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Sanjaya Fever!

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:42 am
by russ
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Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:32 am
by Jake
Saw that. I actually made Jolie get out of the bath and watch that on the Tivo. It's Sanjayamania!

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:44 am
by Jake
PS - Sanjaya's sister was looking great in the crowd. Reminds me of the Khajuraho temples. Those 10th century sculptors really knew how to portray women, heh heh.

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:11 am
by grounded5am
i saw on the front page of yahoo something about that. there is some talk that the whole crying fans thing was staged.

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:09 pm
by Jake
grounded5am wrote:there is some talk that the whole crying fans thing was staged.

Not according to the LA Times:

First things first: Who was the crying girl? After the show, I chatted with Idol’s newest superstar, the crying girl, Ashley Ferl, aged 13, from Riverside. For some long minutes after the show, Ashley remained in a state of inconsolable sobbing, unable to choke out a single word. However, through an interpreter (her mother) we were eventually able to learn some facts about the young superstar.

The family, I was told, obtained tickets on a website to attend a taping of “Smarter Than a 5th Grader” a day passage that included not just the taping of the show itself, but also the dress rehearsal of either “Grader” or “Idol.” The fates were kind, and the mother and daughter found their way to the “Idol” rehearsal, where Ashley’s waterworks began. Her prowess was quickly brought to the attention of “Idol” producers who summoned the clan to a ringside seat of honor at the final taping.

Her powers of speech slowly returning, Ashley revealed that while she was on stage she had been thinking that “this was the coolest thing ever.” Asked whom she was supporting in the competition she named “Sanjaya, Melinda, Gina and Jordin” as her picks, refusing to narrow her vote down to a single choice. All my journalistic powers of persuasion, cajoling, bullying and insistence that on her vote might turn the entire competition, that “Listen to reason, young Ferl, there can’t be four American Idols,” would not convince her to name a single favorite. To my every argument, she would only repeat her mantra, “All Four: Sanjaya, Melinda, Gina and Jordin.” And so the race begins in earnest, with tears at every step of the way.

Awesome. So great.

So I guess you could call it "staged" in that the producers saw her bawling like a 1964 Ed Sullivan show Beatle fan at the rehearsal so they stuck her up front for the taping... But those tears were SINCERE!

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:18 pm
by D. Phillips
What in the fuck are you people watching?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:34 pm
by Sven Killer Robot Spacema
I'm an Old Skool Kat but two shows in a row focusing on music from 35 to 50 years ago seems like a huge tactical error. Who's calling the shots over there? 75 year old Clive Davis? The Diana Ross show featured a bunch of songs that black people smoked pot and scewed to in the early 70's.
How many fun Supremes songs were sung--one?
40 million people watching and the best they can come up with this week is Lulu? Both weeks the judges took it out on the singers as if it was their fault. You gotta mix it up baby! 80's one week then 60's then country then current then 70's. .Are they getting greedy and trying to get people in their 60's and 70's to watch too? Or are they trying to destroy the franchise? Somethin' ain't right here..I smell a rat!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:29 am
by amighty
I kind of agree with you - all season I've been wondering "why the fuck do they all sing these shitty songs?". You'd think young, aspiring singers would want to sing something that they might want to sing professionally. Instead they seem to pick mostly sappy ballads that would even be too lame for Celine D.

On that note - go Blake!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:09 am
by Barabajagal
Jake wrote:PS - Sanjaya's sister was looking great in the crowd. Reminds me of the Khajuraho temples. Those 10th century sculptors really knew how to portray women, heh heh.


Not work safe--esp. if you work in an anthropology dept!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:27 pm
by LionIndex
Aw heck, if I lived in Riverside I'd cry tears of joy if I was able to escape, even if just for a couple hours.