Friends and fellow fans, it was
just a week ago when all of us were shocked as Chris
Daughtry was voted off of American Idol.
Many of us were angry over the phone issues
and some vowed never to watch American Idol ever
think that is a bit of a mistake.
We all owe American Idol for helping Chris to
get discovered and I would bet that Chris himself is
quite grateful to American Idol.
Still there is a problem;
viewers, I believe by and large have lost faith in the
and accuracy of American Idol's voting mechanism.
I think this is a shame and hope it will be
fixed because there are other talented performers
like Chris out there and American Idol can be a
great way for them to have a chance to make it that
might not otherwise come their way.
It is with this in mind that I sat down to
write this edition of the newsletter.
How to Fix American Idol
Did You Watch This Week
(a poll please vote)
The Top Ten Cell Phone
Cool Chris Daughtry Fans
Stuff on Café Press
No Matter What Watch the
Final Episode of American Idol (Why? To Support
What is The Future of
This Site and Our Visitors
If You Emailed Me and I
Did Not Answer
To Fix American Idol – I know many of
you are upset with American Idol indeed I am as
countless fans getting “non working number”
messages, hearing Kathryn’s voice on Chris’
number or just not being able to get though it is
understandable that everyone is upset.
The reality is that we don’t know how many
votes Chris did or did not get, nor do we know how
many votes the others got.
I do want to see American Idol fix this issue which
as I understand it happened with Clay Akin as well
two seasons back.
I don’t want to boycott this show because
with out Idol, Chris would still be working in a warehouse
and playing small bars and there are countless other
talented artists for whom, American Idol may be
their best shot to make it.
This problem could be fixed quite
you should know American Idol does not run the phone
they are run by an independent third party company.
That is a step in the right direction.
Here are the two additional things that would
fix American Idol and restore confidence to the
- First, while a third party is a
great step it is not enough. There should be a
second third party company with NO CONNECTION to the
one that runs the phone lines.
This second company should be tasked with
calling in votes from several different phone types
(cell, land line, etc) to verify all lines are
Each contestant should receive say 500 votes,
which would keep things even and not affect the
result. This would allow verification that the lines
are running properly.
- Second, a representative from
both companies should come on each elimination show
and announce to the audience both the results of the
verification test and the actual number of votes
each contestant received.
It is amazing how having to be directly
accountable to the public helps people keep stuff
I do home American Idol will do
something like this.
The public should know how many votes were
cast and with careers on the line the extra step
seems more then reasonable to take. May be one
of our members could set up one of those snazzy
online petitions about this issue?
Did You Watch This Week (a poll please vote)
- I have just added a new section to the forums
specifically to post and pose polls about anything
to do with Chris or rock in general.
I added the first poll “Did You Watch This
Week?” and ask that you go buy and vote.
Here is the link -
Top Ten Online Cell Phone Deals –
Quite a few folks asked if I would be seeking
donations to support the site or charging any type
of dues. The
answer is an emphatic NO WAY.
This is a fan site and I just can’t see
charging ya’ll to come by and read what I post and
contribute to the forum etc.
However, the site takes a ton of work and the
hosting is somewhat expensive given the massive
amount of bandwidth it requires.
So I have decided to simply include some
promotions to some of my other sites on occasion to
help support this site.
I figured that out of the thousands of
members a few might be in the market for a new cell
phone soon. So
I put together a page on one of my sites with the
top ten cellular phone deals available today.
9 of the 10 are free or free after rebate and
that includes Razr’s (Razors) of every Color, The
V360 With a Built in MP3 Player and More.
If you happen to be ready for a new phone
please consider buying one from our site if you are
not in the market just bookmark it for later.
We always keep it updated with the latest top
ten deals. You
can visit this page at The
Top Ten Cell Phone Options
The Retail Stores Can't Touch These Deals!
Chris Daughtry Stuff at Café Press –
If you don’t know about Café Press you may want
to check them out.
They are a cool site with hundreds of
thousands of personalized products about every
Coffee cups to t-shirts to mouse pads and
course as popular as Chris Daughtry is there is a
lot of his stuff there.
For some reason the link brings up stuff
related to other Idol contestants as well.
I will see what I can do about that in the
future but wanted to share this with you right away.
Daughtry Stuff at Café Press.
Matter What Watch the Final Episode (Why? To Support
Chris) – I know some of you are out
right boycotting AI and while I am not I believe in
total free choice so I support you decision.
Yet I suggest you consider watching this
seasons finally because Chris will be back and he
deserves our support.
Also please do not blame the other
contestants they certainly are not responsible for
what happened. Tune
it to see Chris upstage the eventual winner!
Is The Future of this Site and Our Visitors?
When I launched this
site in February I never dreamed that by now we would have had over
a HALF A MILLION page views as of last week.
I just thought it would be a cool site for a
really cool performer that I felt was going to
change what American Idol was all about.
It may shock you to
learn that we have over 10,000 members to the fan
club in less then a full week!
Discussing it with a
partner today we realized that here we have a group
this large all bonded by the unique rock sound of
This group is made up of young people to some
all the way up to over 80 years of age.
We have single folks, married folks, men,
women and professional people.
We have some who are gadget and tech people
and a few that learned to use the Internet just to
learn more about Chris and are still not sure
exactly what email is all about.
All of this has come to me in emails in the
So we thought that we
might just put together a social networking website
(similar to MySpace) but centered on Rock Music,
Rock Music Fans and particularly discussing
undiscovered bands like Chris’ band Absent
such a site each member would have their own
personal page to post pictures on and introduce what
they love to others.
Chris Daughtry Fans, would be the founding members and
the synergies would be wonderful.
This would be quite a
bit of work but if there is sufficient interest we
will give it a shot.
I have set up a poll to gauge the interest in
To vote in it follow this link,
You Emailed Me and I Did Not Answer –
Let me say I am sorry but I just can’t keep up.
I welcome your emails and try to read them
just can’t answer everyone.
On top of my normal email I got over 2000
emails about Chris Daughtry Fans in just the last
I apologize to all I have not answered.
Words - Next week I will have
a LOT more including my thoughts on what it means
that this week the vote on the final three was split
almost evenly with only fractions separating the
~ Jack Spirko
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