May 27th, 2009
11:07 AM ET
Can it be called "Textgate"?
Some of the "Lambs," as the hardcore Adam Lambert fans are known, are up in arms over reports that "American Idol" winner Kris Allen may have gotten a voting boost courtesy of show sponsor, AT&T.
The New York Times reported that representatives from AT&T provided free phones and lessons on how to "power text" at two fan parties held in support of Allen in his home state of Arkansas.
Fans of the show could only text in their votes via AT&T's mobile network, and employees reportedly provided demo phones and taught party attendees how to to send 10 or more text messages at the press of a single button, which is known as "power texting." The story was first reported in an article in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
According to the Times, AT& T released a statement Tuesday. “In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community," a spokesman for the company said. "A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.”
Lambert fans apparently were not afforded the same opportunity.
Fox has so far declined to comment.
At the finale, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest did not announce how many votes separated Allen and Lambert. Moreover, there were initial reports of a huge amount of votes coming out of Arkansas.
But was Allen's home state also his swing state? We may never know.
Was the final vote fair? Post your comments below or head over to iReport to share video of your reaction.
(Update, 10:25 a.m. Thursday: Here's the "Showbiz Tonight" panel on the controversy:
Tell us what you think. )
–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer
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