Yes, Sanjaya Malakar is a poor singer. He's a kid, so that's no knock against him as a person... but c'mon, he's one of the top 10 unsigned singers in the country? Ludicrous. I think it's hilarious that VoteForTheWorst.com has kept him in this long and that he'll get to go on the top-10 tour this summer. Idol fans shouldn't be upset, because in the end they'll have more votes than VFTW's followers and they'll get the singer they want, but in the meantime it's quite entertaining to see the horror of the audition round extended a few more weeks.
[VFTW founder] Della Terza claims Fox once issued a cease-and-desist order demanding he take copyrighted "Idol" material off his site, a move Fox confirms.
"Millions of fans of 'American Idol' vote for their favorites each season," the network proclaims in a statement, "and that success speaks far louder than the specious ramblings of any mean-spirited and insignificant Web site."
Della Tersa is undeterred. "They're as dumb as the 12-year-olds that write to us," he says.
"All we're doing is getting people to watch their show. ... You're idiots. We're [earning] you money for the sponsors!"
It's just a huge game, it isn't a matter of life and death. VFTW enhances the entertainment value of Idol immensely, not least because Simon Cowell has threatened to quit if Sanjaya wins. Let the circus continue!