Posted on May 28th, 2009 No comments
Fox News recently reported that prior to the final vote on Season 8 of American Idol, AT&T provided phones with free “power texting” capabilitites to Kris Allen fans at a few Arkansas parties. No such promotion was held in San Diego for Adam Lambert. This controversy has led many bloggers and blog commenters to cry foul, and complain that Adam Lambert should’ve won after all.
MTV says the American Idol winner and runner up are “downplaying reports” of the controversy, but even Late Show’s Jimmy Fallon referred to the mixup as “TextGate”.
But conspiracy? C’mon. If you believe there were just under 100 million votes recorded for the two candidates, just based on the sheer numbers alone, AT&T would have had to go to a serious number of Kris Allen parties, give out a serious number of power-texting-capable phones, to a serious number of fans to make a dent in a pool of votes that size. I’m calling this one a simple case of Yet Another Marketing Blunder By A Corporate Goliath.
My $0.02 on the subject: Kris is arguably a better musician and more skilled arranger, while Adam is by far the better vocalist. Is American Idol a singing contest, or a search for a great entertainer? Either way, American teens win, and hopefully we’ll see more of both of them.