I must admit, I don't watch a lot of TV unless it has something to do with news, politics, or basketball. But after the urging of many of my friends, I sat down and struggled through the most recent episode of the #1 TV show in the country, American Idol.
The reason why I say struggled is that I enjoy good music and was hoping that I was going to see the next GarthBrooks or Billy Joel. What I saw was Sanjaya.
Now I had heard the scuttlebutt around town, at the local school and from the crew that came this week to paint the building I work in. I couldn't believe what I heard so I decided to see for myself.
The comments about judge Simon Cowell over the years have also made me curious. Could there be anyone so cruel to the next superstars of music? The insults were for real, I was told.
In Sanjaya's case the insults weren't near enough. He's terrible. Over the last few weeks Sanjaya has heard Simon say:
- "I presume there was no mirror in your dressing room tonight." (after showing up on stage wearing a Mohawk hair style, tied into a series of pony tails – a pony hawk?)
- "When you hear a wail in Beverly Hills that is where Diana Ross is watching this show. (after Sanjaya butchered a song she made popular) The only similarity is the hair style."
- "The good news is it wasn't as ghastly as last week. I'm just finding the whole hula-hooping, the whole Paula hairstyle, all a bit weird."
But it seems as though someone wants to keep this contestant around. He's not getting voted off. Why? I was not sure. Until I heard about www.votefortheworst.com
Vote for the Worst is a web site started a couple of years ago to:
a. Discredit the show
b. Make fun of the show by rooting for the biggest loser left on stage
c. Prove that people really think this type of show is stupid or rigged.
Well, this season Sanjaya has the "honor" to be the one chosen by the web sites' owners as the worst. I must concur. So does my neighbor of 7. She tells me that "he's (Sanjaya) just stupid!"
VFTW is encouraging folks to call in and vote for Sanjaya. They have received encouragement from the likes of Howard Stern. Stern plugs the web site often on his radio show and is encouraging folks to call or text "Idol" and vote for Sanjaya.
The web site receives millions of hits daily; especially the day after the show is on. The site also provides fans with Sanjaya's voting phone number via text messaging so people can actually call in to vote for him.
Now this is not a little thing. Idol voters cast more votes in years past than did voters in the 2004 presidential election. Scary, huh?
But Sanjaya, in spite of the discouraging comments from the judges, stays firmly entrenched in the competition. (One judge actually said that with him staying on every week that the show is no longer about talent.)
For whatever reason, Sanjaya is on next week. He will continue to make a donkey's tush out of himself. Simon will insult him once again. And millions will call in and vote for this guy. Just for giggles and grins.
And the ratings are through the roof. Mmmmm...
Could the show's producers be behind the move to keep Sanjaya on the show? Do they own the company, Vote for the Worst? Are they doing this do keep ratings high and sales of advertising at premium price?
Nah, that couldn't be. Or could it?