Talk about bad timing. “Dancing with the Stars” experienced technical difficulties Monday night with its voting process — you know, the votes that will determine who wins Season 16 and one blinged-out disco ball.
“DWTS” fans were unable to cast their votes for their favorites on the show’s official page on ABC.com for a brief period of time and were temporarily diverted away from the site. Viewers were directed to place their votes via social media, such as Facebook, or the old-fashioned way — by calling on the phone.
“Voting on ABC.com is temporarily down, but you can vote by texting, calling and on Facebook,” read a message posted on “DWTS’s” official Twitter account Monday night. It included a link to the “DWTS” Facebook page.
ABC has not said what caused the brief outage but claims it was quickly addressed and should not affect the outcome of the show. The results will be revealed tonight, when a new “DWTS” winner will be crowned.
“Facebook and http://abc.com are back online…don’t forget to vote that way too…u register with email then u will get 5 votes!!” wrote Disney star and “DWTS” finalist Zendaya Coleman in a Tweet to her fans after the online voting was restored.
The “DWTS” voting snafu comes two weeks after “The Voice” experienced a similar voting incident. In that instance, “Voice” host Carson Daly revealed on-air that there were “inconsistencies” in texting and online voting, but the network claimed it did not affect the final tallies for that week’s show.
The Season 16 champion will be revealed Tuesday night on the two-hour “DWTS” finale, airing Tuesday night from 9 – 11 p.m. EST on ABC.