Is Sanjaya Ruining American Idol?

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a fan of reality TV as a general rule.  In my opinion, the term “reality” is ironic since most of the so-called reality shows are anything but real — all the participants are hamming it up for the camera.

However, I’ve slowly (I can’t believe I’m saying this) becoming a fan of American Idol.  It started out last season when I’d catch tidbits of the show while waiting for House to begin or after watching Bones.  Impressed with the caliber of the contestants, I began to have some respect for the show — a modern day Star Search.  And I began to re-evaluate my first impression of reality shows — at least for the talent show type.

American Idol logoSo when the sixth season began my husband and I decided to give it a try.  I know most people like the beginning of the season when you see all those who don’t make the cut, but I actually enjoy it most when we get down to the final 12.  Remember I want to see talent, not theater.

And I have to say I am truly amazed at the quality of most of the finalists.  I have my favorites — Melinda Doolittle and Gina Glocksen — as does my husband, who also favors Doolittle and LaKisha Jones.  However, I wouldn’t be upset if any of 11 of the 12 won.

But if Sanjaya Malakar wins, my foray into reality shows will come to a complete and abrupt halt.  And judging from an article in USA Today this week, I’m not the only one who would stop watching American Idol over this charade.

Why am I so upset?  Here’s a show with 11 talented singers that spend every week trying to improve their vocal quality, strengthen their performance presence and impress America with their passion for singing.  Malakar, on the other hand, spends his time coming up with the weirdest hairdos.  And trust me no hairdo will help his performance.

And what’s worse is that America isn’t talking about Glocksen’s rocker style or Blake Lewis‘ beat-box sound or even the pipes on Doolittle or Jones.  Or the talents of any of the other 11.

I think Simon said it best on Tuesday when he reviewed Malakar’s performance, “I don’t think it matters anymore what we [the judges] say. I genuinely don’t. You are in your own universe. If people like you, good luck.”

I tuned into American Idol for a talent contest, not a popularity contest.  And if that’s what it’s become, I’ll be signing off!

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2 Responses to Is Sanjaya Ruining American Idol?

  1. Diane says:

    What little I’ve seen of American Idol has turned me off this show. I would be glad to support and cheer on an upcoming talented person. And I think it takes alot of nerve and stamina to promote oneself on stage and in front of a thousands of TV watchers, so I give them alal credit for trying. But as you say some talent isn’t worth being promoted, so how did they even get on national TV? And better still isn’t there a pre-screening for talent in these people. If it were just a straight talent contest where one wins, maybe one comes in second place, or the talent isn’t good enough, I would be watching it all the time. But I believe this show is not a talent show but a show of talent to criticize. I believe those judges have nothing to offer the show, except to viewers who enjoy watching the judges make some contestants cry from their criticism. I’m not sure how to say this politically correct, but I think the judges are rude and insensitive about their comments to the contestants, as if they enjoy tearing down their self-esteme. The little of the show was enough to turn me off. And then on the radio each morning I hear the reviews of the previous night’s show and the contestants are ridiculed for their style, talent or non-talent. I am not opposed to opinions that some contestants are not talented, but I feel those judges carry it a little too far.
    Well this is my opinion ! !

  2. DESTINY says:

    HELLO! SANYAYA IS A VERY TALENTED BOY WHO DESERVS A CHANCE
    TO WIN OTHER PEOPLE THINK HE IS RUINING THE SHOW BUT I THINK HE ISN’T. A MOWHAWK GUYS GET OVER IT!! WOULD YOU LIKE SOMEONE TO DO YOU LIKE THAT IF U WERE ON AMERICAN IDOL SO I SUGEST YOU VOTE FOR SANJAYA. WHAT MAKES YALL THINK THAT SANJAYA IS RUINING AMERICAN IDOL IF IT’S THE MOHAWK I DON’T WANNA KNOW BECAUSE IT’S VERY COOL.
    I’M A 10 YEAR OLD GIRL AND I THINK OF SANYAYA AS MY INSARATION IN MY HEART
    YALL COULD HELP ME BY VOTING FOR SANYAYA PLEAS!!!!

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