A few overeager AT&T employees brought demo phones to "American Idol" viewing parties in Arkansas and helped fans text their votes, but their actions did not affect the outcome between native son Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, the company said Wednesday.
Allen, 23, of Conway, Ark., won by an undisclosed margin over Lambert, 27, of San Diego, a powerful singer who'd been cast by the show's judges as the front-runner.
Though anyone in the U.S. could phone in votes, only AT&T customers were allowed to text.
In a joint statement, Fox and producer FremantleMedia said the results were "fair, accurate and verified" by an independent monitor to protect the integrity of the voting process.
According to AT&T, "a few local AT&T employees" were invited to attend local viewing parties in Arkansas for the "American Idol" finale.
"Caught up in the enthusiasm of rooting for their hometown contestant, they brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested," AT&T said in its statement.
AT&T is one of the show's main sponsors, though it did not sponsor the parties in question.