phone numbers wrong again on American Idol 4, this time in the closed captioning.

phone numbers wrong again on American Idol 4, this time in the closed captioning.
Once again, American Idol 4‘s broadcast showed incorrect phone numbers for three of the contestants. As Ryan read did his little host chat with Anthony, Bo, and Vonzell, Reality TV Magazine reports that the closed captioning showed 1-866-IDOLS-01–Carrie Underwood’s number–instead of the contestant-specific number. The text voting number appeared to be correct for those three contestants, and the mistake only appeared in the closed captioning. Of course, this begs the question: How many people who can’t hear well enough and need closed captioning watch a singing competition and then vote? Just how accurate is the closed captioning, which is notoriously bad on other live programs? And do the closed captions say things like, “sound of a chicken being strangled” as Anthony Federov is singing?

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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