Russian state television has canceled the result of a local version of the talent show “The Voice Kids” after research showed that internet bots were used to influence the result. That is why the final must be repeated.
There was a stir last month about the result of the talent show. The daughter of pop star Alsou and Azerbaijani millionaire and businessman Jan Abramov won by a large majority, although many commentators thought her rivals were better. Viewers were also surprised to hear that 11-year-old Mikella Abramova won the sixth season of the Russian “The Voice Kids”. The young winner received more than 56 percent of the votes via telephone calls and text messages.
Experts from Group-IB then examined the voting process. The results of that investigation were worrying enough to declare the result invalid. A strikingly large number of votes would have been cast for one of the candidates via SMS.
Around 300 numbers sent more than 80,000 text messages from the same region. The used telephones are now out of use. It also seems that bots, computer programs that can perform human tasks, have been used to call tens of thousands of times.
Hereunder mother Alsou participating in Eurovision 2000 for Russia.
The outcome of the investigation has led to hilarious reactions in Russia. “We have learned that there are no fair elections in Russia,” concluded popular blogger StalinGulag.