Friday, June 10, 2011

THAI GIRL; THAI BOY; TV

Myra, whom few people expected would win. (Website)

In May 2011, 13-year-old Maneepatsorn 'Myra' Molloy was the winner in the TV programme Thailand's Got Talent.

There have been accusations that the result was rigged.

(THAILAND'S GOT TALENT ... AND AN EARFUL)

Rumour has it that, in order to arrange Myra's victory, Myra's wealthy father spent at least a million baht.

The criticism of the voting has hit Unilever (Unilever Thai Trading), which spent 200 million baht to get the show rights from London.

Unilever has been accused of rigging the results.

Some angry viewers posted on the internet that they would stop using Unilever products such as Sunsilk shampoo and Rexona deodorant.

Some said the voting process lacks accountability.

Myra will become the new presenter for Sunsilk shampoo.

She receives a 10-million-baht prize.

And, she will become a singer under the Sony Music label.



Some people liked Bell.

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How was it that Ronan Parke, the 'favourite' to win 'Britain's Got Talent', was beaten by Jai McDowall?

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Ronan Parke's most watched video on YouTube - 3,541,994 views

Jai McDowall's most watched video on YouTube - 913,225 views

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Google search for Ronan Parke video - 4,010,000 results

Google search for Jai McDowall video - 1,260,000 results

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Google news search for Ronan Parke - 1,120 results

Google news search for Jai McDowall - 474 results

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Google image search for Ronan Parke - 488,000 results

Google image search for Jai McDowall - 88,200 results


In May 2008, the UK's Serious Fraud Office was considering an investigation into a series of phone-vote scandals at ITV.

This included the rigging of an award for Ant and Dec, the hosts of 'Britain's Got Talent'.

Fraud police could investigate Ant and Dec's TV voting fix Showbiz

In May 2008, the UK's TV watchdog, Ofcom, warned of "systemic and widespread" problems affecting all broadcasters.

In May 2008, the TV watchdog handed ITV a £5.7million fine for abusing premium rate phone services in viewer competitions.

In 2005, in ITV's British Comedy Awards, the Catherine Tate Show was robbed of a prize.

Tate got more votes from viewers than Ant and Dec's 'Saturday Night Takeaway'.

But, Ant and Dec's programme was announced as the winner of the People's Choice Award.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards told a committee of MPs that during a previous case concerning GMTV, the Serious Fraud Office had asked to see the files.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Gameshow Marathon and Soapstar Superstar were all found to have "serious editorial issues".

Three competitions on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway were found to be in breach of the regulators' codes.

On Soapstar Superstar, producers overrode the viewers' vote, so the wrong participants were put forward for eviction.

ITV made £7.8million from uncounted votes from the programmes involved.

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

RONAN PARKE - WAS IT RIGGED?

In the 'Britain's Got Talent' TV programme, on 4 June 2011, the favourite, Ronan Parke, ended up in second place.

So, the bookies are happy?

Was the voting rigged?

Bookmaker Ladbrokes Odds on the Outright Winner were:

Ronan Parke - 4/5

Jai McDowall - 14/1

Jai won the contest.



"Police have abandoned plans to launch an investigation into an online blog that claimed Britain's Got Talent was fixed, amid speculation it was a publicity stunt to boost ratings...

"Martin Troy, the owner of the JustPaste.It website where the article appeared, said he had had no contact from either British or German police over the matter.

"Mr Troy also confirmed that the blog had been posted by somebody in the UK using a connection to the internet from a cable TV provider." (Ronan Parke 'fix' inquiry is dropped by police as it may have been cooked up ... )

Ronan Parke went into the final as favourite to win the competition and the show's £100,000 prize.

"However, he ended up in second place after Scottish singer Jai McDowall, 24, was the shock winner - with just 2.5 per cent more votes than the schoolboy." (Ronan Parke 'fix' inquiry is dropped by police as it may have been cooked up ...)


1. In the USA, the Oprah Winfrey TV show had a poll which many believed was rigged.

Viewers could vote for Zach Anner or Doctor Phyllis, among others.

Anner was clearly in the lead.

But in the span of an hour Doctor Phyllis suddenly took the lead.

The Huffington Post reported an increase of 300,000 votes in 20 minutes.

Reddit reported 600,000 in an hour.

Reportedly 'the source code' for the Phyllis' Vote button differed from that of all the other contestants.

Zach Anner Scandal - Oprah Poll Rigged? Geekosystem

2. In the UK, an online poll was rigged on the TV programme 'Blue Peter'.

Son of Blue Peter boss sacked after vote-rigging scandal found hanged

3. In 2008, a Spanish documentary alleged that the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was rigged.

Allegedly, Spanish officials offered bribes to various people.

Allegations of vote rigging


4. AMERICAN IDOL IS RIGGED! Weekly World News

"Sources inside the American Idol empire have confirmed – the show is rigged!

"American Idol fans have long suspected something was amiss ever since Ruben Studdard lost, and now, with Pia Toscano being tossed off this year’s show, the cat is out of the bag...

"WWN spoke to insiders at Diebold – the company that provides some of the hardware for the vote counting...

"The executives of the record labels ... run the show behind the scenes, and contracted with Diebold to tabulate the votes as they saw fit.

"Also, AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of American Idol, repeatedly influences the outcome of the competition by providing free text-messaging services and allowing blocks of votes at parties organized by fans of certain contestants...

"The history of American Idol is littered with voting irregularities.


"An independent audit was done of actual phone logs the nights of the shows.

"In season three, Latoya London had gotten the most calls each week, but Diebold machines declared her a loser in one of the late elimination rounds.

"Based on phone logs however, there is no way that Pia Toscana was not the most popular. Season four also showed wide discrepancies between phone logs and official tallies.

"Carrie Underwood should have been voted off a considerable time before the finals, yet was ultimately declared the winner in spite of Bo Bice lighting up switchboards on a consistent basis."

5. Britain's Got Talent - Riddle as kid rivals get axed

"AT least four child stars of this year's BGT have been mysteriously axed despite getting an enthusiastic 'yes' from all three judges, the News of the World can reveal.

"Out... Arisxandra and Rosalyn Tina Turner lookalike Taylor Fowlis, 12, concert pianist Curtis Elton, six, classical opera singer Rosalyn Bremerkamp, 16, and nine-year-old Arisxandra Libantio - dubbed 'Mini SuBo' - all got standing ovations from the panel.

"Last night a source said: 'It's strange so many good acts have been cut out when so many awful ones got through.'"



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THE GROOMING OF RONAN PARKE

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