The dirty ballad of AT&T and American Idol

As you may have heard, Kris Allen won American Idol last week. This week, the nail-biting continues, as a major American corporation is taking heat for facilitating some irregular voting that may have gotten him the throne.

For the entire season, Adam Lambert was the preferred candidate by the judges and the guest acts alike (Bono gave special permission for him to perform his song, and Katy Perry had his name stitched on her cape). Fans loved him too: Lambert led the contestant pack in terms of song sales and souvenirs on eBay -- by a factor of eight.