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American Idol: Do You Believe The Percentages?

May 18, 2006 11:54 AM by Joe Blackmon

Americanidol_percentagesAmerican Idol finally revealed the percentage of votes for each of the American Idol finalists, and the closeness of the vote was incredible.  In fact, it was too incredible for some American Idol fans, who are questioning the accuracy of the numbers.  Ryan Seacrest announced the percentage breakdown of the fifty million votes cast as 33.68%, 33.26%, and 33.06%.  A Reality TV Magazine reader named Deb wrote in to say, “No way were those votes 33 blank percent each contestant. NO WAY was 50 million in votes split in 3rds. I have MORE of a chance of winning the lottery for heavens sake!”

The exact order of finish was not revealed, but it was revealed that Elliott Yamin had the lowest percentage of 33.06%, and he was eliminated from the competition.  Some fans are also questioning the timing of this information.  Could it be an attempt to address the controversy surrounding Chris Daughtry’s elimination?  Is it being shown so that viewers will know how thin a margin separates the finalists and thus make Daughtry’s elimination more believable?

While most were predicting a very tight finish between Katharine McPhee and Elliott Yamin, it is the fact that Taylor Hicks’ percentage was so close to the other two that is surprising many fans.  While Seacrest never revealed if Katharine McPhee or Taylor Hicks had the highest percentage, it would seem like Taylor Hicks who has never been in the bottom group and has been named as the favorite by Simon Cowell would have a larger lead.  While they clearly note their results are not scientific, DialIdol.com has been amazingly accurate in their predictions, and the site showed Taylor Hicks as having close to a three percentage point lead on Katharine and Elliott in recent voting.  One also only has to look as far as the turnout for the hometown visits for each of the Idol finalist to start wondering how the voting could ever have been that close. 

As unbelievable as the percentages might sound, there is one explanation that could explain them, which might not be too pleasing to American Idol fans.  A frequent complaint among American Idol viewers is that they encounter busy signals while attempting to vote for their favorite singer.  A Reality TV Magazine reader named Terri recently wrote in to tell us, “Do you realize how unfair it is, to the viewer participants, who are trying to vote, and to continually get some sort of busy sound or message?  These are intended votes for the contestant.”  Could the vote percentages be so close because the phone lines are being flooded and each contestant is getting the maximum amount of votes that can get through?  If this is the case, then it could certainly go a long way in explaining all the surprise eliminations. 

Earlier this year, American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick denied that there were problems with the phone lines at national levels, but he did admit to possible problems at the local switchboard level.  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..”  Could it be that the next American Idol will be decided based on which American Idol finalist has the best local switchboard systems in their home state?

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74 Responses to “American Idol: Do You Believe The Percentages?”

  1. uma_badingerZ Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    american idol is trying to make a planned exit from the chris elimination. for all we know, they’re just trying to make it look like it’s close to a tie but actually it’s not. just like this website who likes to ruin other people’s lives by encouraging their fans to kill each other off. when in fact, this website and its crappy author becomes the pilate and just let the people cut each other’s throats.

  2. Kat Lover Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    I hate Reality TV Magazine…They are CLEARLY against Katharine. IMO She blew Taylor and Elliott away with her “Over the Rainbow” rendition. She has the voice, talent, and looks. The WHOLE package. Anyone that has a problem with that is just jealous!!! Katharine also has the big city vote so that is why she got a large number of votes…so there!!!

  3. Kath Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    Katharine does NOT deserve to be the American Idol. She is conceited, self absorbed, and her talent is marginal at best. She’s been off more than she’s been on. She’s nothing new.

    Taylor Hicks, however, is the most unique talent this season. He can sing, he shows real passion, and is a great entertainer as well.

    Katharine has relied more on her looks than her talent. she has copied Fantasia with her performing on the floor of the stage and it doesn’t work. She looks silly. Her supposed “wardrobe malfunction” a few weeks ago was anything but. If you TIVO’d it – look closely. That button was undone on purpose. What a cheap trick for publicity.

    This year was supposed to be the guys year. The guys are head and shoulders more talented than the women in the top 10. It should have been Chris, Taylor and Elliot in the top 3.

    Taylor better win or I will boycott AI next year. If Katharine wins, I will know it’s rigged and that she was the pre-selected winner.

  4. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I think those numbers might have been fabricated. If you look at the American Idol voting results on zabasearch.com, the margins among the contestants were not razor-thin close.

  5. Lori Daly Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    Actually if we are talking about voting errors…When I called to vote for Elliott on Tuesday night, I did get thru about 44 times, but the first 5 or 6 times I called, I received a message from a male voice the said, “the toll free number you are trying to reach has been disconnected.” Now I know I was dialing the right number because it was programmed into my cell phone and I used that same number to get thru 44 times. Perhaps if this error had not occurred for me, and possible for others, Elliott would have advanced to the final 2. The voting system is flawed. It should be done in another way, perhaps via the internet with a passcode like when you buy tickets online.

  6. MB Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    They started trying to state how close votes were when it came time for last season’s finals……….the only way that “question” will be solved is for Fox to hire an independent accounting firm to take charge of the numbers and that will NEVER happen. The question I do have is, with the same time window being utilized every season, along with the SAME number of voting numbers for each contestant, how is it that the voting numbers have incrased so dramatically? Next they’ll try and say there were 16 billion votes cast………..come on now Idol, within the time constraints of the voting window and the constraints of actual phone lines, where are these Magical Additional Votes coming in through??? Oz maybe?

  7. Jonahwine Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    click on the link or cut and paste into your browser, or go to http://www.zabasearch.com, and scroll down. American Idol is making fools of us. There was almost a 4 million vote margin. This is all true. That’s why vega stopped taking bets on the show.

    http://www.zabasearch.com/ai_stats.php

  8. Charlie Mack Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    The column has it right, there are X phone lines set up for each contestent, all this proves is the lines were packed for the number of hours votes were tallied. It’s fair to say more callers you have the less likely there is any “spare” time on available lines.

    But maybe the Elliott callers wanted to hear the entire message and Taylor callers are smarter to hang up faster once they got through.

    Hardly an indication of best singers… The message board has 2 to 1 more activity for Hicks, and I’d say most popular and will win.

    My 2 cents.

  9. Don Hall / BearCreekResearch, LLC Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    There are lies, damn lies and marketing (lawyers) and when statistics is questioned use a load of common sense:

    Is that a Median Average
    Or a Modal Average
    OR a mean Average

    The method, time and accounting for American Idol is the perfect “average” and noting the displeasure with the voting system, fair i may add, and the potential for a true vote tally, a true vote mechanism, then Factor in the Amount of FREE EXPOSURE A. I. gets with each and every post or comment.

    Now, simply fix it and there goes the free cool publicity (even bad publicity is good) or be fair and there goes the advertising dollars who actually believe the A.I. hype.

    Honestly, what you do?

    Don Hall
    BearCreekResearch, LLC
    Lexington, KY

  10. melissa c Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    I have nothing personally against Kat. I will be hontest and say I am a Taylor Hicks fan. I am from Alabama so there you go. But I love Elliot. He is such a sweetheart. But I thought it was in poor taste what Kat’s mother did. I’m not sure how many noticed, or if you taped it but if you did, go back and look. Right when Ryan announced that it was Elliot that was going home, they, as usual, show all family groups, they showed Taylor’s family and they were showing no reaction, not celebrating, showing respect for Elliot, but when they switched to Kat’s mom and dad, her mom had her arms in the air screaming and celebrating, just seconds after Elliot was announced to be going home, before Ryan had a chance to say that Taylor and Kat was the final 2. That is not the time to do that. I know they are happy, Taylor’s dad and friends were happy that he got through, but that is just not done, and the wrong time to do it and very disrespectful. Elliot is a sweet guy and at least needs to be shown some respect for getting as far as he did.

  11. Scott Allan Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    I posted a theory that Cingular subscribers are actually selecting the winner via text messaging because the phone system results in a statistical dead heat.

    http://www.scottallan.com/2006/05/cingular-wireless-decides-idol-winner.html

  12. dvls Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    I believe DialIdol’s percentages:

    Taylor Hicks – 31.638
    Katharine McPhee – 28.759
    Elliott Yamin – 28.286

  13. sally Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    I also had problems trying to get thru to Elliott’s number, but no matter what happened he will go far he’s a very talented and humble person always thankful.
    a wonderful singer. Will miss seeing him on tv but can’t wait til he records his first big hit
    then will see who’s on top!!!

  14. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    DialIdol.com percentages are more believable. And if your theory is right, then no wonder why Katharine made it to the top 2

  15. timeforchange Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    TAYLOR HICKS IS THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL. HE HAS STAGE PRESENCE, SOUL, UNIQUE STYLE, AND THE VOICE! HE WILL KICK KATHARINE’S BUTT FOR ELLIOTT!!!

  16. canuck Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    Some people say only the text votes count

    IMO, the only votes that count are the ones people use to buy the CDs of their favourite performers, regardless if that person is crowned the “Idol” or not. The true winners are the singers that go gold and platinum.

    So next week’s votes don’t really matter. Put your MONEY where your heart is and cast your true vote for a CD.

  17. Jim Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Ok. Two things. First of all, for those of you unfamiliar with percentages… DialIdol’s percentages can’t be completely correct… they don’t add up to 100! At least Ryan’s numbers got that part right, even if I too find those numbers stretch credibility.

    As for those of you who say Taylor is a unique talent. Well, I will give you unique. What I don’t understand is why Simon has backed away from his earlier comments about Taylor being a karoake singer, because IMHO that is all he has ever been… and ever will be. If he wins, I guarantee that in 4 years time he will be nothing more than an American Idol footnote.

  18. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 3:56 pm

    “If he wins, I guarantee that in 4 years time he will be nothing more than an American Idol footnote. ”

    As if you can predict the future. They said the same about Clay Aiken and look what happened. Taylor has a great voice and his moves are what people like. They don’t wanna fall asleep when watching a singer. They want to be able to stand up and dance and enjoy the songs. Tell me what Katharine has that we have never seen in any other singers? This isn’t a beauty contest.

  19. Scooter Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    “But maybe the Elliott callers wanted to hear the entire message and Taylor callers are smarter to hang up faster once they got through.”

    Or maybe the fans of Taylor and Kat called Elliott and listened to the entire message to keep the line busy. Finding out that there are viewers that phoned in up to 50 times made me laugh. Thanks I needed that. Get a life. The show is very entertaining but I leave it up to y’all to waste your time with your phones to your ears.

  20. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    Hmmmmm Idols rigged. SHOCK HORROR! K no not really, i knew that when Chris got voted out! Ah yes think i am a crazy Chris fan.. I am but u no people always try to cover past mistakes. So yes they tried to now so the %. Why now all of a sudden? Feeling under pressure? The problem with Idols now its that can we truly believe that who ever wins was really meant to be there? Its a pity coz even thought the final two are both talented in their own unique ways…America and others (this little South african) will wonder… Was is rigged… I think so but who am i to say I live thousand of miles away… I gues we will see in the near future who rises up… Pity the final two though. I secretly pray Chris will do better just to prove that you dont need the title to be a singer…U need the soul

  21. John A. Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    The percentages seem very close but are not so close when you consider the numbers. For example, the difference between Elliot’s and the next percentage, which was .2%, turns out to be 100,000 votes!
    The best thing that can be improved for next season is the often suggested idea of limiting calling to one per person or household. That would limit or eliminate the phone clogging problem and it would also more accurately reflect popularity of a singer instead of how many calls people can cram in within 2 hours.
    By the way, Elliot deserved to win. The finale is a non-event for me and many others.

  22. maraksattack Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    TAYLOR HICKS WILL WIN!!KAT DOESNT DESERVE TO BE THE IDOL BEC SHE IS ARROGANT CONCIETED AND OVER CONFIDENT.TAYLOR IS A TRUE ENTERTAINER AND A TRUE MUSICIAN WITH PASSION.HE ALSO IS A GREAT GUITAR PLAYER AND PLAYS THE HARMONICA PREETY WELL!!!SOUL PATROOOOOL!!!!!

  23. MARAK Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    PLEASE STOP IT WITH THE CRIS DAUGTRY SOUR GRAPING!!!HE HAS NO PERSONALITY AND IS A BORING PERSON!!!!!!!!!HE ISNT ORIGINAL AS WELL!!!!MAN I HATE CHRIS!!!HE IS A FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. MARAK Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    PLEASE STOP IT WITH THE CRIS DAUGTRY SOUR GRAPING!!!HE HAS NO PERSONALITY AND IS A BORING PERSON!!!!!!!!!HE ISNT ORIGINAL AS WELL!!!!MAN I HATE CHRIS!!!HE IS A FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Jim Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    Can I predict the future? I think so. Maybe the fans of American Idol are too young (don’t flame me! I’m justing positing a possible reason!), but doesn’t anyone else think that Taylor’s dancing looks an awful lot like Elaine’s on Seinfeld? It is best described as a full-body twitching and heaving.

    To repeat… He is a great karaoke singer with moves that defy reason. I am not saying he is a bad singer, just that almost everything he has sung sounds awfully similar to the artist who made it famous… heck he couldn’t even be original when brought Paula up to dance during Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark!” I’m surprised he didn’t try calling Courtney Cox-Arquette to see if she was available!! Then again maybe he did, and she isn’t a fan.

  26. george w. mush Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    umm… IT’S A GAME SHOW, PEOPLE! A GAME SHOW! get over yourselves…

  27. idolbloglive.com Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Episode 39 (Results)

    Blogged Live – East Coast Feed – Results Official (Cue the Host) Tonight we move one step closer to crowning this season’s American Idol. Last night the Top 3 took to the stage each captivating us with 3 songs but 1 still has to go home. Will it be ano…

  28. Jim Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    A GAME SHOW??? Are you kidding me?? Here I thought we were picking the leader of the free world. Oh wait, for that you just need to flip a coin. This is much more involved. Guess it is a game.
    :-)

  29. mary Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    chris was the man. taylor is silly and fake. plus he looks stupid when he dances. please why would you want a retarded looking idol?

  30. mary Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    CHRIS CAN SING AND WAS FINE .SOMETHING TAYLOR IS NOT.

  31. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    . please why would you want a retarded looking idol?

    This is not a beauty contest. This is a singing competition.

  32. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Chris and Taylor can sing, but they both have different styles.

  33. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    I don’t think the voting system will change, because it’d be unfair to the past seasons. It’ll be good to have an All-star American Idol season with a different voting system.

  34. idolbloglive.com Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Episode 39 (Results)

    Blogged Live – East Coast Feed – Results Official (Cue the Host) Tonight we move one step closer to crowning this season’s American Idol. Last night the Top 3 took to the stage each captivating us with 3 songs but 1 still has to go home. Will it be ano…

  35. 123girl Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 6:18 pm

    “This year was supposed to be the guys year. The guys are head and shoulders more talented than the women in the top 10. It should have been Chris, Taylor and Elliot in the top 3.”

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!!!

  36. Geddy007 Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    The max capacity for the best phone lines in america is 800cps (calls per second).

    If you do the math 770 calls per second, times 9 lines, times 60 seconds, times 60 minutes, times 2 hours equals just under 50million calls.

    So, it is not unlikly the average call per line was 770cps, because as we all know NOTHING works at capacity.

    This means you could have had several million calls not counted simply because the lines were running at full capcity for the entire 2 hours…this would account for everyone getting 33%.

    Basically, the winner last night was determined by a random anomoly in the processing. It’s like everyone filled up the container, but one person happened to get in a few more drops.

    WHAT A JOKE! No, AI is not rigged, but don’t ever expect your votes matter this year. As long as the phone lines are at capacity, it’s a coin toss.

  37. greeneyes Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    I think it’s about time, all the teenage guys stopped texting in votes for the “hot-looking” Kat! Its a singing competition, for God’s sake, not a lie-on-the-floor take-of-your-shoes strip tease performance…. And people who’re saying Kat has major talent, are alluding to what??? Mediocracy!?
    She really showed her class by laughing like a second grader whose happy that the teacher didnt send her to the office… If she really is the “type” that get excited too easily, then maybe she should have taken her ADHD pills before coming to the show!

    Kat pretty much shot herself in the foot! We’ll see…

  38. Maxine Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    The numbers on AI are inaccurate.

    Just look at the homecomings:

    Elliot – thousands at a stadium
    Taylor – parade, rooftop, Mall
    Kat – few people in her HS (not even college) gym

    This should give you an idea of the real numbers.

  39. george Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    KAT WAS THE BEST AND IS THE BEST, SHE IS AMAZING AND THAT IT, TAYLOR LOOKS LIKE A BAFOON RUNNING AROUND ON STAGE LIKE THAT,BUT THATS HIS “ACT”, KAT CAN SIT ON THE FLOOR AND HAVE THE MOST AMAZING PREFORMANCE ON THE SHOW THUS FAR, IM SORRY BUT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, THEY BOTH HAVE RECORD DEALS NOW AND WELL SEE WHOS ALBUM WILL DO BETTER

  40. Bobby Rude Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    If this were the day of radio-only, and we couldn’t SEE the contestants, who would win?

    If we backed up a bit, I’d actually say Madisa or Paris. But, to talk about the final three… if you couldn’t SEE the contestant, or hear them talk, but ONLY sing, Elliot would have won IMO. Taylor’s voice is boring and Kat the Brat’s is mediocre. At least Elliot had an INTERESTING voice…

  41. luurvie Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    taylor is obviously going to win american idol, no doubt. but i think he’ll turn out to be ruben studdard.

  42. Bobby Rude Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    If this were the day of radio-only, and we couldn’t SEE the contestants, who would win?

    If we backed up a bit, I’d actually say Madisa or Paris. But, to talk about the final three… if you couldn’t SEE the contestant, or hear them talk, but ONLY sing, Elliot would have won IMO. Taylor’s voice is boring and Kat the Brat’s is mediocre. At least Elliot had an INTERESTING voice…

  43. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    year after year, they feed the same line about problems with the phone, network etc. This is America – can’t they get it right? Obviously they can if they want to or if it isn’t a convenient cover-up.
    This “excuse” was also used to cheat the guy who should have won AI 3 and who is still the best AI contestant – Clay Aiken

  44. Donna Lane Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    I MUST SAY I AM SO DAMN SORRY for MY RUDE AND OBNOXIOUS REMARKS THAT I GAVE IN ALL THE OTHER BLOGS. SLAP ME!!!! SLAP ME!!!!! I mean no harm with that rude remarks above. Please forgive a cheap, guttersnipe whore like me. I don’t mean to be rude but then it is always been my BIG FOULED MOUTH that MESS THINGS UP. If you see my previous messages, I have indirectly use SO MANY FOUL LANGUAGES that I deserve a KICK IN THE BUTT!!!! Call me a BITCH or WHATSOEVER. Me Donna Lane will stay forever true to myself – the cheap whore from 42nd street. Way to go Bo Bice. Sorry for calling you “lice”. In fact, the real lice is myself Donna Lane the cheap lice whore. Sorry to Kat and taylor too for calling you names that is so degrading. Guess I Donna Lane have been so upright rude and deserve a spanking. Spank me everyone….

  45. JS Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    I am an Elliot supporter, so I’m obviously disappointed to see him go. Taylor is my least favorite and he’s still around. Oh well. In the end, it just doesn’t matter very much. Chris, Kat, Elliot, and Taylor–even some that didn’t make it this far–are really talented people. God bless them all. Life is too short to get so worked up about these sort of things. If you like somebody’s album, buy it. If you don’t, then don’t buy it. All three will have a shot to make it in the music industry. We would all do well to improve our own lives, to really go for it like all the contestants on AI have. God bless them and God bless all of you.

  46. yana Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    oh no, AI is making people go crazy. -_-” it’s no use trying to defend your idol and putting down other people’s idols, nothing will change their minds- hell,maybe they’re gonna hate your idol more. and hey, no one can make everyone happy right?

  47. Erik J. Heels Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    American Idol Top Bloggers

    DialIdol.com blows away the competition, but bloggers are better writers.

  48. Jenny Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    I wrote and told my penpal that I couldn’t stand the 2 “K” contestants. She wrote back and told me that in her country, if you someone tells you that you are KK (not full spelling), it means they find you pretentious. So Kat & Kellie.. KK, rightly named!

    I think they should launch an acting career….the simpler life!

  49. Erik J. Heels Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    Joe Reality, I’ve updated my chart to show how you’re doing compared to other American Idol bloggers (and DialIdol).

    Also added some info about why folks should avoid purchasing the $0.99 music from downloads.americanidol.com.

  50. Anonymous Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    DONNA…the mental institution you’re in is supposed to keep you from using the computer. How do you keep getting to use it?

  51. Donna Lane Says:
    May 18th, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    That other person is not me-it must be a fan of that pervert Clay Aiken who has been accused of sleazing on the internet for gay sex, having unsafe sex and not calling the guy back or the photos that schoolteacher said Clay posed for to lure him into some sort of sex thing- DISGUSTING! Who knows!

    At any rate, no one has to make anyone believe that chris daughtry’s exit was anything but true- he was a no-talent pompous worm and you’ll notice that all his fans said they would boycott the show and yet the show got 20 million more votes! In other words, Daughtry HAD NO FANS!!! That vote was correct, Daughtry was a fake rocker who everyone saw had no talent and was always off pitch and just screamed in the microphone, I think people were also turned off by seeing him pick his nose at Graceland- how TRASHY!

    Yes, I believe these percentages becausee people are finding out about Taylor’s arrest a few years ago for DOPE!!! That’s right, courttv.com had a whole thing about Taylor being ARRESTED!! We live in a moral country- these kids are supposed to be role models! Taylor Hicks and that Bo Lice, who got arrested, and that grotesque beast Scott Savol, who was arrested for hitting some poor girl with a phone, NONE of them should be on this SHOW!! And that includes that AWFUL CLAY AIKEN!! Who HAS YET TO EXPLAIN THE CHARGES ABOUT HIMSELF. THE CHARADE IS OVER, AIKEN!!!! You and these other pieces of garbage who got arrested, all of your names should be stricken from this contest!!! SAVE THE CHILDREN! That’s all I have to say- SAVE THE CHILDREN!!!

  52. Anonymous Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 1:26 am

    Taylor’s a lot more sober than you Donna Lane.

  53. Anonymous Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 1:53 am

    As you say Donna Lane, who knows? Until you know something for a fact its best to shut your mouth. Or if you must open it, then sterlise it first.

  54. Jerky Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 2:07 am

    The bigger question is who are the idiots who got Kat’s line to capacity? She’s a marginally talented hack with 0 connection to anything she sings, or should I say, oversings? Damn teeny boppers….

  55. DonnaLaneHater Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 2:12 am

    Gee, ya think an idiot like Donna Lane has something against Clay Aiken? All I got out of her post was blah blah blah blah blah…..a whole lot of hateful nonsense. Take a chill pill, honey, and go spew your hatred somewhere else. Such a pathetic soul.

  56. Anonymous Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 2:23 am

    It’s MEDIOCRITY, not MEDIOCRACY, Geddy 007. Hello? Check your dictionary.

    KAT RULES!!! She’s got the whole package. And she can sing. Chris is BO-RING!

  57. You Know Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 2:44 am

    Kat’s voice is pure and beautiful…you people should try doing what they have just done then see what you would do and how you would react…Bafoons, all of you…Taylor is Great and Kat is not only beautiful but has amazing talent. She will improve with some time and be a giant in the business.

  58. Anonymous Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 6:58 am

    I THINK CHRIS SHOULD OF BEEN THE AI, BUT SINCE HE IS NOT IN THE COMPETITION ANYOMORE, PLEASE VOTE FOR TAYLOR TAYLOR AND TAYLOR, HE DERSERVES TO WIN! PLEASE CHOOSE TALENT THEN FAKE BEAUTY, THANKS! IF ARE REALLY A TAYLOR FAN, THEN YOU BETTER VOTE, OR ELSE.. WELL YOU’LL REGRET IT1 PLEASE VOTE FOR TAYLOR

  59. Anonymous Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 8:01 am

    I work in Information Technology and am almost positive that it is a phone line capacity issue. All phone lines were maxed out, they all have the same capacity, so it will always be a dead heat – except for text messages.

    This is why we will never know who the real winner is, just like the Ruben / Clay fiasco. If you can’t get votes in, how do you really know who wins?

    I would not put it past AI to watch the vote totals throughout the night (Nigel said they do this on AI Extra) and say, hmm, let’s close Elliott’s ot lets’s close Clay’s lines down 30 seconds sooner so he doesn’t win. That is how they can manipulate the outcome.

  60. KM Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 9:10 am

    People, PLEASE open your eyes and vote for Taylor! I am not fan of him, but I will vote for him because Kat doesn’t deserve to be the American Idol. Yes, she has voice, she has looks, but they don’t connect together. Throughout the competition her face never changed no matter what song she was singing. To be a great singer you should have a soul, passion, she doesn’t. Elliot has, I was so disapointed when he was eliminated, but I am sure he will not be forgotten!

  61. Idol Expert Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 9:22 am

    I agree that dialidol has been right on but, to the idiot who said the real percentages were those on dialidol, they only total 88.6%. Duh!
    Not to mention that their margin of error makes it possible for the vote ratio to be very close.

  62. Elle Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 9:30 am

    Not naming any names but DL is back, spewing her vitriol for all to view. But she apparently is having reality problems so lets talk Idol voting! About the votes for this past Tuesday night. Dialidol is not a true picture sinc it is only the phone messages that are counted. ZabaSearch includes both the phone and text. They had a pie-shaped chart and Taylor definitely got a much larger piece of the pie than Kat or Elliott. The figures including texting are: Taylor 39%, Kat 32%, leaving Elliott 29%. Should Idol change their method of voting. Of course they should Will they? Of course not, they like to brag about the 50 Mil votes, which to me is highly suspect.

  63. Jimmy Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 10:10 am

    “Who are the idiots who got Kat’s line to capacity?” asks someone. (I raise hand without embarrassment). Who are the “teenaged boys” who voted for her because of her looks? Not me on that one – I voted for the best singer (Kat).

  64. j Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 10:24 am

    I have believed for a long time that flooded phone lines cause the unexpected results in the later elimination rounds. Basically, it comes down to who gets the most efficient use of their phone lines in the 2 hour period. If callers wait to hear the whole message, they are wasting line time and giving an advantage to the other contestant. Clay and Ruben was a perfect example. Had there been more lines or more time, I firmly believe that Clay would have won. So, it’s up to AI to remedy this issue or continue to let the voting be almost a draw each week especially in the later rounds. As far as DialIdol results for the Taylor/Kat/Elliott vote, they got lucky this week because they only monitored two lines for each contestant instead of all 3. So, although they correctly picked the elimination of Elliott, the overall numbers are probably in doubt. I suspect that it was as close as AI indicated and it will be that way for Kat/Taylor. If you want to help your candidate, don’t listen to the whole message. Your vote is tallied as soon as you hear a voice.

  65. todd Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    Donna Lane is my American Idol. Her posts are hilarious. attack defend save the children.

    vote for Donna

  66. sarah Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    katrene haters SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Genie Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    DialIdol’s percentages are not the percentages each contestant got of the total number of busy signals. Their software tracks the % of the time people dialing a contestant’s number gets a busy signal. So those percentages would not be expected to add up to 100%. Each of 12 contestants’ lines could, for example, encounter 10% busy signals; that would add up to 120%. Or Elliott, Katharine, and Taylor’s fans could each have encountered 50% busy signals when trying to call last week; that would add up to 150%.

    DialIdols methodology isn’t perfect. It can’t track misdirected calls (where you dial right and still get a wrong number) or the ones where you get the “I’m sorry. Your call did not go through.” message. And their tallies depend on who and how many members use their software and report their results — which is not a random sample of AI viewers.

    Still, DialIdol has been amazingly accurate in predicting who would go home each week or at least who would be in the bottom group.

  68. Genie Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Quote: “I would not put it past AI to watch the vote totals throughout the night (Nigel said they do this on AI Extra) and say, hmm, let’s close Elliott’s ot lets’s close Clay’s lines down 30 seconds sooner so he doesn’t win. That is how they can manipulate the outcome. — ”
    Posted by: | May 19, 2006 at 09:01 AM

    That, or keep tabs so they know about how many text messaged votes they need for The Chosen One. $13,440 or so is what Ruben’s margin over Clay would have cost in text messages. I think Katharine’s margin over Elliott would have cost roughly $10,000. Peanuts for 19 Entertainment.

  69. PineCub Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    American Idol is rigged. Period.

    Best example: Rueben over Clay.
    Other examples: Jennifer Hudson and Tamara Gray.

    Katherine McPhee will be your next American Idol because the producers ‘think’ they will make more money off of her than anyone else. The one’s out of this year that will make the most money will be Kellie Pickler (country album) and Chris Daughtry (rock album with his band or Fuel). Katherine’s attitude will be her downfall and she’ll be singing on a cruise ship in three years.

  70. Todd Says:
    May 19th, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Uh, Taylor is already making more than any of them combined. Daughtry’s band Absent Element cd sells for about 15 bucks compared to Taylor’s solo album Under the Radar sells for around 35 bucks.

    Think about it out. Which Idol is most in demand? If the color of money determines and artists worth then Taylor is already leading all of this years contestants. He has greater sales than all the others, including Chris, combined. Win or lose next week he will still have the highest percentage of fans that spend actual money on product.

    don’t hate the gray, you will be there soon and you know what people will hate you just because you’re old

  71. Taylor Hicks Says:
    May 20th, 2006 at 9:50 am

    This is all fun to read guys… and thanks for all the support. However, Kat is really the best one up there. Honest! Sure, I want to win, but the one who deserves it most is Kat.

    Soul Patrol!!

  72. jenell Says:
    May 24th, 2006 at 9:26 am

    I know those percentages look like they are EXTREMELY close, but they really aren’t. Do the math. If there were exactly 50 million votes then the pecentage breakdown like this. (#1)16.84 mil votes, (#2) 16.63 mil votes, (#3) 16.53 mil votes. That’s still a difference of 310,000 votes from 1st to 3rd.

  73. Brian K Says:
    May 23rd, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Excellent final show of Idol. Jordin deserves the win with an excellent voice. All around star quality about her. She will go far in the singing industry. Blake was entertaining and will do well in his singing career. If he’s not to busy maybe we can get him to cut an album for us at http://www.Idol.KidMusic.com , the teen fans seem to really love Blake and his beat boxing and they’d love it even more if it were personalized for his fans. We’ll see if we can make it happen.

  74. www.lake-shore.co.uk Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 10:11 am

    american idol is trying to make a planned exit from the chris elimination.

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