Text, online votes on The Voice not counted after “issues,” “inconsistencies”

Votes cast online and via text this week on The Voice weren’t counted because the company that handles voting for the show noticed “inconsistencies” and “issues,” but viewers were assured that removing those votes did not affect the outcome.

Carson Daly said that the show’s voting company, Telescope, which also manages voting for American Idol and other shows, “certifies that removing those votes did not affect the outcome for any team.”

Its CEO appeared on stage and chatted with Carson Daly, if you count overly scripted, carefully worded banter as a chat. “We quickly identified the problem and we were able to taking steps moving forward to make sure it doesn’t reoccur,” Jason George said. In a statement, NBC added,

“On this week’s episodes of The Voice, we encountered issues with the systems used for online and SMS voting. We are addressing both issues, and in an abundance of caution are not counting the votes that may have been affected. Telescope, the independent company that administers voting for the show, has certified that removing those votes does not affect the outcome for any team.”

This is both remarkable transparency and still rather mysterious; it’s also fascinating that text and online votes didn’t affect the outcome, either because they tracked closely to call-in votes, or because there were so relatively few of them.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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