The extremely popular and newsworthy Sanjaya is doing unusually well on American Idol considering his lack of talent. Most viewers agree that Sanjaya has the least singing ability of the American Idol contestants and deserves to be eliminated each week. However, each week Sanjaya becomes more and more popular. Several new sources have covered the Sanjaya phenomenon on several different occasions. Sanjaya has become so newsworthy that Jay Leno had to comment on the Idol contestant during Monday night’s show.
Sanjaya’s father is from India, and Leno suggested that Sanjaya might be getting more support from Bollywood than in Hollywood. In a joke, Leno said that the untalented star did not get booted from American Idol this week because of his India background, “where they have all the call centers.” Audience members could not hold back the laughter. In a previous show, Leno said that Sanjaya was like the George Bush of American Idol, ” No matter how horribly he does, he gets voted back.”
The joke of American Idol, Sanjaya has spawned thousands of late night TV show jokes and millions of spastic postings on Websites. Not even a month after the American Idol finals competition began, Sanjaya became a reoccurring character on Saturday night live.
Perhaps Sanjaya is to blame for the slip in Idol’s ratings this season. When compared to last season, the show has fewer viewers, and with each episode, the numbers just go lower and lower.
Jay Leno is not the only one joking about Sanjaya. Conan, Dave, Jimmy, and Jon have all played a part in telling more than a few jokes about Sanjaya. When the topic of whether the Sanjaya phenomenon, popularity over talent, will ruin the credibility of American Idol is brought up most Idol execs just give a convenient smile.
Reluctant to blame India or Sanjaya for any slip in the show’s ratings or credibility, execs believe that as long as the contestant creates a buzz about the show, everything is going just fine. Sanjaya has certainly gotten people talking.
While Jay Leno and other comedians have been very outspoken about the American Idol contestant, the notorious Simon Cowell has become quite silent on the matter. On a recent show he actually said, “Sanjaya, I don’t think it matters anymore what we say.” Theories are all over about why Sanjaya has done so well, but by far the idea of the call centers in India is the funniest one yet.
Charlie McCollum, Sanjaya’s Charm Outweighs his singing chops, Mercury News url:(http://origin.mercurynews.com/news/ci_5598468)