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Fox network, along with American Idol producers have come out swinging against new reports that the AI finale voting was rigged.

If you haven’t heard by now, the NY Times reported that AT&T provided phones for free text-messaging services at two Allen parties in Arkansas on the night of the finals. Citing sources, The Times reports that AT&T reps showed party-goers how to “power text” – cast 10 votes at the touch of a button, which violates show rules.

So basically we are all suppose to get all up in arms over what amounts to probably about a few hundred votes or less than .000000001% of the total votes? Newsflash to NY Times, the total votes from the Idol finale amounted to tens of millions. And numerous reports have pointed out that the voting was not even close at all. Kris Allen won by a large margin, thus making these reports even more ridiculous.

The full statement given by Fox and AI producers is below -

“Fox and the producers of American Idol are absolutely certain that the results of this competition are fair, accurate and verified. Kris Allen is, without a doubt, the American Idol. We have an independent third-party monitoring procedure in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process. In no way did any individuals unfairly influence the outcome of the competition.”

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DWTS contestant, Melissa Rycroft admits to UsMagazine that she really wanted to win after Shawn Johnson was named season eight winner of Dancing with the Stars at the finale. “I wanted that mirror ball trophy, I really did,” she tells Usmagazine. “But I don’t need it because I know I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I could.

Rycroft who rose to fame after being dumped on national TV by Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor is thankful to have been one of the final three competitors, along with Johnson and Sex in the city star Gilles Marini.

According to Rycroft, her life has changed over the last several months and she is grateful for the opportunities she has been given. “Never in a million years did I imagine I’d be dancing with an Olympian and someone who was in a blockbuster movie,” Rycroft said after she and partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated Tuesday.

Rycroft feels like they all won because they all worked hard. “Backstage, we were all really happy for each other. We started reminiscing about our journeys and how far each of us has come and the last time we were all out here, we all got perfect scores”, Rycroft continues.

So what’s next for Rycroft? Now that she’s in the reality show spotlight, will she try to stay there? “I really don’t know,” she tells Us. “I’m not going to pursue anything right now, but if things come my way I will look into them.” Melissa is open to any opportunities that may come her way and she seems to have a bright future ahead of her.

Most people thought Marini will win the trophy but even though he took Second-place he is “thrilled” for Johnson but disappointed he let his son down. Marini lost by less than one percent. “I told my son I was sorry because he only understands one thing and that is, “Daddy lost,” so it is difficult for him to understand,” Marini tells Us. Not to worry, he plans on getting his son lots of gift to make up for the loss.

Marini hopes to be involved in several meaningful projects in the future. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of either Marini or Rycroft.

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AI alum, Clay Aiken, who lost to Ruben Studdard in 2003 claims to watch the American Idol show once during every season. According to Aiken, he caught Lambert’s rendition of “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. Aiken bashed the performance, referring to it as “contrived,” “awful” and “slightly frightening.” Like that wasn’t enough, Aiken also said, “He thought his ears would bleed”.


But wait — there’s more. Aiken aims his wrath on “Idol” itself. He thinks the series showed bias for Lambert over ultimate champ Kris Allen.


I don’t understand why these celebrities say one thing and then try to retract when the damage has already been done. Clay has since apologized to Lambert via his fan site on Saturday morning, saying it was just his opinion.

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In a recent interview with Jay Leno, the newest American Idol winner, Kris Allen, said he was advised by both Simon Cowell and wife Katy (pictured above) to keep his marriage a secret. The rationale was that if some viewers knew he was married, it could affect his votes on the show. Obviously, they were wrong.


Both Allen and Katy have been married since last year September. I just hope they are both ready for stardom.

Allen also says that not only is Adam Lambert gifted but he is also one of the best performers to grace the Idol stage. Allen looks forward to working with Lambert in the future. I personally love Allen’s style of music and can’t wait for him to work on his album.

Katrina Darrell aka “Bikini girl” thinks Kara DioGuardi made a fool of herself during the surprise performance on the American Idol finale. While Bikini girl was performing on the Idol stage, DioGuardi joined and took over the song. At the end of the performance, it was obvious that Bikini girl had no idea that DioGuardi would be joining her on stage.

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If you remember during the Idol auditions, DioGuardi dogged Bikini girl’s performance of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love”. A little show down occurred and Kara tried to out sing Bikini girl.

Bikini girl believes that DioGuardi did not succeed in making her look stupid; saying Kara made herself look stupid instead. “I really didn’t think much of the performance, it is live television and anything is possible.”

At the end of the performance, DioGuardi showed off her own two-piece after Ryan Seacrest dared her and promised to make a donation to her favorite charity.


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Kris Allen is the new American Idol, though he seemed shocked at the annoucement of his name. Every poll that I viewed indicated that Adam Lambert would be crowned the newest American Idol. Interestingly, they were wrong. Over 100 million people voted last night.

The night was full of entertainment and wonderful performances ranging from the “Black Eyed Peas“, Fergie, Queen Latifah, Lionel Richie, previous AI contestants and so on. I really loved Lil Rounds’ and Queen Latifah’s performance together. The Queen looked great with her new hair do. The Black Eyed Peas with Zebra Man Group also performed “Boom Boom Pow.” Kris Allen and Keith Urban performed “Kiss A Girl.” Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper gave a brilliant performance. AI Judge, Kara DioGuardi also performed with “Bikini girl”

This ends the eight season of American Idol until next year. Good luck to Allen as he works on his new projects.

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Carrie Underwood, winner of season five American Idol will be performing at the finale between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Underwood will be returning to the stage where it all started just a few years ago. Underwood has won four grammies and is not slowing down anytime soon. In addition, she has graced the cover of several magazine. Her representatives say, she will be singing this year’s farewell song, a cover of Motley Crue’s metal ballad “Home Sweet Home,” . Proceeds from the digital single to benefit the humane society of the United States for abused and abandoned animals. In march, Underwood made a guest appearance with country star and idol, Randy Travis. Both stars performed that night wooing the audience.

In the 8th season of American Idol, Adam Lambert faces off against Kris Allen. What’s really exciting is that both artist are unique and have different music styles. Most people seems to think that Lambert will out sing Allen. What do you think, we wanted to hear from you? I know Idol lovers can’t wait to witness who will be the next American idol? Stay tuned next week.

top3_110x82On Monday, the three American Idol finalists took the stage to perform live for the nation. As usual, these three contestants will sing their hearts out thriving to get America’s vote and moving on to the next week. They had to sing two songs, one chosen by the judge and the other a personal choice. The last three are Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.

 

Gokey chose to sing “Dance Little Sister” by Terrance Trent D’arby – Paula Abdul’s selection for him. Paula thought he did a great job while Simon said the dancing was somewhat desperate. Jackson thought the performance was energetic while Kara said the performance was not memorable.  Gokey’s personal choice was “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker.


Allen followed Gokey by singing “Apologize” by one Republic which was chosen by Randy and Kara. I thought Kris performed extremely well but the judges and you viewers have the final say. Kara said she wanted more from the performance while Simon criticized her for the choice of song.  Paula said she was proud of him despite the error he made. Allen’s choice for the night was a different and enjoyable version of – Heartless by Kanye West! All judges had nothing but praises after the performance.


Adam sang “One”-Cowell got special permission from Bono and U2 for the song. Adam totally changed the version of the song. Kara thought the performance was unbelievable while Paula calls him the American idol which Simon agrees. Randy said “Adam is in the zone”. Cowell was convinced that Adam will be in the finale.  Adam’s personal choice was an Aerosmith song. Kara was also convinced he will be in the finale.  

 

Following the elimination of  Danny Gokey, leaving two idol contestants to sing it out. As we count the days to the finale, who will be the next American idol. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

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