Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “Did you watch ‘American Idol’ last night? Sanjaya is still on! How is this happening? No matter how horrible he does, he gets voted back. He’s like the George Bush of ‘American Idol’.”
Craig Ferguson joked during his Late Late Show monologue on Wednesday night, “I can’t avoid it, so I’ll talk about ‘American Idol’. Everyone’s talking about Sanjaya. I will always take gimmicky hair over talent. That’s why I like Donald Trump. … I’ll tell you why I don’t like ‘American Idol’. It’s like being in a karaoke bar sober. … There is nothing new about ‘American Idol’. Fakery has been going on for years. The Monkeys started out as a fake band, and then they became a real band. That’s crazy. The only thing that would have been crazier would be if they became real monkeys!”
With Chris Sligh getting the boot from ‘American Idol’ on Wednesday night, speculation is in overdrive that his “Hi Dave” shout-out last week, which was edited out of the UK airing of the show, was the reason he was so coldly treated by the judges on Tuesday and was sent packing. The innocent greeting apparently was Chris answering the call to acknowledge he was a reader of VoteForTheWorst.com, which is run by Dave Della Terza – though some think it was actually for David Hasselhoff – who Sligh in his audition said he wanted to make cry. An argument against the conspiracy on the voting side was DialIdol.com nailing the bottom two – Chris and Haley Scarnato. Check out more details from BuddyTV.
Stephanie Edwards Talks With Phoenix’s 104.7 KISS FM
March 28, 2007 – Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Stephanie Edwards was on the phone with Johnjay and Rich of 104.7 KISS in Phoenix on Tuesday (March 27). She talked about the shock of getting booted, how each contestant develops a loyal fanbase, the other “famous” Stephanie Edwards who does Albertson’s voiceovers, still being under the ‘Idol’ contract, and her thoughts on Phoenix girl Jordin Sparks. The interview audio at johnjayandrich.1047kissfm.com has since been removed.
Ryan Seacrest Talks ‘American Idol’ With Us TV
March 23, 2007 – Us Weekly’s Us TV caught up with ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest, who talked about liking high energy ‘Idol’ performers, his favorites this season, and the show’s charity drive. Veoh.com has since removed the video.
Sanjaya Is Staying Alive On ‘Idol’
March 23, 2007 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “Hey, did you watch ‘American Idol’ last night? You see that? Yeah. That Sanjaya, he’s still on. He’s still on. You know, Sanjaya is an ancient Indian name that means William Hung. Did you know that?”
Details On The Crying ‘American Idol’ Girl Emerge
March 21, 2007 – Richard Rushfield of the Los Angeles Times has more details on that girl who was crying continuously during Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol’ performances. Ashley Ferl, aged 13, from Riverside, California, was discovered by ‘Idol’ show producers after she was seen sobbing during the show’s rehearsals after they she attended a taping of ‘Smarter Than a 5th Grader’ with her mother. The producers saw the opportunity to strategically place Ferl up front and have a camera isolated on her to take advantage of the waterworks.
Will ‘Idol’ Make Sure Sanjaya Won’t Survive For Tour?
March 21, 2007 – Jonann Brady of ABC News profiled the surprising success of Sanjaya Malakar as the ‘American Idol’ finalist could actually wind up on the ‘Idol’ tour if he survives tonight’s vote results. But while VotefortheWorst.com’s Dave Della Terza has thrown his support towards the 17-year-old, he’s not so certain it will work out. “My prediction is that Sanjaya will probably go home this week because the producers don’t want him on the tour,” he said. “Will Sanjaya get the least amount of votes this week? I don’t know. I think the producers are working overtime backstage to make sure Sanjaya is the one who will go home any way they can.” Read more.
Pastor Pat Wright, a gospel choir director in Seattle who has known Sanjaya Malakar for five years, spoke with the Associated Press about the ‘American Idol’ finalist’s shocking staying power. Wright revealed he “sounded down” during a recent telephone conversation she had with him. “He has not shown America what he can do,” she said. “That’s what I said to him a couple days ago. ‘I want you to give them the showmanship. I want you to give them Sanjaya’s heart’.” Wright added, “He sings from the heart, and people who hear him can feel that heart and they become, many times, very emotional.”
Fox News Chicago entertainment reporter David Viggiano previewed tonight’s ‘American Idol’, dressing in a Sanjaya Malakar wig before asking people on the streets of Chicago if the Federal Way teen should get the boot this week. A couple people voiced their support, while the first woman asked said he should go because he’s “gay”. The segment, aired Tuesday (March 27), has since been removed from myfoxchicago.com.
Jimmy Kimmel joked during his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ monologue on Thursday night, “I’m on top of the world right now. First of all, I’m in third place in our NCAA pool here at the office; I have $500 riding on Ian Ziering from ‘Dancing With the Stars’, and this is the first of five consecutive nights without Sanjaya. No Sanjaya on television. … The No. 1 topic here in the office is still Sanjaya. Sanjaya is the kid everyone hates from ‘American Idol’. I learned something interesting about him last night: He’s a boy!” Kimmel also was shown trying to vote for Lakisha without success.
Jimmy Kimmel joked during his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ monologue on Wednesday night, “Spring is here, flowers are in bloom, really the only dark cloud hanging over us now, is a young man named Sanjaya. Our nation’s deepest fears were realized tonight when his fans, the ‘San-inas’, came thought for him… He wasn’t even in the bottom three. He wasn’t voted off! They voted Bucky Covington off again, and he wasn’t even on the show! I found out in his native tongue, his name means, ‘My ears are bleeding.'”
‘Today’ host Meredith Vieira talked with Ashley Ferl, asking the 13-year-old why she was in tears during Sanjaya Malakar’s performance on ‘American Idol’ on Tuesday.
Video of the segment, aired Thursday (March 22), at Bing.com has since been removed.
A source close to Sanjaya Malakar’s family revealed exclusively to TMZ that the 17-year-old ‘American Idol’ finalist has been devastated by recent bad press he’s received over his singing abilities. “He’s so young and so sensitive, it’s hard for him to go out on that stage and not have that devastation affect his performance,” the source told the gossip web site. Read more.
Brandon’s ‘American Idol’ Exit Interview
March 18, 2007 – Brandon Rogers shared his thoughts with AmericanIdol.com in an exclusive exit interview following his departure on Wednesday from ‘American Idol’. Brandon said he wasn’t shocked that he was cut while Sanjaya Malakar stayed on, making poor choices in song selections, forgetting the words, how his experience as a background singer held him to a higher standard with the judges, and his thoughts on the remaining finalists. The interview at americanidol.com has since been removed.
Jennifer Lopez Preps For ‘American Idol’ Latin Theme Week
March 16, 2007 – Jennifer Lopez will soon be making an appearance on one her and hubby Marc Anthony’s favorite shows, ‘American Idol’. Asked by ‘Access Hollywood’ correspondent Tony Potts if she was going to perform, Marc responded, “Yeah, Spanish stuff. Her first single is flying off the charts and we are just so proud of it. That’s what she will be performing and I will be there.” J.Lo added, “I’m excited about it. They asked me to come on. I got this e-mail from my manager that said ‘They know you have a Spanish album coming out and they want to know if you will come on when they do a Latin theme show.’ So I’m going!”