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Australian man was mistakenly sent THOUSANDS of votes for The Voice


Brisbane man mistakenly sent THOUSANDS of votes for The Voice Australia winner Lachie Gill after viewers accidentally dialled his mobile number

An Australian man was mistakenly sent thousands of votes for The Voice Australia due to his phone number being just one digit off the one used for the competition. 

A 50-year-old Brisbane man called Antoni tells news.com.au that his phone was inundated with texts and calls since voting started on May 22. 

‘I deleted the first few hundred (messages) because I thought I was being spammed, not realising people were voting. I have not watched the show and had no idea why people were texting me the contestant names,’ he said.  

Oh dear: An Australian man was mistakenly sent thousands of votes for The Voice Australia due to his phone number being just one digit off the one used for the competition. Pictured: Winner Lachie Gill

Oh dear: An Australian man was mistakenly sent thousands of votes for The Voice Australia due to his phone number being just one digit off the one used for the competition. Pictured: Winner Lachie Gill

‘It wasn’t until I saw an advert with the mobile number posted that I realised how close it was to my number and the penny dropped,’ he went on. 

Antoni revealed he had ‘a couple of thousand texts’ and ‘a few hundred voice messages’. 

He says he was woken by his phone going off at all hours of the night, as well as messages streaming in all day. 

Oops: A 50-year-old Brisbane man called Antoni tells news.com.au that his phone was inundated with texts and calls since voting started on May 22

 Oops: A 50-year-old Brisbane man called Antoni tells news.com.au that his phone was inundated with texts and calls since voting started on May 22

Channel Seven has apologised to Antoni for the inconvenience, he tells news.com.au. 

The majority of the votes were for contestant Lachie Gill, who went on to win the competition. 

Votes that went to Antoni’s phone were left uncounted in official tallies for the competition. 

'I deleted the first few hundred (messages) because I thought I was being spammed, not realising people were voting. I have not watched the show and had no idea why people were texting me the contestant names,' he said

‘I deleted the first few hundred (messages) because I thought I was being spammed, not realising people were voting. I have not watched the show and had no idea why people were texting me the contestant names,’ he said

Lachie was crowned the winner of The Voice Australia for 2022, and some fans of the show were not happy with the verdict. 

The 24-year-old Victorian was up against fellow finalists, Thando Sikwila, Jordan Tavita and Faith Sosene, and some felt that his win was not warranted. 

Several viewers posted to Twitter to express their belief that Lachie only won because he is white. 

Pretty penny: During Sunday night's grand finale episode, Lachie won the $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia

 Pretty penny: During Sunday night’s grand finale episode, Lachie won the $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia

Lachie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday he understands there will always be ‘doubters’, but he won’t be drawn into a debate about whether or not race played a role in his victory. 

‘There are always doubters and I won’t buy into it,’ Lachie said the day after being crowned the winner of the Channel Seven talent show. 

‘I’m just really grateful to my fans who voted for me and have shown their support,’ he added.   

Scrutiny: Some fans on Twitter speculated that 'white privilege' buoyed Lachie to victory, and even runner-up Faith Sosene hinted his background made him more appealing to viewers at home. Pictured: The final four of The Voice Australia 2022

Scrutiny: Some fans on Twitter speculated that ‘white privilege’ buoyed Lachie to victory, and even runner-up Faith Sosene hinted his background made him more appealing to viewers at home. Pictured: The final four of The Voice Australia 2022

The P.E. teacher revealed that he is planning to use the $100,000 cash prize to purchase a home or invest into his music career.

‘I’ll never be the person to buy jewellery or a car. I’ll make sure it goes somewhere where it will benefit me for my future,’ Lachie told Daily Mail Australia.

‘[I’ll either] invest it into the music stuff or start looking at a house,’ he explained. 

Breaking his silence: Lachie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday he understands there will always be 'doubters', but he won't be drawn into a debate about whether or not race played a role in his victory

Breaking his silence: Lachie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday he understands there will always be ‘doubters’, but he won’t be drawn into a debate about whether or not race played a role in his victory

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