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American Idol
« on: March 28, 2007, 03:35:41 PM »
Yeah, I know... it's gay and it's manufactured pop music and it destroys the concept of artistic integrity and for the first time I find myself living with people who actually watch the show.  So... I've been watching too.

And for fuck's sake... it's rubbed off on me.  I still don't dig the music all that much, or at all really, but there's something about the show that keeps me watching.

I've never even watched so much as an episode of this show before this season, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but this Sanjaya guy has me laughing my ass off every time I see him sing.  They're openly mocking him on SNL, the judges have given up critiquing his performances, his hair gets weirder and more indescribable each week... and his singing... Jesus god his singing.  It's like hearing someone run over a cat with a riding lawn mower.

But thanks to the interweb and a couple hundred thousand people who really hate the idea of American Idol, he keeps getting enough votes to stay on each week and regale us with even shittier singing than we imagined was possible.

I never thought I'd say it, but American Idol is worth watching if only for Sanjaya Malakar.  He's so horrible it defies description.  God, I hope he wins!

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Idol's Malakar hangs on, but is it fans or that great hair?

By MELANTHIA MITCHELL
Associated Press
 
SEATTLE Flowing hair and a precious smile have their rewards.

Especially if you're Sanjaya Malakar, who is considered to be one of the weakest performers on American Idol but has a fan base that has helped him survive multiple rounds of viewer elimination.

In the online community and in Malakar's home state of Washington, the croaking crooner seems to have a loyal following of friends, family and fanatics who would like nothing better than to see him achieve the ultimate Idol success and be the last singer standing in May.

"I think he has a career ahead of him, whether he wins or not," said Pastor Pat Wright, a gospel choir director in Seattle who has known Malakar for five years.

Wright, who calls in weekly to vote for Malakar, acknowledges that much of his support likely comes from an online community of young fans enthralled with his chameleon hairdos and flashing grin.

"He's very handsome. That's most of it," she said. "He's a teenager, and young girls and guys really like him."

In recent weeks, the lanky teen from Federal Way a city of about 84,000, 20 miles south of Seattle has taken some hard hits from the public and all three judges on the Fox Television show.

Simon Cowell went so far as to say if Malakar wins, he'll quit.

One YouTube contributor in New York has launched a hunger strike and vows not to eat until the 17-year-old is ousted from the show.

Identifying herself only as "J," the woman says she believes "other talented contestants" are being eliminated by those who think it "funny to try and sabotage American Idol by voting for a lesser contestant."

But in Seattle, where Malakar sang with the Total Experience Gospel Choir, Wright and Malakar's family say the young man is holding back.

"He sings from the heart, and people who hear him can feel that heart and they become, many times, very emotional," said Wright, who has directed Malakar in her choir for at least three years.

She can't explain the change in her young pupil, but says he "sounded down" during a recent telephone conversation she had with him.

"He has not shown America what he can do. That's what I said to him a couple days ago. 'I want you to give them the showmanship. I want you to give them Sanjaya's heart,'" she said.

Despite the criticism and pressure, Malakar has held up remarkably well for someone "as young and as inexperienced as he is," says his aunt, Christi Recchi of Seattle.

Recchi introduced Malakar to Wright's choir, where she says his musical personality blossomed. But she agrees that her nephew hasn't been performing his best.

Some of the show's followers expected Malakar to be voted off quickly. But for now his success continues with assistance from fans, as well as backhanded help from the likes of Howard Stern and groups like votefortheworst.com, which since 2004 has vowed to support any contestant who producers would like to see cut from the show.

Malakar's singing talents may pale in comparison to other finalists, but his ability to work the crowd may pull him through.

"I think at this point in his career, he's the sort of classic case of desire for fame outstripping ability," said Jasen Emmons, director of curatorial affairs at Seattle's Experience Music Project museum.

Malakar's most recent performance of You Really Got Me showed the teen's strong stage presence, said Emmons, who has 10- and 13-year-old daughters who watch the show.

"At age 17, he's not going to be able to stand there and belt out a ballad," Emmons says. "But his charm might keep him in the fight."

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Re: American Idol
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2007, 03:44:52 PM »
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Re: American Idol
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007, 03:49:05 PM »
Wait didn't this same thing happen before with William Hung?

Hmm...apparently William Hung didn't win...he was just famously bad.

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Re: American Idol
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007, 04:11:32 PM »
Hung was famously bad, but his fame came entirely from his audition.  He never made it past the 5 or 10 minutes he was featured on an early episode.

Apparently the website http://www.votefortheworst.com has a lot to do with the success of shitty contestants in the latter stages of the season.  Howard Stern appears to have latched onto Sanjaya as well.

This performance is the one that really drove people nuts.  Between his horrid singing and the random appearance of a sobbing little girl, it was both surreal and hilarious to behold.
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Re: American Idol
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007, 04:40:30 PM »
I made it to about 2:30 before I said fuck it. I can't stomach that shit. But if these headlines I read that say he will destroy American Idol, then by all means... sing, SANJAYA! SING YOU BEAUTIFUL IDIOT!

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Re: American Idol
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007, 04:53:35 PM »
That's what I'm sayin.  If he has any chance of undermining the credibility of the show, then I'm all for him.  He really is that bad.
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Re: American Idol
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2007, 05:17:15 PM »
I only watch the horrible auditions at the beginning, but the show is beautiful democracy in action.

Presidential elections should be held this way. Only instead of Randy, Paula, and Simon, you have Jesse Jackson, Elizabeth Dole, and Shane McGowan.

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Re: American Idol
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2007, 05:34:10 PM »
Hah... I agree.  As a rule though, you need at least one snotty European on every judge panel to make things interesting. 

Also the early episodes of an American Idol season are some of the funniest "reality" television you can ever hope to watch.
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