American Idol 3/1/07 eliminations *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Kamakzie, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Mar 3, 2007 #141 of 150
    justapixel

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    But then Ryan can't announce, "Over five million votes came in, and America has decided...."
     
  2. Mar 3, 2007 #142 of 150
    uncdrew

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    That's quite clever.


    I thought it just used the people dialing with them as a sampling. Like the Gallup poles and such.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2007 #143 of 150
    katbug

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    Exactly! :p We'll find out a little more realistically how many people are voting. It's funny how much pride they take into how many votes they got called in, like it's their actual viewership.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2007 #144 of 150
    unixadm

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    I agree that they should limit the number of calls per number.

    When they did "Last Comic Standing", voting was limited to 3 calls per number.

    Of course, there are ways of cheating....I called 3 times from my cell phone, 3 times from my wife's cell phone, 3 times from my house, and 3 times from my office.

    On a particular voting session, because I have Vonage, I guess they couldn't capture my phone number correctly, and I was able to vote more than 3 times.

    But even with the "cheats", it would limit what people could do.

    I think they should allow 1/2 the amount of votes as the number in the competition at that point.

    10 people in the running...you are allowed to vote 5 times.

    8 people...4 times..

    etc...


    This has gotten out of hand....the contestants are showing shock as to who was eliminated, and even the judges are shocked.

    The producers brought this on themselves...they turned it from a singing talent contest to a popularity contest driven by the internet.

    Oh well.....in the end, I expect that the best couple of singers will end up in the head to head, and both of them will have a great career in front of them.
     
  5. Mar 4, 2007 #145 of 150
    wprager

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    Didn't it used to be 50 cents per call? I'm sure of it. This year it's toll-free. Last year it would have been pretty expensive to DialIdol $250 worth of Pickler. I wonder if the reason it's toll free now is that they had implemented something else to throttle the auto-dialers. And, besides, just what percentage actually use DialIdol? Is it statistically significant?
     
  6. Mar 4, 2007 #146 of 150
    pdhenry

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    Idol has been toll-free for as long as I've been speed-dialing...
     
  7. Mar 4, 2007 #147 of 150
    Dreaday

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    Yeah I thought it was always free. I love Chris!!!!!
     
  8. Mar 4, 2007 #148 of 150
    wooh

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    For me it was Simon's "And... I love puppies."
     
  9. Mar 4, 2007 #149 of 150
    bareyb

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    It's even worse that they are required to sing the very song that got them sent home in the first place. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Mar 4, 2007 #150 of 150
    JETarpon

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    I used DialIdol last year, but haven't set it up this year yet.

    It's actually a pretty slick little program. You can give it a list of people to vote for, explicitly, and it will rotate through, voting for them. You can also give it a list of people to "make safe" and it will vote for anybody in that list who is currently in trouble. Or you can give it a list of people to "make unsafe" and it will vote for anybody NOT on that list who is currently in trouble. While it runs, it connects back to the server periodically to report your results (who you voted for, how often you got through, and how often it was busy) as well as get the current approximate ratings, so it knows how to vote for make safe/unsafe.

    It is quite easy to cast hundreds of votes in that 2 hour window. Just run it, and forget it.

    If they REALLY wanted to screw with the results, they would develop a version that dialed out using freeworlddialup or some other free VOIP service that allows free toll-free numbers. Then you wouldn't even need a phone line AND you could spoof your caller ID information to vote in multiple timezones. I bet freeworlddialup wouldn't like that, though.
     

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