LaKisha Jones hit the TV circuit Thursday, revealing what you didn’t hear during Sanjaya Malakar’s heart wrenching goodbye on Wednesday night’s ‘American Idol’. “He was saying, ‘I love you, I love you,’ and I was like, ‘I know, pull it together and sing your heart out,'” LaKisha confessed to ‘Extra’. Read more and watch video here.
TMZ has obtained some classic video of a nine-year-old Sanjaya Malakar performing in a local production of ‘Bugsy’. The musical with children playing mobsters featured the ‘American Idol’ castoff performing an amusing tap dance with a broom in 1999 at the Hawaii Children’s Theatre. Watch it below the cut. (more…)
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.'”
Results from DialIdol.com suggest the uncanny run of ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar may be coming to a close, with the Federal Way native winding up on the bottom just below fellow Washington state finalist Blake Lewis of Bothell. Lakisha Jones also looks to join them in the bottom three. Those placing their money on the outcome at intrade also have Sanjaya’s journey to end tonight. Malakar is at $49 ask to take home $100 if it is Sanajaya’s end, while Lakisha is at $40, and Blake at a bargain rate of $10 if DialIdol’s results are correct. Ironically, before Tuesday night’s show, Phil Stacey was the money favorite to go home, but his impressive ‘Where The Blacktop Ends’ performance catapulted him to the top of DialIdol.
People magazine asked several stars for their thoughts on ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar as the Federal Way teen continues to shock viewers by remaining on the hit show. “I’m hoping he wins, because Howard Stern’s been trying to get him votes, and I love Howard,” Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden remarked. Mary J. Blige added, “I don’t think he’s horrible, but everybody’s making it where he’s just horrible. I’ve heard worse.” Read more.
Star magazine reports that when ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar attended game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday (April 14), he was met with an unpleasant reaction from baseball fans when the stadium’s cameras were trained on the much maligned reality show star. “He was just sitting there having a good time with his friends, just like a regular person,” an eyewitness who was at the game tells the tabloid. “And when the Dodger camera noticed him the camera guy ran over and taped him. Sanjaya’s face pops up on the big screen right away. At first he smiled, he seemed to like the attention. But when the entire crowd at the stadium started to boo–and it was loud!–his smile faded a bit and his eyes looked sad. It’s like he was trying to keep a fake smile on, but you could tell he was crestfallen. He just kept waving and smiling for a few seconds more then his image went off the screen.”
Carson Daly joked during his ‘Last Call’ monologue on Thursday night, “Well, another week of ‘American Idol’ and Sanjaya is still alive. It is unbelievable. It is incredible that he is still on that show. You know, that say that the key to his success is that people are now voting for him because he’s terrible. By the way, this is not a new thing. This has been happening — it happened before. Most recently, when we reelected President Bush.”
Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Friday night, “On ‘American Idol’ this week, Simon – this is a big turn of events – Simon said that Sanjaya’s performance wasn’t horrible. That was his big compliment. Yeah. You could tell Simon was just being nice, because then he said Paula Abdul looked sober and that Ryan Seacrest seemed very manly.”
Jimmy Kimmel joked during his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ monologue on Thursday night, “The weather around the whole country today is like something you’d see in a movie. It seems pretty obvious to me that God is sending us a message to stop voting for Sanjaya already.”
The Associated Press reports that during a radio call-in on WOKQ-FM, Hillary Clinton was asked what the United States can do about much maligned ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar. “That’s the best question I’ve been asked in a long time,” Clinton said. “Well, you know, people can vote for whomever they want. That’s true in my election, and its true on ‘American Idol.'” The full story at boston.com has since been removed.