American Idol 4 runs wrong numbers; live show airs tonight, with results Thursday.

American Idol 4 runs wrong numbers; live show airs tonight, with results Thursday.
During Tuesday evening’s American Idol 4 episode, the wrong phone numbers were displayed for three of the remaining semi-finalists. Phone numbers listed during the final recap were incorrect for Mikalah Gordon, Anwar Robinson, and Jessica Sierra.

Citing an “insider at the Fox network,” TVgasm first reported Tuesday evening that FOX will reair the episode tonight with the correct phone numbers, broadcasting the results show on Thursday evening instead of Wednesday. Early Wednesday, FOX confirmed some of that, announcing on their web site that the results show will air tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET. But tonight’s 9 p.m., hour-long episode won’t be a complete rebroadcast of last night’s. Instead, it “will combine new live elements with encores of Tuesday’s performances from the remaining 11 contestants.”

Late yesterday, Reality TV Magazine first reported the details about the incorrect numbers:

The number for Mikalah was supposed to be 1-866-43657-09 but the text on the bottom of the screen showed 1-866-43657-01 (which is the number for Anthony Fedorov). For Anwar Robinson the screen text at the bottom showed 1-866-43657-02 (which is the number for Carrie Underwood). Anwar’s correct number should have been 1-866-43657-10. Finally, for Jessica Sierra the screen text at the bottom showed 1-866-43657-03 (which is the number for Scott Savol). Jessica’s correct number should have been 1-866-43657-11.

Curlio.com has screen captures of the wrong numbers, which my editor at MSNBC noted “were not corrected before the show aired on the West Coast.”

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