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Love to Hate an Idol

Is American Idol's Sanjaya for real?

by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
April 1, 2007

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Love to Hate an Idol
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?

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Brooks from Mebane, NC writes:
April 1, 2007
Rev. Moo, you are so right. It is an amazement to what will television producers will do to gain in the ratings.

Reality TV has gotten out of hand and it has begun to portray the very worst of human nature. Survivor has demonstrated the very worst of greed.

As Christian people, I believe that we should remember the red print in our Bibles. We need to rebel against this blight on our society.

Maybe, if we quit watching these cow chip shows, we can get on the road to proper renewal in this great land.

Thanks, for your comments, Rich.

mattie from liberty writes:
April 1, 2007
Mr. Moo--You could have written about another subject other than the "Idol" stuff and mouthy Simon!! Not being one to watch TV, I fipped on the TV and saw a few contestants give their best renditions of music and heard Simon ridicule all the time. Does Simon have a masters degree in music? If so it doesn't appear to stand out in his go-call knowledge. Being one who studied music for many years the program may be good for the up and coming stars some day, but Simon can leave the show. His diet is razor blade soup and a nail sandwich three times daily. Simon need a hair cut, too. Now I must return to my best friends, my books, and piano, do-re-mi.....

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