Since American Idol has traditionally put a cap on 12 performers a night, they never bought out a voting number for a 13th contestant.
From at the forums at DialIdol.com:
Hey all - so I spend so much time working on DialIdol during the year I don't often have my pulse on everything going on outside of DialIdol. That's usually where you all keep me up-to-date and I appreciate it!
One thing I noticed this weekend while I was testing and I am wondering if anyone had heard anything about - phone numbers!
We all know the phone numbers to vote : 1-866-436-5701 through 5712.
Usually if you call these numbers outside a voting window they are busy and that is the case today.
However... This year there are 13 contestants. It appears that American Idol does not own 1-866-436-5713 (or 1-866-436-5700 for that matter). I'd advise you not to call either number as the content is not rated G.
This raises the question - what the heck are they going to do for the 13th contestant? Has anything heard anything? New numbers? New voting system entirely? A lone non-contiguous number? Are they frantically trying to buy the number? Am I just dialing wrong?
And from someone at VFTW who dialed the number:
The 5713 one is a phone sex number for hooking up with students, working girls, and housewives. I was LOLing at the whole script. 5700 was the exact same thing.
Source: Dial Idol and VFTW through Idol Forums
From what I've been hearing on IDF as of late, the numbers in question are still all about teh phone sex.
And I made this post mostly to post that picture, tbh.
Think they might try to pull some kind of twist again? DISCUSS.