posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 08:54 AM
I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be posting something like this. But after last night I really have to wonder. A person who appeared to
have a huge fan base, Constantine, was sent home last night. Here is one of the crowd favorites and a person who has avoided (I believe competely)
the bottom 3 getting the least votes and sent home while one of the weakest performers who was predicted by Cowell to be going home finished in the
top 3. There were a chorus of boos from the audience as obviously the wrong person went home. You can make claims for most the contestants as to why
they would get votes but Scott in the top 3? No offense but the guy is an OK singer with a personality problem. He doesn't have the look,
personality or voice to make the top 3 but he gets there while one of the top guys goes home.
How can a vote like this be rigged? Aside from the fact that we never get to see the results? It is quite easy actually. Each contestant has a
phone number that you dial to register votes for. We'll pretend they are 800-555-1001, 1002, 1003, etc. You can control the outcome of the vote by
governing how many trunks go to each number. If 555-1001 had 1000 trunk lines while 1002 had 500 lines it would mean 1001 could handle double the
calls before getting the "all circuits are busy" deal. When you are talking 30 million votes in a night it is easy to see how cutting down only a
few lines could swing the vote. A number of technical problems could have caused one person to get more "all circuits are busy" messages or it
could have been a deliberate shorting of lines for the vote.
There is no other way to explain why someone like Scott gets in the top 3 while the crowd favorite Constantine goes home. I'd like to see the
network correct the problem but after admitting to the voting error a few weeks back its unlikely they will do it again.