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The ‘American Idol’ Hype Machine Keeps On Rolling

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Among the important news events of the day was President Obamas selection of Hispanic judge Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee. And yet, what story had almost all of the national media outlets foaming at the mouth? The latest American Idol scandal, that’s what. Reports are saying that while AT&T was throwing a company-sponsored party for Kris Allen in his home state of Arkansas, employees were teaching fans how to “power text”, which enables multiple votes to be cast at once.

When this controversial act of “cheating and voter fraud” became public, citizens were outraged…well, at least citizens of media conglomerates were. The fracas then led to an inevitable PR statement by the show’s Producers, Fox and FremantleMedia, to the Associated Press:

Kris Allen is, without a doubt, the American Idol.”

I guess that settles it then. Almost.

While appearing on The Today Show together, Allen and fellow idol-er Adam Lambert further dispelled the “non-troversy” (as he puts it). Says Allen:

American Idol kind of gets you ready for this stuff. People are going to criticize you no matter what, and I had nothing to do with this. I just got up there and sang. I didn’t call up AT&T and say, ‘Hey, I need some more votes.’ “

Yeah right. That’s what they all say.

In other idle news…


Former contestant Clay Aiken felt it necessary to come out with how he felt about 2nd place fan favorite Adam Lambert. Using the blog on his website, he wrote a rambling, overly long and self-indulgent entry about his animosity towards the singer:

‘Now that it’s all over, and for the record… I couldn’t be happier about the way AI ended this year. I only turn the show on once a season, and only to see what the set looks like each year. This year, I happened to turn it during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing ‘Ring of Fire’ and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him.”

And that’s not all. The above excerpt is only a small portion of the nasty blog entry. After media outlets picked up on his post, however, Aiken quickly retracted his bitter words. He removed it from his website and offered an apology to Lambert.

You gotta hand it to Aiken…it was quite a stunt. He was probably trying to start a cat fight in order to garner some much needed publicity. American Idol, without a doubt, is the biggest supplier of non-stories in all the world. 

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