last year and you just want to see him fail in his career.You are a pathetic, delusional hater!

  104. Petal Blossom Says:
    February 8th, 2006 at 4:50 am

    Most loved??? Carrie Underwood just went Double Platinum in 12 weeks with her album. Constantine’s FLOP album could not even crack the TOP 100! Where were all these “supposed” people who loved him? They sure didn’t love him enough to buy that piece of CRAP he called an album! Where were they??? Huh??? Tell me??? Where were these people??? The ones who loved him did buy the album, he just doesn’t have enough fans to put it on the charts. He is a LOSER and a FLOP and a FAILURE- the most loved was Superstar Carrie Underwood! And her millions of fans bought her album! Constantine has a few delusional fans who laughingly think the vote was fixed when he can’t even place an album in the TOP 100. He didn’t have the VOTES and he didn’t have the BUYERS. He is a third-rate, pathetic, never-was who falls down in front of the camera when he tries to do a kick- he is an embarrassment!! You just keep fooling yourself! Most loved? HAHAHAHA- what a JOKE!! The only thing that people loved about him was he was BOOTED off the show before he could inflict us with another excruciating performance.

  105. Anonymous Says:
    February 11th, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Constantine was not the most loved contestant. He was bashed constantly throughout the competition for his poor choices and his inability to sing well. There will be few fans left when the winner of AI5 is chosen.

  106. Anonymous Says:
    February 15th, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Constantine tastes like chicken.

    How’s that for hooplah?

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