Reality television shows rely heavily on the choices and feelings of their audiences, none more than singing competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice. This week, when fans of The Voice cast their votes online, apparently there were some technical difficulties. During last night’s broadcast, The Voice host Carson Daly addressed the voting mishap – saying that the show wanted to be “completely upfront” with the audience.
“We noticed some inconsistencies with this week's texting and online voting,” Daly said. However, it should be noted that the voting inconsistencies did not affect the outcome of the show. The company responsible for tallying votes for The Voice, Telescope, also handles the votes for American Idol, The X Factor and other shows. Telescope CEO Jason George said after the incident that their system caught an inconsistency in a portion of this week’s voting data. "For fairness, those votes have been removed from Monday and Tuesday's results, but we want to assure fans and artists alike that this in no way affected the outcome for any team,” said George.
NBC released their own statement in regards to the voting problems. “On this week’s episodes of The Voice, we encountered issues with the systems used for online and SMS voting. We are addressing both issues, and in an abundance of caution are not counting the votes that may have been affected. Telescope, the independent company that administers voting for the show, has certified that removing those votes does not affect the outcome for any team.”