One of the particular oddities about the audience picking the winner of "American Idol"–or for that matter, who get gets eliminated every week–is that it’s not democratic.
If it was democratic, it would be one person, one vote. Of course the way ‘Idol" works is that viewers can "stuff the ballot box," so to speak, by voting as many times as they wish.
According to a poll by HCD reseach, which talked to 3,901 viewers of "Idol" on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 25 and 26, Crystal Bowersox received 66.2% of the votes and Lee Dewyze only received 33.8% of the votes. The methodology of the poll was that each person got a single vote.
In a statement Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research, said,“I would be interested to see a frequency distribution of the number of votes per person for the American Idol final vote. My guess is that you would see a smaller number of people voting many times, which does not give an accurate reflection of which contestant the majority of viewers wanted to win.”
During the finale Ryan Seacrest usually says how many votes were received. He did not do this on Wednesday night’s show, leading to widespread speculation that the number of votes were fewer than last year.
What is known is that the ratings for the finale were down significantly. Click here to see that story.