Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Former Law & Order Director Sentenced to 10 Years Probation for Child Pornography Charges
- Read the Cover Story: Matthew McConaughey: Love, Family & What I've Learned
- Hillary Clinton Takes Giant Selfie with Digital Content Creators at Town Hall Discussion: 'We Have to Send This to Ellen!'
- John Mayer Says He's 'Ready' to Find His Next Girlfriend: 'I'm More Mature Than I've Ever Been'
- Former American Idol Contestant John Stevens Hit By Van in Massachusetts
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- May 31, 2004
- Vol. 61
- No. 21
Idol Voting: What's Right, What's Wrong
Up to 75 Percent of the Calls Don't Get Through in Some Markets. Fox Says the System Still Works. Here's Why
FOX is feeling the heat. While a record 28 million votes were tallied one recent week, millions of Idol fans are not getting through. According to Verizon, for example, three of every four calls in Hawaii got a busy signal on May 11. Why? All calls to Idol's toll-free 866 numbers must first go through local phone carriers that can't handle the surge, resulting in jammed circuits on Tuesday nights. "If s like trying to take the L.A. freeway grid and push it through the New York subway system," says Kevin Laverty, a spokesman for Verizon, the nation's largest local carrier. So-called phone phreakers, who use computer programs to redial up to 1,200 times per hour, add to the congestion. But "we have sophisticated monitoring procedures," says Sandy King of Telescope, which is paid by FOX to tabulate Idol's votes. "Production reserves the rights to remove any votes cast using unfair means."
Questions about voting for regularities first surfaced in season 1, when favorite Tamyra Gray didn't make it to the final three. This season viewers gasped when John Stevens outlasted Jennifer Hudson. After London was booted instead of Jasmine Tries, notions of a Hawaii conspiracy—aided by a time-zone advantage and a grassroots movement—a filled Internet chat rooms. In fact only 1.2 million Hawaiian votes m were cast for her.
FOX says the voting for the May 25 finale will be extended to four hours. Beyond that, Idol has no plans to limit people to one vote or implement a fee-driven 900 service, says King: "We still have the biggest, best and fairest system available in North America." That leaves just one recourse: Keep calling. "People say, 'Oh, I loved her performance,' " says judge Paula Abdul, "but they forget that they've got to call in."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!