DWTS producer says voting isn’t irregular this season, duplicate votes are removed

The executive producer of Dancing with the Stars, Conrad Green, has contradicted a report that said it’s possible to vote hundreds of times using different e.mail addresses, because the show’s system wipes out votes that come from the same IP address. He also called Bristol Palin “inspiring” and said the reaction to Brandy’s elimination is “unfair.”

The controversy over voting, if it can be called that, originated with a blog post that encouraged people to vote from different phones and e.mail addresses; one commenter reported voting 300 times. (The pro-Sarah Palin blog is reveling in the attention while mocking the media’s reaction.)

But voting 300 times from the same computer is unlikely. “It’s possible to register lots of email addresses, but the IP address identifies which computer sent it. If that does happen, we wipe out [those votes]. We have a number of security checks to identify people trying to multiple vote,” executive producer Conrad Green told the New York Daily News.

Of course, it’s possible to fake one’s IP address, but that’s more difficult than just creating fake e.mail addresses and registering over and over again–which isn’t necessarily difficult, but is annoying enough that I can’t imagine most people would bother.

Green also said that voting for Bristol Palin and the other contestants this season is typical. “There’s nothing in the voting that looks dissimilar to previous seasons,” he said.

Responding to the horrified response to Brandy’s elimination, Green earlier told the Los Angeles Times that this season has been “unpredictable” but praised Bristol Palin: “I feel bad for Brandy because I would have loved to have seen her go head-to-head with Jennifer, like she has been all season. We all have been a bit robbed of that. But, at he same time, if Bristol had gone, I’d been devastated because she’s grown more than any other dancer on the show. It’s an inspiring story, and she’s a representation of the audience on this show. If you take the party politics out of it, she’s inspiring. I feel for her. She’s 20 years old, she’s got no experience, and everything people are springing on her is pretty unfair, really.”

And Carrie Ann Inaba told the paper, “Yes, we all expected Brandy to be in the finals. I think that goes without saying. But it happens. It happens every season. People forget the uproar that we had when Mario Lopez lost to Emmit Smith. Emmit wasn’t as good of a dancer but he had something that touched America’s hearts.”

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