Controversy erupted on social media on Sunday evening, when the winner of the singing contest was introduced as 24-year-old Lachie Gill from Rita Ora’s team.
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Nonetheless, Brisbane man Antoni, whose private telephone quantity is one quantity off from the right textual content line, advised information.com.au that many individuals had mistakenly despatched their votes to him as a substitute.
The 50-year-old stated he had acquired hundreds of texts and a whole lot of calls since final voting began on Could 22, with things ramping up considerably on Sunday evening.
“I deleted the primary few hundred (messages) as a result of I believed I used to be being spammed, not realising folks had been voting. I’ve not watched the present and had no thought why folks had been texting me the contestant names,” he stated.
“It wasn’t till I noticed an advert with the cellular quantity posted that I realised how shut it was to my quantity … and the penny dropped.
“I’ve most likely a few thousand texts that could possibly be added up, and some hundred voice messages the place folks verbally voted.”
Antoni stated the state of affairs obtained much more uncontrolled on Sunday evening throughout the finale.
Footage supplied by Antoni present a whole lot of message and dozens of calls racked up in a matter of minutes.
Screenshots of a small portion of the texts acquired by Antoni, present the bulk had been in favour of Lachie.
As an IT marketing consultant with a busy schedule, Antoni stated the entire state of affairs has been extraordinarily demanding as getting a whole lot of calls and texts a day has meant utilizing his telephone as regular was nearly unimaginable.
“As you may think about, my cellular is essential a part of my work so having it go off always of the day and evening, it obtained to a degree the place I needed to put it in ‘don’t disturb’ mode, which meant I’ve missed many calls and textual content messages as I needed to try to decipher between actual messages from colleagues vs the entire voting messages from random folks,” he stated.
“I’ve not heard something since.”
Information.com.au understands viewers voting is dealt with by an exterior firm and compliance protocols imply they’ll’t settle for any votes which can be made by way of an incorrect telephone quantity.
This follows on-line controversy after Lachie beat a various trio together with Thando Sikwila from Group Keith Urban, Jordan Tavita from Group Man Sebastian, and Religion Sosene from Group Jess Mauboy.
The Voice runners-up have additionally reacted to the present’s finale.
“We already knew Australia was gonna love & choose you! You’re merely good for them.”
Religion has since edited the caption, deleting “for them” and changing it with, “You’re merely good.”
“Can’t wait to see the place this victory takes you,” she wrote, alongside a photograph of the pair.
Jordan, 23, echoed Thando’s sentiment, as he additionally threw his assist behind his fellow runners-up.
“My sisters WOW! We obtained a vivid future forward,” he wrote. “One door closes and 1000 will open for us!!!”
“Jordan Religion & Thando. What can I say aside from Thankyou,” he started.
“Thankyou for sharing your items with me and Australia. You’ll proceed to encourage me each single day transferring ahead and I KNOW and I MEAN IT! That you’ll have superb careers on this trade and have a lot too (sic) provide to Australia and past.”
Channel 7 has been contacted for remark.