‘American Idol’ Underdog Sanjaya Malakar Voted Off Show

Sanjaya Malakar, the ‘American Idol’ contestant best known for his wacky hairdos, was booted from the hit show on Wednesday, disappointing VoteForTheWorst.com and Howard Stern, who advocated for the 17-year-old Federal Way native despite his mediocre singing.

Simon Talks With ‘Extra’ Girlfriend About Eye Roll Uproar

April 18, 2007 – Simon Cowell spoke with his girlfriend and ‘Extra’ correspondent Terri Seymour about the eye roll controversy, revealing that he didn’t even hear Chris Richardson’s comments about the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, and his reaction was actually in response to Chris’ claim that he meant to sound nasally in his performance. Read more.

Simon Cowell Talks With LA’s KIIS FM, Explains Eye Roll

April 18, 2007 – Simon Cowell called in to Ryan Seacest of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 18) to clarify a misunderstanding concerning his eye roll which occurred when Virginia native Chris Richardson commented about the Virginia Tech tragedy. Cowell revealed he had turned his mic off and was talking to Paula about Chris trying to explain his nasally singing – so he didn’t even hear what Chris said. The interview audio at kiisfm.com has since been removed.

‘Idol’ Producer Tries To Explain Simon Cowell’s Eye Roll

April 18, 2007 – Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of ‘American Idol’ tells The Drudge Report that Simon Cowell was not reacting to Chris Richardson last night when the judge rolled his eyes after Virginia native Chris Richardson made comments about the Virginia Tech shootings following his performance. “This is a sad time for everyone, so it is especially disheartening that a quick camera cutaway could have been misinterpreted,” Lythgoe explained. “We’re sorry for any grief caused by this misunderstanding, but Simon was not reacting to Chris at that point. He had turned to speak to Paula and didn’t actually hear Chris’ final comments. Everyone at ‘American Idol’ feels compassion for those affected by this tragedy. We opened the show with those thoughts and Simon later expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the judges, recognizing the challenges we all face in dealing with this horrible event.”

Rosanna Tavarez Talks ‘American Idol’ With Fox News

April 16, 2007 – Seven ‘American Idol’ finalists are left for this week’s country theme. Fox News Channel spoke with former Eden’s Crush star Rosanna Tavarez, now hosting TV Guide Channel’s ‘Idol Chat’ about Sanjaya Malakar still surviving, Jordin Sparks being a sleeper, and Phil Stacey being best suited for the country genre. The segment, aired Sunday (April 15), has since been removed at FoxNews.com.

Lopez’s Advice For ‘Idol’ Finalists

April 15, 2007 – Jimmy Kimmel joked during his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ monologue on Tuesday night, “Jennifer Lopez was the celebrity mentor on ‘American Idol’ tonight. Most of her advice was, ‘Just let them fix the vocals in the studio.'”

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