How Will American Idol Solve Its Phone-Sex Problem?

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Yesterday we were made aware of the imminent phone-sex threat facing tonight's episode of American Idol (to recap: For the first time ever, tonight's Idol will feature thirteen contestants for which viewers can vote — but the show only owns twelve sequential 800 numbers, which are bookended on both sides by numbers for phone-sex hotlines). Thankfully, Ryan Seacrest is on the case. Via his Twitter:

"crap, were gonna have a problem on Idol tonight — just dialed 1-866-IDOLS-13 and its not quite SFW ... "

Then, minutes later:

"oh man ... 1-866-IDOLS-00 is dirty too, lol. Just talked to one of the Idol producers and they have a plan ... *crossing fingers*"


So what's the plan? Will one of tonight's contestants get a non-sequential 800 number? Or maybe someone will have immunity? They might as well just give it to the blind guy, because he's not going home anyway. Perhaps they'd have the money to purchase a whole new set of phone numbers, if only they could get Ryan Seacrest to stop dialing phone-sex hotlines?

Ryan Seacrest [Twitter]

Earlier: Is Your Next American Idol a Phone-Sex Operator?