American Idol: Farewell To Sanjaya At Last

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sanjaya mohawk American Idol: Farewell To Sanjaya At LastHe’s finally gone.

The haters will be happy and hordes of 12-13 year girls (and Howard Stern) will be in mourning for a while.

This past Tuesday was country music night and last night’s vote (with the exception of Blake in the bottom three) went pretty much as expected. It was so bloody obvious that Melinda is at the top of the class that Ryan Seacrest singled her out, since it would have been too obvious which group was NOT the bottom half if she was part of it.

I wasn’t suprised to see Lakisha standing next to Sanjaya… her performance was unfortunately pretty weak. I guess it really IS all about song choice, because she has an amazing voice that just didn’t come through this week. I actually correctly had Phil above her based on this week’s performance. But Sanjaya… wow. This week’s performance by the poor guy was so awful that I think viewers went out of their way to cast extra votes for the others to make sure he didn’t squeak through (I know I did).

The sense of satisfaction actually seemed to come off of Simon in palpable waves when he saw Sanjaya in the bottom three: Vindication! icon smile American Idol: Farewell To Sanjaya At Last

I’ll say it again: I’m not a Sanjaya Malakar hater. I think he’s a really nice kid and it seems like his parents did a great job raising both him and his (ultra-hottie) sister. Speaking of sis, I think maybe the judges flubbed it by choosing him in regards to talent, but he certainly provided the show with ratings this year!

He took it pretty hard but I really think that he’ll find a way to parlay his 15 minutes of fame into something bigger and I say more power to him.

For the group of folks that think he didn’t deserved to win (of which I am a member) and those that despised him (of which I’m not a member), let’s step back and get a little perspective. First, this kid has “American Idol” written ALL over him. He’s got charm and a likeable charisma, he’s a good looking kid, and he CAN sing up to a point and in a certain style that some people seem to like. Are you telling me that there are people out there making millions with a singing career that are really that much better than him? Come on, with some of the people out there now and in the past it’s been all about packaging them and how much an engineer can tweak their performance in the studio.

Second, what would YOU have done in the same situation? Bowed out gracefully because you didn’t deserve to be there? If you say yes, I’ll say give me a break… It was the opportunity of a lifetime and he actually came across far better than he might have.

So I bid a semi-fond farewell to Sanjaya Malakar and I’m sure the producers will miss him since it’s pretty much a done deal that Melinda will win it with Jordin coming in second.

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  1. Vic,

    I wasn’t a hater, but I just understand how those with MUCH greater talent would get voted off the island before him.

    I was scared that Lakisha, my favorite, would be gone. Melinda is my second fave, so I’ll be happy if either win. My wife digs Blake’s talents and was stunned he was there last night.

    Phil did a great job, actually.


  2. That’s a very valid argument, but the folks that got voted off ahead of Sanjaya really weren’t contenders for the big prize. To be honest I was a bit concerned about Lakisha as well. She won’t win though, Melinda and Jordin are pulling away from her talent-wise plus really, she doesn’t have much charisma.


  3. NNNNOOOOOOO!!! I didn’t want to see Sanjaya go! Granted he wasn’t that good but he always had a different look to him! Like that ponytail mohawk! That was wierd! But he was a strange guy. I was hoping that other girl would go the one who sang Jesus Take THe Wheel! I did’nt like the way she sang that at all.

    But Sanjaya really he wasn’t that good but then again he wasn’t really that bad either. And if you got rid of the wild hair I think that he would look pritty HOTT! He has a nice smile too.

    But you got to admit at least hes better then William Hung!! LOL THat guy needed a reality check!!


  4. Jessica,

    William Hung is in a whole different category, but I think viewers see them both in somewhat similar ways. The nice, earnest underdog with a great attitude doing their best to hang in there. :-)

    Both Sanjaya and William are a heck of a counterpoint to the foul-mouthed and overly self-esteemed bad singers that show up early in the season. I find it ironic on the show that the most egotistical people who show up are usually the ones with the least talent.