There’s a claim going around the internet that Nigel released data on the final vote tally, which split 50.03% for Phillip and 49.97% for Jessica, for a razor thin .06% difference in votes. Using math, I can deduce that the actual vote difference out of 132 million votes was… 79,200 votes. By God, that comes down to 16 hardcore texters. Imagine — the winner was determined by all of 16 people!
Of course, it’s a hoax. Nigel never released any vote counts in any tweets or interviews. Plus, if the difference was that tiny, Nigel would have tweeted and/or leaked the information to TMZ for some pre-show publicity (and man, they needed it — last night was the lowest rated Idol season finale, even lower than the Kelly/Justin showdown in season one). Ryan would have mentioned how tight the race was multiple times over the course of the show. He didn’t even say anything of the sort when he announced the winner. And there’s still nothing on TMZ indicating this was a close race. If Ryan doesn’t bother mentioning how close the vote was, then it wasn’t even close.
There are many social media index sites that have egg on their face this morning. They all had Jessica winning because of her high YouTube views, Facebook fans, and Twitter mentions. Of course, there’s no proven correlation between any of this and actual votes, so it’s likely that any correct predictions were simply coincidence. And none of them took into consideration that Jessica’s large Filipino base couldn’t vote and was inflating her SMI in comparison to votes. One of the sites even pointed out that Phillip had more Facebook fans if you only went by US members. And then declared Jessica the winner anyway. I guess they were too enamored with their own methodology to see the glaringly obvious.
And I already know who is going to win the show next year. Say Hello to WGWG6.
I don’t know if he can sing, but he’s got all the measurables.