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Last night on American Idol Elliott got the boot (alas).
They handled the results differently than usual -- they actually announced the percentage shares of the vote for the three contestants: 33.06, 33.26, 33.68. (They didn't identify which person got which of the other two percentages.)
33-33-33 OMG! Cue oohs and aahs from the AI theatre audience at the incredible closeness of the vote. But it's misleading.
It's well known that a huge number of votes gets blocked because even though they provide multiple phone numbers to call for each contestant, all the numbers get jammed for the whole two hours of the voting period at this stage of the contest, so people face busy signals and have to keep dialing to make any votes count. (I kept calling to vote for Elliott and actually got through only 3 times.)
So it appears that the percentages of the vote total are just indicating that the carrying capacity of the phone lines was reached for all three contestants, and what difference there was in voter preference has been artifically collapsed down to look very small because we (and they) are unaware of a massive number of intended votes that are dropped as busy signals.
Put another way, the show's voting infrastructure is woefully insufficient to the load.
On some boards, people have even speculated that the text-messaging votes are what made the most difference because of the flooding of each contestant's phone inputs. (We don't use Cingular, so the text messaging option is out for us.)
I doubt the outcome would be different if all the votes had gotten through; but to present the raw percentages as though every vote was actually counted and shockingly the result was so evenly divided is misleading.Music 3 comment(s)
I think the numbers for the vote are faked. The real winner is already chosen and agreed to demand less income than the other candidates.
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