From the New York Times:
AT&T representatives helped fans of Kris Allen at the two Arkansas events by providing instructions on how to send 10 or more text messages at the press of a single button, known as power texts. Power texts have a much greater effect on voting than do single text messages or calls to the show’s toll-free phone lines.
The efforts run afoul of “American Idol” voting rules. The show broadcasts an on-screen statement at the end of each episode warning that blocks of votes cast using “technical enhancements” that unfairly influence the outcome of voting can be thrown out.
There were no similar efforts to provide free texting services to supporters of Adam Lambert. Officials of Fox Broadcasting declined to discuss the situation.
What do you think? Did AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of American Idol, influence the outcome? Sure sounds like it to me.