Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sanjaya Malakar very likely to win the American Idol contest

Sanjaya Malakar, the 17-year-old Indian contestant of American Idol is neck-deep in controversy.

Despised by critics, spoofed on televisions, backed by DJ Howard Stern, Sanjaya Malakar is a serious contender to win the American Idol contest. Malakar has already made it to the top nine in the contest.

While Malakar has been much maligned by critics and judges, he seems to hold some appeal for a lot of viewers and has received support from unexpected quarters.

DJ Stern has been consistently promoting Malakar to his approximately six million listeners, according to a timesonline report. What is also helping him is the website which is running a campaign to vote for Malakar.

If this sweet-looking son of an Indian father and Italian mother from Seattle wins, it may spell doom for the American Idol franchise, some reports say. Usually, mediocre to poor contestants are voted out early into the contest but if Sanjaya Malakar is not voted out and actually wins the contest, the credibility of American Idol will be rocked.

American Idol is already low on ratings. However, it is also very likely that the fervid interest in Malakar may bolster flagging ratings, with viewers vying to vote him out or in depending on which side of the divide they are.

Controversy is also raging around Malakar's Indian roots. Reports say the Indian American community is pushing hard and garnering votes to keep Malakar in the reckoning.

Meanwhile, American Idol's caustic judge, Simon Powell, has said that he will walk out of the show, should Sanjaya Malakar win.

But the fact remains, however weak Malakar's peformances may be, he has a very strong fan base. Malakar's long flowing hair and winsome smile has made him very popular with young girls. He also has a certain kind of charisma and stage presence which is keeping him firmly in the running.


Blogger Sunny said...

I'm one of the fans - I think he has something very special, a certain star quality the other contestants lack. Stern and VFTW may be advertising they are campaigning for him, but in reality they only came on board for him right before the top ten. If this kid winning Idol topples the show it was perhaps time for it to go anyway. Ratings are down this season because Paula, Randy and Simon failed in their jobs. The caliber of talent this year is far below previous years. Perhaps they were too involved in their other projects (of which each had many) to concentrate on the show. Perhaps they took for granted the viewing public, underestimating their capacity to acknowledge real star quality and talent.

I hope Sanjaya goes far in this competition, he is the only one worth watching this year. Listen to his last song without watching the pony hawk, although that was very daring of him - he's very good. He leaves out one word in the song, though. I have the video on my blogspot.

March 29, 2007 at 4:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After many seasons of Idol, the American public is growing sick of Whitney Houston-like divas doing vocal gymnastics and Jessica Simpson wannabes. If unique singers like Sting or Bono entered this contest, they wouldn't make the finals. We're looking for someone fun and unique like Sanjaya. I'm all for Howard Stern's campaign to destroy Idol. I'd like to see him come on the show as Fartman and fart in Simon's face -

March 29, 2007 at 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why people think it is funny to destroy something that many Americans enjoy. Howard Stern has no respect for anything. I wonder when "Karma" is going to catch up when him. He's such a loohoozer. Really.

March 29, 2007 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok this is the stupisted thing ever no offense but he cant sing at all my 2 year old brother can do better then him there is no point to ruin american idol with this 19 year old kid who cant even sing

April 3, 2007 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous DonPato said...

Sanjaya has weathered the storm of prejudice that has been tossed upon him and always comes out with a smile. I think this young man is amazing perhaps not at singing, but I am sure there is a place for him in the entertainment industry.


April 17, 2007 at 11:13 PM  

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