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Illinois grandmother faces phone cutoff after hundreds of 'American Idol' votes in one hour

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    This March 7, 2013 photo released by Fox shows the 10 finalists, clockwise from top left, Lazaro Arbos, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Curtis Finch, Jr., Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Devin Velez, Burnell Taylor, Angie Miller and Candice Glover posing on the set of the singing competition series "American Idol." (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

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    This undated image released by Fox shows judges, from left, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey from the singing competition series, "American Idol," airing wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox. In its 12th season, "American Idol" is managing to hit the right notes with sponsors if not always with fickle viewers. It has retained its status as TV's advertising leader among series and the loyalty of its biggest backers, including Ford and Coca-Cola. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

An Illinois grandmother received a termination warning from her phone company after voting for “American Idol” contestants several hundred times in one hour, reported.

"I've got it down to a science now."

- Ilene Henry

Ilene Henry, 72, received a notice from Comcast citing dialing patterns that were inconsistent with a residential phone number.

"I've got it down to a science now and instead of counting the calls, I keep hitting redial and I timed it and I get in about fifty calls in 10 minutes,” Henry said.

Each “American Idol” contestant is assigned his or her own toll-free number during the performance show. To vote, viewers simply dial the telephone number of the contestant for whom they wish to vote. Viewers can also vote via text, online or through the “American Idol” app.

According to the site, Henry tried to resolve the matter with Comcast, and when she was unsuccessful her granddaughter, Andrea Holt Batalia, stepped in to help.

"It is a lot of calls, but that's her choice,” Holt Batalia told My Fox DC. “Comcast advertises their digital voice service as unlimited and it doesn't say unlimited unless you call American Idol and you vote 10,000 times or 5,000 times or whatever the case may be."

The company now says the termination notice was sent to Henry in error.

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