Farewell to Sanjaya Malakar
APRIL 19, 2007: Nooooooo!!! This can't be true! Why is this happening to me!? Oh. Excuse my little drama queen moment here, but I thought it would be only fitting given the significance of the event we have all been waiting for - the conclusion of the Sanjaya Malakar soap opera. Simon Cowell can sleep tight again. Or can he?
In yet another unnecessarily drawn out Wednesday night results show, FOX's "American Idol" let the most infamous contestant go and thus ended the most-talked about string of ingenious hairstyles and god-awful performances all wrapped up in a cute and shiny candy wrapper of showmanship.
Joining Sanjaya in the bottom 3 last night were Lakisha Jones, who sure knows how to belt out those tunes but has been plagued with inconsistency in quality of her performance and occasional poor song choice, and Blake Lewis whom the judges hated to see in the bottom 3, but whose cocky on-stage presence may have put off some of the fans (isn't HE the male contestant Sundance referred to who thinks he has already won the competition?)
As much as I initially hated Sanjaya I have actually grown to admire his courage to take risks and, despite obvious lack of talent, go out there and reinvent himself week after week. He may be a horrible singer, but he sure is one heck of an entertainer.
Sanjaya is off the show, so what is there to watch now? Simon Cowell has admitted this year's talent mix is the worst ever. To be fair, there are some great singers among them, but now that the whole "will he survive or not?" craze is over, won't the show become a tad too tedious?
I will be very curious to see what happens to the ratings next week (the show has been averaging about 26 million viewers in recent weeks.) Will they go up again or has Sanjaya hurt the show for good? On the other hand, could they possibly sink any further if all those Sanjaya fans stop watching the show?
One thing is for sure, it is a challenge to come up with great Nielsen-smashing stuff once you reveal why Mary-Alice killed herself. That is why the top-6 contestants better up the ante in the coming weeks, or the viewers will continue to tune out.
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