Country votes again after 'American Idol' error

March 24, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - Three wrong numbers and an extra day simply delayed the inevitable for one of the 11 remaining "American Idol" contestants.

The nation's favorite talent contest held a second vote Wednesday after the week's telephone tally on who gets booted from the show was thrown out because incorrect call-in numbers were listed for three of the contestants.

A special 30-minute edition of the show was held Thursday to announce the latest cast-off.

During the first voting Tuesday night, Fox displayed incorrect call-in numbers for viewers who wished to support contestants Mikalah Gordon, Anwar Robinson and Jessica Sierra. Viewers decided who goes by either phone or text-message votes; the contestant with the fewest votes goes home.

The network quickly decided to simply hold another vote with the correct phone numbers, and gave viewers a chance to hear the contestants to sing again on Wednesday.


While the error was embarrassing, it also gave Fox a chance to air an extra hour of network television's most popular series - hardly a hardship in a competitive ratings environment.

The show's executive producer, Ken Warwick, dismissed the suggestion that there was anything intentional about the miscue.

"It's rubbish," Warwick said. "We wouldn't contaminate the success of the show in fiddling with it, and that's the truth."

Also still in the running were contestants Bo Bice, Anthony Fedorov, Constantine Maroulis, Scott Savol, Nikko Smith, Vonzell Solomon, Nadia Turner and Carrie Underwood.

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