Domain names may reveal American Idol 5’s top 48 contestants

The top 48 American Idol 5 semi-finalists may have been revealed by URLs registered on the same day with the company that producers used.

Livejournaler Cambler “looked up all registrations done by NetNames UK on December 9th, 2005,” focusing on “the same registrar that the Idol production company uses.” The result was a list of 51 URLs with names–most of them American Idol 5 finalists. The other three were apparently coincidentally registered on this day.

The list, of course, represents a minor spoiler, as the Hollywood round, which begins next week, will feature well over 100 contestants.

American Idol Top-48? [I Run the Internet]

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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.