April 03, 2007 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
As far as singing goes, Melinda Doolittle probably already has American
Idol 6 wrapped up (even though Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, or Lakisha
Jones could still give her a run for her money). The big question of
the American Idol top nine performance show of course was how Sanjaya
Malakar would wear his hair. Surprisingly, Sanjaya went for a
conservative slicked back approach to his hair. On the other hand,
Haley Scarnato was decidedly less conservative with her green dress.
Over the last several weeks, Sanjaya Malakar has raised the importance of hair to a completely new level on American Idol. His ponyhawk will likely go down in Idol history as the most memorable hairstyle ever. Rather than focusing on the performances, most media articles about the American Idol top ten performance show centered around Sanjaya’s hair.
However, instead of trying to outdo his famous ponyhawk, Sanjaya Malakar went with a conservative slicked back hairstyle on the American Idol top nine performance show. While Sanjaya compensated for his hair disappointment by dancing with Paula Abdul, it still left the door open for another performer to gain votes for other reasons besides singing.
While Haley Scarnato could never compete with Sanjaya based on hair, she appears to be playing the revealing dress game to gain votes. Not since Katharine McPhee’s famous yellow dress have so many Idol viewers probably been praying for a wardrobe malfunction at the same time. Her very short green dress did not go unnoticed by the judges either. Paula Abdul said “Did I mention greens a good color for you?” And Simon Cowell added “I think you’ve got great legs.”
Will Haley’s short skirt become more talked about than Sanjaya’s hair? Is Idol becoming more of a hair and wardrobe competition than a singing competition? Who would win if the final two came down to Haley Scarnato and Sanjaya Malakar?