It happens every year when the first singles drop.
Fans who can’t quite get the hang of the notion that the competition is OVER and that the future of their favorite Idol is no longer in their hands get a little…overzealous in support of their favorite.
RCA just posted this little missive on Adam Lambert’s official web site:
Adam Disqualified from Open House Party Voting
Just wanted to let you guys know that Adam was disqualified from this competition this week because the folks at Open House Party realized that some people were mass voting outside of their own cities. Please resist the temptation to do this for this competition, as well as when requesting Adam’s songs from radio stations, because it WILL harm Adam’s image with these businesses, not to mention RCA’s ability to promote him and “Whataya Want From Me.” Thanks.
*An update from RCA:
Update: Multiple requests to Open House Partyâ€™s Twitter account â€“ where no requests are accepted â€“ was the primary culprit to this weekâ€™s disqualification (Adam will be eligible again next week).
Tsk tsk. There’s nothing more that radio station Program Directors hate than fans who call from outside their own cities. Request lines gauge the interest of a radio station’s regular listeners. Organized street team efforts from peeps who don’t listen to that particular radio station skew the results of call-in requests. In the end, this sort of aggressive street teaming hurts an Idol more than it helps.
Also, this is the SECOND time that RCA has had to issue a smackdown. Last month, when “For Your Entertainment” was initially released, RCA had to warn fans to stop bothering radio stations. I guess some fans didn’t get the memo.
There’s a history of Idol fans driving radio station DJ’s crazy. Back in 2007, Taylor Hicks’ label issued a similar smackdown via Taylor’s MySpace. And of course, the aggressiveness of the Claymates’ call-in efforts to radio stations on behalf of Clay Aiken are legendary.
Adam’s response via twitter, “I really appreciate your passion and dedication to getting my music on the radio, but don’t drive the stations crazy! :) thanks friends!…FYI. That doesn’t mean to stop requesting!! Just try not to do it 30 times in one day…. Just Cool it on the redial/resend kick. :)…Oh and so you all know, upon hearing this news, I laughed so hard. Y’all are nuts and I adore you for it. :)”
Getting kicked off a huge syndicated radio station competition isn’t really that funny. I’d call Adam’s response very diplomatic, considering.