OK, this has nothing to do whatsoever with mysteries unless of course you're one of those people baffled by the allegedly mysterious appeal of American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar. But since I mentioned on my CrimeSpace page that I'm an American Idol addict, more than a few people here have wanted my views. (Not suprising. Talking to other AI viewers is probably the best thing about watching AI.) Well, I admit it. I'm a fan of Sanjaya. And, no, not because I listen to Howard Stern or want to sabotage the show, but because he makes for such spectacular television. Despite what everyone says, he really doesn't have a bad voice. He's no KiKi or Mindy Doo, but I'll take his voice over Chris's anyday. And it's not because he's a great performer. It's because he's so lovably awkward. The overgrown bangs, the stringbean physique, his love of hula. I had altogether different problems as a youngster, but he still reminds me of what it's like to be a teenager. But, unlike most people stuck in those awkward years, Sanjaya doesn't seem to mind. He takes himself for whoever he happens to be on a given day and deals with it. When he embraced his inner dragqueen to sing Ain't No Mountain High Enough, it just about brought a tear to my eye. So go ahead, Sanjaya, you keept doing your thang, even when it involves a faux hawk reminiscent of My Little Pony, and I'll keep cheering for you.

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Comment by Alafair Burke on July 8, 2007 at 10:37pm
Are you kidding? I love that monster.
Comment by Tom Cain on July 8, 2007 at 7:53pm
I would just like to apologise, on behalf of the British people, for our part in creating the monster that is Simon Cowell!
Comment by Lesa Holstine on April 20, 2007 at 10:34am
Here in Glendale, AZ, we're cheering for Jordin. But, I did feel bad for Sanjaya last night when he cried. He is just a kid.
Comment by Alafair Burke on April 10, 2007 at 10:25am
Blake's the beat box guy. And yes I like him too. Last year's people were much better, however.
Comment by Steven Torres on April 10, 2007 at 9:07am
Well...If you insist. But he just doesn't have the vocals. Not a bad voice, but not a great one either. Better than me, but I don't sing at all. Not even the shower. Melinda and Lakisha have the best voices easily, but then I don't think either one is an IDOL. Meaning, they're not pop enough. Frankly, if it wasn't for those two, I'd say the competition this year was very weak - maybe the human beat-box...

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