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Investigation Reveals Russian Version Of ‘The Voice Kids’ Was Rigged By Bots To Ensure Millionaire’s Daughter Won

The Voice Russia / YouTube

US elections aren’t the only elections Russian bots have been meddling in. Thanks to them, a Russian TV network will need to totally re-shoot the season six ending for The Voice: Kids.

The season finale was shot and broadcast, but fans had questions almost immediately. The winner, Mikella Abramova, won by a landslide.

She took almost 57% of the total vote.

The second place contestant saw about three thousand votes, but Mikella—for some unexplained reason—saw about thirty thousand votes. People asked, did thirty thousand people even watch The Voice: Kids?

The Voice: Kids / YouTube

The uproar from fans forced the network to call in an outside cybersecurity firm. It didn’t take long for the firm to confirm they had evidence of “outside influence on the voting.”

Bots sent more than 8,000 automated texts from 300 phone numbers to vote for Mikella.

So what’s so special about Mikella that someone would be so invested in her win? We can’t confirm for sure, but it may have something to do with who her parents are.

Mikella is the daughter of Russian pop singer Alsou and millionaire banker Yan Abramov.

Check out her first blind audition: 

Mikella is certainly talented. But fans of the show had some serious doubts that she is literally-ten-times-more-votes-than-anyone-else kind of talented.
Their concern was apparently pretty warranted.

Thanks to the interference, Mikella has been stripped of her win and the season finale will be re-shot. The show has promised to make the voting system more secure to ensure each child has an actual fair shot.

You’d better believe the Russian hacking jokes hit Twitter hard and fast. 

Much like the recent college admissions scandal in the USA, the child may have initially benefitted, but now they also have to pay the price of an unethical scheme to get them ahead.


Written by Erica Diaz

Erica is the consummate cool-kid. She’s so cool that she’s been talked about in magazines, on blogs and on the radio after losing her left eye because of a piece of glitter. She is still actively mourning the passing of Prince and hopes to one day do an all-iguana remake of Graffiti Bridge since iguanas are plentiful near her home in South Florida. She has yet to find one that can really nail the “ahhhyayayeaheaheah” that Tevin Campbell does in Round and Round, and everyone knows the music is the important part of any Prince film. She’s a mother, singer, writer and (if the internet is to be believed - which we all know it is) a Nigerian socialite mid-ranking member of the Illuminati. She prides herself on being the most popular one-eyed rock star under 5 ft tall in pretty much any room she walks into.