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?

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.