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Report: Outage hurt 'American Idol' vote

April 22, 2004 at 8:00 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- A power outage in the Midwest may have prevented up to 15,000 Jennifer Hudson fans from voting for the "American Idol" contestant.

Hudson received the least amount of viewer votes and was forced to leave the Fox competition Wednesday, but many fans from her hometown of Chicago say they would have voted for the 22-year-old singer, if not for a power outage, the syndicated "Extra" TV magazine show reported Thursday.

Asked on "Extra" if fans can hope for a recount, "Idol" judge Randy Jackson replied, "Dude, I don't know."

Acknowledging the frontrunner's loss as a "travesty" and "insane," Jackson said her dismissal was "just kind of what happens."

The millions of viewers who voted this week were scolded by the show's three judges, who seemed shocked this season's three favorites had received the least amount of votes.

After the show, the New York Post said it was bombarded by calls complaining the voting was racially motivated, since the three woman with the fewest votes were black.

Fox is a division of News Corp., which also owns The Post.

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