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Fans of ousted 'Idol' finalist Chris Daughtry demand new vote

UPI News Service, 05/15/2006 

Fans of ousted "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry and some U.S. radio stations are demanding Fox TV bring back the rocker for a new vote.

The Web site,, is circulating petitions that charge problems with the talent competition's voting phone banks after Tuesday night's show warrants a recount of the votes, The Los Angeles Times reported.

So far, more than 33,000 signatures have been gathered on a petition posted at, The Times said.

"Phone lines were messed up most of the night for many people," the petition reads. "The overall voting situation is unfair, but ultimately we believe the voting totals were wrong and demand that Chris Daughtry be brought back to the show ... " reported numerous e-mails and bulletin board posts claiming the phone numbers given out for Daughtry vote accidentally counted toward the tally for contestant Katharine McPhee.

Both AT&T and the independent voting company that handles the chore fro Fox, have confirmed no problems after Tuesday night's show, a Fox spokesperson told

"While acknowledging that dedicated fans may be unhappy with the outcome, the system only reports the decision of the voting public," the spokesperson said. "As we have said before, you can't take votes for granted on this show."

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