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Could Dancing With The Stars Phone Mistake Lead To A Re-Vote?

November 15, 2006 01:52 AM by Joe Reality

Phonelines_dancingAccording to the ABC.com Dancing with the Stars website, “For the finals on Tuesday, November 14, the phone lines across the country will be open till midnight, Pacific Time (12 am PT).”  After reading this message, Eastern and Central time zone voters likely felt they had plenty of time to get their votes in for their favorite dancer. 

However, according to posts on the official ABC Dancing with the Stars message board, some viewers encountered busy signals up until the time that they got a message that the phone lines were closed in their time zones.  Some viewers were also receiving the phone lines closed for their time zone message well before the advertised 12 AM Pacific Time cutoff. 

Reality TV Magazine tested the phone lines for both dancers at approximately 11:30 PM Central Time.  Two and a half hours before the advertised 12 AM Pacific Time cut-off, we received the message “Thanks for calling Dancing with the Stars, your time zone is currently closed.  Please place you vote at www.abc.com.” 

So why were the phone lines cut-off before the time that was promoted on ABC.com?  On the Dancing with the Stars Finale performance show, Samantha Harris made the comment, “We’re going to keep those phone lines open for an extra special 90 minutes tonight after the show.”  Apparently, there were conflicting cut-off times being promoted on the Dancing with the Stars show and on the ABC website, and the real cut-off time appears to have been the one promoted on the show.    

Since the inaccurate phone line cut-off time information on the ABC website affected both dancers, ABC probably will not hold a re-vote under the assumption that both dancers were affected equally.  However, it’s also possible that more viewers in the Eastern and Central time zone who initially encountered busy signals thought they had plenty of time and waited until too late to vote.  Emmitt Smith fans could argue that he has a huge fan base in the Texas in the Central Time Zone, and he could have been affected more by the inaccurate information on the ABC.com website.  Of course, if DialIdol.com is accurate, then Emmitt Smith is going to win anyway, so the complaint might be a mute point. 

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29 Responses to “Could Dancing With The Stars Phone Mistake Lead To A Re-Vote?”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 3:19 am

    You can also vote online, so if your phone line doesn’t work, get on the internet.

  2. shelley Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 6:57 am

    I ran into another problem that I haven’t yet seen reported elsewhere. I called at around 8:30 EST to vote for Mario & Karina, and got through after a couple of busy signals. A few more busy signals, and I got through again. And got through a third time — but on that call, the canned voice told me I had already reached the maximum number of votes for that phone line.

    It;s my understanding that each caller can vote FIVE times, not twice. I tried a couple more times, same thing.

    I then grabbed my cell phone, and the FIRST time I got through, I was informed that I had already voted the maximum number of times with that phone number — but in fact I didn’t successfully vote at all with that number!!!

    This is much more disturbing than the phone lines being open for a shorter duration than what people thought.

    Has anybody else heard anything similar?

    I went to abc.com and voted that way, so I didnt lose out altogether, but am really wondering what the heck happened with the phone system.

  3. Swingman Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 11:02 am

    I was limited to 4 votes on my land line before hearing I had reached the maximum number of votes for that phone line. On my cell phone I heard “Thanks for calling Dancing with the Stars, your time zone is currently closed. Please place you vote at http://www.abc.com.” only 70 minutes past the show ending. I could have used the additional 20 minutes because the line was busy for Emmitt and Cheryl most of the night. More voting lines would have helped.

  4. Ann Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    I don’t really care who wins, but if it were judged solely by talent and dance ability then Mario would win. And I like Emmit better than mario, but Mario is by far the best dancer they’ve ever had.

  5. Thorn E. Dawg Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    I also had the experience of getting thru just twice before being told I had reached my call in limit. My cell phone would never get thru for Emmitt but on the first attempt it got thru for Mario.

    Lawrence Kansas

  6. Okie Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Each week you are allowed the number of votes….of remaining contestants. When there were 5 contestants left you were allowed 5 votes. Now there are 2 contestants left you are allowed only 2. They have spoken of this each and every week.

  7. AMY Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 3:45 pm


  8. Anonymous Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    You now are limited to only 2 votes. You had your chance to also vote at abc.com so don’t complain.

  9. Build a border wall Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 6:18 pm

    Vote for Emmitt and Cheryl! If Mario wins, it’s only because all the illegal immigrants from Mexico and those that hang out at those Taco stands will be voting. It’s hard to win when you have millions of illegals voting. US Gov’t, please stop the flow of illegals coming from the South!!

  10. 2gloria Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    To BUILD A BETTER WALL-What is the matter, too much brown skin making you look like the unfinished human that the lord forgot? Get over yourself,Not all mexicans are illegals, a smart person would know that, but then, only a fool would write (?) like you…

  11. Shelly Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Mario got ripped off. He was by far the better dancer. Emmitt was good and had improved alot but Mario could do more moves and grooves than Emmitt could ever even think about doing.

  12. Phil Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve always been an Emmitt Smith fan, and think Emmitt did a great job, but like the other post said when it comes to dancing ability, Mario was on another level. He got robbed, and I am not an illegal Mexican. That is just the truth. It was a popularity contest. I like Emmitt, he is a great guy, but Mario was the winner and I watched every show.

  13. Mario's Mom Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    Well deserved Emmitt!!! I told you Karina will bring Mario down. HA! Try again Karina. YOU LOSE!!! HAHAHA!!!

  14. Ed K Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    I think that watching Emmett dance was like watching paint dry. There was nothing exceptional about his dance style. He did the same moves to every dance.
    Mario, on the other hand, was exciting to watch. Every dance he did had difficult, thrilling moves.
    I think the judges judged Mario with more scrutiny than Emmmett.
    Mario got robbed.

  15. Peggy Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Mario was by far the better dancer and I am shocked that Emmit won. He is a great guy but not nearly the great dancer Mario is. My heart breaks for Mario and his partner as they are the true winners and there is no doubt about that. something is went terribly wrong with the voting. This is an outrageous mistake.

  16. gladys Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    This was my first time watching this show, AND DEFINATELY MY LAST! I thought this was a dancing contest, not a popularity contest. Leaving the votes to the average person makes for great reality, but then the show should not be portrayed as a contest of ability. Remember you have people (idiots) like the one stereotyping Mexicans at taco stands voting. And these are the people’s votes that are supposed to count. I wonder where his illegal immigrant grandparents or great grandparents came from.

  17. Stacey Bates Says:
    November 15th, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    I, too, am very upset with the outcome of this show. Mario clearly was the better dancer, and yet Emmitt won. How fair is that? It makes me not want to watch this again next season.

  18. Kenton Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 12:27 am

    As a ballroom dancer, I’m disappointed that Mario did not win. He was better than Emmitt in every way – not just technical skill, but sportsmanship. The moves that Mario did are technically advanced and most people would not be able to pick it up even with years of practice. Therefore, prior experience doesn’t help. It is simply innate.

    He was humble and grateful to his fans. Emmitt made long strides and I admire him for his determination and hard work, but in the end, talent and skill should matter. I would think that the finals should be judged by the normal judges, a panel of ballroom judges, and the public.

  19. david Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 5:15 am

    It has been obvious for some time the contest was fixed for Emmitt to win. I blame the judges for letting it be close enough that Emmitt’s larger fan base could steal it for him. Mario is by far the better dancer. And Karina is world class.

  20. ashley Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 10:59 am

    I think mario knows that he won.He
    doesn’t need that ball thing to show for it.anyone with a pair of eyes and half a brain knows that.mario you set out to make you mother proud,and you did.You made you fans proud.I like emmit I always did there is know reason for me not to like him.But I know a good dancer when i see one.and that sir you are.OH and I am not an mexican but i wouldn’t care,what wrong with been an mexican.some of these people need god in there life.

  21. Tunisia Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 11:26 am

    I agree with the ones saying that Mario could’ve won! ABC should do a dance-off! I believe Mario and us fans were robbed!

  22. gloriaher Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    I loved Emmit’s comittment, but Mario was the best dancer by far. I was only able to get through 4 times on 3 different phone lines.

    I don’t think I will be tuning in next season.

  23. Gerardo Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    The judges gave Emmitt high points, never Emmitt will dance like Mario, they were not honesty,and when I made my 4 call for Mario the record said I reached my limit, this competition was prepare in favor of Emmitt.

  24. Marion Guild Says:
    November 16th, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    I was also very dissappointed that in a dance contest, the obvious best dancer did not win.I could not stop thinking about it. I too,was only allowed 4 votes, after my 4th call the voice said that I had reached my limit.
    Dancing With The Stars has become my favorite show on TV, but I think there should be a different method of voting, to make sure the best dancer wins.
    Mario Lopez was the most amazing dancer I had seen,
    he was a joy to watch.
    Vancouver Canada

  25. Perceptions Says:
    November 17th, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Was there a Dancing Conspiracy?

    Okay, maybe not so much of a conspiracy, but was there perhaps technical difficulty during the “Dancing with the Stars” finale? I must admit, my chin hit the floor when Emmitt Smith was announced the winner. Not that Emmitt wasn’t…

  26. Barb Says:
    November 18th, 2006 at 10:03 am

    Emmit and Cheryl were Great if Karina was the better dancer why does Cheryl have TWO TROPHIES.
    Emmit,Joey,and Mario were equally
    as good. To me Emmit had the edge he enjoyed every dance.
    Everyone forget the fans are not judges and don’t know every rule.
    We vote on who danced better to us.
    Its a show people. The way that Karina and Mario acted, they deserved to lose and are BIG CRY BABIES, they have NO CLASS.
    Having the viewers vote is 100 percent of the fun. Emmit got more
    votes live with it

  27. la india Says:
    November 20th, 2006 at 9:01 am

    it happend to me too I called and called and it was busy and then they said I reach my end and I didnt even vote whats up with that

  28. terrichacho Says:
    November 22nd, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    mario unjustly lost. i thought that the show was about the more talented dancer. or at least thats how i would have judged it ,if i could have gotten through.if the phone lines were so busy then why didnt mario win.why even have a show that isnt true to its viewers?makes you wonder!

  29. www.lake-shore.co.uk Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 11:37 am

    You can also vote online


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