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American Idol – What Would You Do If You Were Sanjaya?

April 10, 2007 07:29 AM by Joe Blackmon

Sanjay_walkingYou’re selected to be on the most popular television show in America by
three of the most recognized judges of musical talent in the world. As you progress
through the show, the same judges that selected you as one of the best
twenty-four out of hundreds of thousands of auditions suddenly turn on
you. One of them even says that he will quit the show if you win, even
though he was part of selecting you to be there in the first place.

You start hearing rumors that the media is fixated on your hair. You also hear that websites and even Howard Stern are endorsing that people vote for you because they think you are the worst singer on the show. Knowing that part of the reason you might still be on the show is not for reason that you would want it to be, what would you do? Would you voluntarily quit the show? Would you walk away from your dream of getting a recording contract?

People who are demanding that Sanjaya quit the show should try to put themselves in Sanjaya’s shoes. As part of American Idol, Sanjaya gets instruction from some of the best vocal coaches in the world. As part of the top ten, Sanjaya will get to go on a tour where he will likely earn a substantial sum of money. If Sanjaya wins, then he will get a guaranteed record deal.

If Sanjaya were to quit the show, then people would label him as a quitter. No record label would ever want to touch him, because they would be afraid his heart wouldn’t be in promoting his CDs. Quitting American Idol would be the absolutely worst thing that Sanjaya could ever do to his career.

Would you walk away from your own dreams just because other people are criticizing you? Would you give up being trained by the best in the business just because some people thought you weren’t good enough? Could you walk away from all the financial benefits that come from being part of one of the biggest tours of the Summer?

At only seventeen, Sanjaya will continue to grow and get better as a singer. And the best way for Sanjaya to continue to improve is to stay on American Idol and go on the tour so that he can keep working with the Idol vocal coaches. 

While it is completely understandable why many people are upset that more talented singers could be paying the price for the vote for the worst movement, the point of this article is that the blame shouldn’t be directed at Sanjaya. Sanjaya is only doing what probably the majority of people would do in his same position. Scratch that, Sanjaya is actually doing better than what the majority of people would probably do in his same position. A lot of people would probably crack under the pressure, but this seventeen year old kid is continuing to hold his head proud and do his best in the competition. He even seems to be having a little fun with America’s infatuation with his hair.

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36 Responses to “American Idol – What Would You Do If You Were Sanjaya?”

  1. C Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 7:52 am

    THANK YOU, FINALLY, for a positive article.

    Everything you said is right on!

    Sanjaya would be foolish to throw this exciting opportunity away.

    Go Sanjaya! You’re doin’ great!

  2. spoogy Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Thanks, this what I been saying all alone. The judges put him their. And like I said once before, he have more guts than the average adults. No, SanJaya not suppost to quick because american believe he not a good singer. We all have dreams. He is an american idol because lots of teen would have quit and turn to drugs or committed suscide. So I applaud SanJaya for sticking it out. He just gives a lot of teenager courage not to give up on their dream. Besides I have heard worst. And as for worst he not. He has a soft voice.

  3. Chloe Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 8:17 am

    No, he should not quit.

  4. kiurias Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Yep! Those judges shouldnt hav put him there if they thought he wasnt good enough…if anything he should win, so that judges will be more considerate towards really talented folk next time they’re making the cut! Vote 4 Sanjaya!!

  5. anthony Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I would step down to give the other deserving contestants a chance

  6. C Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Anthony …

    lol … no you wouldn’t.

  7. ML Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:48 am

    His attitude stinks worse than his singing, he is treating the competition like a joke and that is a BIG part of the problem with him. He is EXTREMELY disrespectful and arrogant, not exactly an endearing trait for someone with such a low level of talent.

  8. Penny Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:56 am

    “I would step down to give the other deserving contestants a chance”

    That’s a load of B.S.

  9. DL Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 10:10 am

    He is not an American!! It’s unfair that he is competing in the contest!! He should be competing in his own country- they have Idol contests all over the world! He should be sent back to his own country to compete!!

  10. ron Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 10:23 am

    DL… where are you from?

    no.. I mean what country are you from?

    well.. whereever you’re from, let the defintion of an American defined by us americans, alright?

    go back to your own country if you don’t like an Indian-Italian American being an American Idol.

  11. C Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 11:07 am

    to DL

    How stupid can you BE?

    His father is from India!

    Sanjaya was born HERE in the US!

    That makes him American, dear.

  12. Monica Lee Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 11:14 am

    DL

    What planet are you from?

    Are you friends with Don Imus or Rosie O’Donnell? LOL For your information, Sanjaya was born in the Seattle Area.

    I’m more compelled to vote when ugly Americans like DL bitch about Sanjya ruining the integrity of a FOX reality show.

  13. Karen Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    I am not a Sanjaya fan at all but he is not the first contestant to get further than more talented people (Sabrina for one), or the first contestent to start out strong and then go downhill as the season went on. Remember Jasmine, Kevin, Carmen, John Stevens, John Peter, etc. They sounded a lot better in the beginning of the season and petered out as time went on and also “should have” gone home earlier. I personally don’t see how Antonella or Haley got chosen over some of the other girl contestants either this season so I certainly can’t “blame” Sanjaya because somehow Haley is still here too :)

  14. rex Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Its human nature to think ourselves to be a superior being.So When someone becomes famous, every couch potato in the world feels he should be there cos he is so better. All those critising Sanjaya belongs to that group.All i can say is that I have full pity for all you sanjaya bashers. After your so called greatness he is still there. The truth is that he has overshadowed all others. He has used his minutes of fame boldly and has shown character. I dont care he sings well or not. Today music industry runs on packaging and the most important thing needed in todays time is charisma, not talent. So stop being jealous. Remember all you cribbers-God has smiled upon him and hope that someday god will smile upon your own pathetic existence. This is the great american dream all about.

  15. Kumar Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    LOL…DL…LOL! You, Rosie O’Donnell, O’Brien (or is it NO’Brain?) ought to be kept in mueseum.
    First of all. Sanjaya is not an Indin!(His father is. Sorry for the color disguise. Cant help that can you?!)
    Secondly let me clear that Indain call center voting stuff! The numbers in call centers are autodialed and they cant call to the neighbor if they wanted to (this you would know if you spent time on general knowledge and knowing the remaining world rather than wathcing TV shows and eating icecream and then probably joining hunger strike to saving the world dreams!)
    the time of voting here is morning 3 in India. The number for voting changes every show, the only way to know is watching the show. Investigate how many viewers are there in india for this pathetic American Idol show. Teenagers of 11 years and like are absolutely ROCKING on other idol shows (american Idol has the least talented kids , due to obvious reaons of getting addicted to food, sex and TV rather than character and knowledge and etc etc).
    I even heard people saying India and china etc are copying AMerican Idol. For those immatures heres the Wisdom: Amrican idol is a part of an Idol franchise. Before American Idol there is Idol program in britan and Europe..GET THAT?!!
    Now what would it take for Indians who dont basically watch American Idol, vote for an American (whom the illiterate..er i mean literate high school drop outs, think is an indian) at 3:00 A.M in the morning dialing a phone and extention (which they could’nt get without watching the show) thorugh a call center which wont let them dial private numbers without geting caught by the Call center management for using the phone for personal reasons.
    You know what for some reason that Stupid who raised this conspiracy theory sounds more intelligent than you after your comment on him being an INDIAN. LOL…KUDO’s to your Racism. You rock America. Well ofcource next to germany!!

  16. Dog Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Haley is still there because she is HOT!! Her legs are the bomb! And, she knows it – notice her outfits lately.

  17. kumar Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    DL dear!
    Dont listen to your mom and pop for your decessions on the following
    1) First impressions are persons
    2)view about american deals with the rest of the world
    3) Which party you want to be
    4)etc..etc

    Use internet and other resources at your disposal. Watch all channels ..not just FOX, Just CNN , Just comedy central and get information. Then investigate the authenticity of the information and then discuss and then analyze. then think ratinally and morale etc etc.. When a tiger kills a rabbit THINK..Why did it kill the rabbit? If a person acted bad to you …THINK what made him act that way..Apply gandhian philosophy to life and know the world . CUZ the world is lot more beautiful and informative and never ending interesting things if you come out of your parents or who ever’s opiniated heads…OK? Will you do that ?! It will definetely help you grow and learn more about the rest of the beings living on this planet. Would you agree that you are not true american but the Indian americans whom your ancestor fought with guns and all are? I would consider and be diplomatic but you would’nt cus you only know what shows your parents showed you. What comments your parents made about other people. What clothes your parents bought you. What food your parents fed you. What culture your parents bought you up in. this wont help you grow beyond even your state , how would you grow beyond america?!!!

  18. kumar Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    By the way just because I am so much stressed about you guys bashing about sanjaya does’nt mean that I am not a fan of Melinda Doolittle. She is the one I am always voting for. She will win!

  19. Briana Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Hey I love this article. Finaly something that isnt bashing sanjaya. I love him and think he is the BEST in the competition!! He is amazing vocaly and everything else. I hope he wins because he deserves it!
    I LOVE YOU SANJAYA!

  20. Sanjayafan Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    What I would do if I was Sanjaya? I would not listen to the people and the media how mean they have been being to him. I would not listen to that because I think that would hurt his feelings and I know it would hurt mine if I was him. I would enjoy the moment like he is because he knows that some people are being mean to him and others like his fans are not. I would practice more, yeah Sanjaya can sing, but he can be louder so I would work on that. THE MOST THING I WOULD DO IS NOT LISTEN TO PEOPLE THAT ARE TALKING BAD ABOUT ME ON TV BECAUSE IT IS ONLY HIM THAT IS BEING MADE FUN OF ON THE SHOW. NOW ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YOU GO SANJAYA THIS WEEK AND WOW THE CROWD.

  21. nigel lythgoe Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    the only way sanjaya will lose is if someone kills him

    anyone wanna make $100,000?

  22. Christopher Nicholson Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    AI jumped the shark when they made a pop culture icon out of William Hung. It wasn’t just including him in “worst” montages, but they kept the joke running way too long until it took a life of its own.

    While Sanjaya has enough real talent to have been chosen by the judges for the top 24, many people, myself included, stopped taking AI seriously several seasons ago and are rooting for Sanjaya to put an end to a franchise that has run its course.

  23. Anonymous Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    I too applaud Sanjaya’s courage in the face of adversity. And, I am baffled by the concept that he is taking the place of so many more deserving singers. Ummm… he has ONE spot, and only one. Were he already voted off, that would only be an opportunity for one other singer, not a multitude.

  24. Ashley T. Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    I am a huge American Idol fan and I am honestly SICK that America would keep Sanjaya on the show. He has no talent and all I hear is people singing his praises. He must go home! I can hear him singing right now and I want to throw-up!

  25. Janney Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    This is just my second season to watch American Idol, so I am not as informed as most of your viewers about the elimination process. But, I trust that when the end comes, that the best and most talented singer will be the winner. Although most of us vote for the person or music we like, we also want the best to win. I trust that Americans will use good judgement.

  26. Tyler Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Sanjaya is a really great person. this guy’s right most of us couldn’t do it but i look up 2 Sanjaya like an older brother i never had cuz we look alike and he also shows me what a TRUE American Idol would do and that’s stick in this thing until he has a CD on the top charts and he won’t give up so u people just need to open ur eyes and see this guy has just as much class as my personal buddy Elliott Yamin.

  27. DJ Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    This is great blog. He shouldn;t quit. Everyone be honest. This is just a show, have fun. He is much better than few others still in the show. Just listen.

  28. edge Says:
    April 11th, 2007 at 4:13 am

    Go ahead sanjaya, do not quit! Fight till the end!

  29. Holly Says:
    April 11th, 2007 at 8:51 am

    To the idiot above who said Sanjaya needs to not be on American Idol because he isn’t Amwrican…SANJAYA IS AMERICAN! He is from Seattle. That was an ignorant thing for you to say. America is a lovely place filled with people from all over the world.

    I think Sanjaya is great–and I’m 29 years old and not a 12 year old. I admire him. He’s only 17! He deserves the accolades he is getting. He is being himself and that is fantastic. He isn’t like Hayley–half dressed and unable to sing.

  30. Chloe Says:
    April 11th, 2007 at 11:36 am

    OK people. All you female teenie-weenies with your little cell phones — isn’t it fun to vote for Sanja (or whatever) at your sleep over during spring break. Then you can giggle, giggle some more and all that stuff. He’s just sooooooooooooo cute — giggle giggle –
    that’s what you thought about Michael — and look what the final outcome was. Shall we try for two?

    In the meantime — have fun — however, later, down the line, please GROW UP — and try to understand REAL talent when you see it.

    I’m for different judges. Randy Jackson — enough! Paul always talks about how nice they look — believe me there is no way Lakisha looks good with all that bulging blubber at the top of her dress – and the fat arms flapping. Please someone with sense of taste — please dress this woman!!!!!!!! Cover up her boobs and arms — it’s a total distraction from her singing.

  31. Chloe Says:
    April 11th, 2007 at 11:38 am

    OK people. All you female teenie-weenies with your little cell phones — isn’t it fun to vote for Sanja (or whatever) at your sleep over during spring break. Then you can giggle, giggle some more and all that stuff. He’s just sooooooooooooo cute — giggle giggle –
    that’s what you thought about Michael — and look what the final outcome was. Shall we try for two?

    In the meantime — have fun — however, later, down the line, please GROW UP — and try to understand REAL talent when you see it.

    I’m for different judges. Randy Jackson — enough! Paul always talks about how nice they look — believe me there is no way Lakisha looks good with all that bulging blubber at the top of her dress – and the fat arms flapping. Please someone with sense of taste — please dress this woman!!!!!!!! Cover up her boobs and arms — it’s a total distraction from her singing.

  32. Ted Says:
    April 11th, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Whoa…some of you people need to step away from the TV and leave it off for a while…maybe it will be safe for you to come back in 2011.

    Get a life, people. First, to DL, you need to stop and reevaluate why you are such a hateful bigotted person. Unfortunately, what so many bigots like DL don’t understand is that your very bigotry makes you look like an uneducated foolish backwater redneck. Your words do not belittle the target nearly as much as they belittle you. People lose respect for you since you obviously are so obsessed with irrelevencies like race that you can’t see past it.

    And for those who don’t like Sanjaya, realize this. Even if he is the least talented of the top-X singers this year, HE IS POPULAR. And that is what this is about. He has star-power. Even if he will only be a star to the teenagers, they buy magazines like TeenIdol, Teen, etc. They will buy concert tickets and they obviously like him. They’ll probably buy his music in droves. Can you tell me that teen pop stars are all the most talented singers? I don’t think so. Get off your high horse. Just because others are more talented singers, does not make them more popular entertainers and this show is about popularity.

    Besides, the AI finalists from 3-10 are essentially equivalent for the benefits they get from the system. They all go on the AI tour and they don’t get anything more or less than the other non-top-2 get except the extra weeks of air-time on the show. Also, since most of those eliminated so far are not in the same genre, they are unlikely to affect each others’ popularity or post-AI careers. Some of the ones left may be competing with each other, but the ones eliminated so far are pretty distinct from each other.

  33. Anita Says:
    April 12th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Nobody other than people in America are allowed to vote for American Idol.When they show the program here in Malaysia we are also told the you cannot vote.Sanjaya is not an Indian citizen but his father was.His mother is of Italian origin. He is not an Indian citizen and so he cannot participate in idol competition in India .

  34. Anita Says:
    April 12th, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Nobody other than people in America are allowed to vote for American Idol.When they show the program here in Malaysia we are also told the you cannot vote.Sanjaya is not an Indian citizen but his father was.His mother is of Italian origin. He is not an Indian citizen and so he cannot participate in idol competition in India .

  35. I would Says:
    April 14th, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Well, I am a fan of Sanjaya and what I would do if I was him is just live the moment being on tv. I really hope after this though that he will still be on tv because he is just a doll. Well, He is going on tour with all the top 10 and I can not wait to see him. Another thing I would do if I was him is just listen to what his fans have to say. Not the people that hate him. SANJAYA YOU ROCK NO MATTER WHAT AMERICA SAYS.

  36. AZ Says:
    April 14th, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    I’m going to keep voting for Sanjaya if it pisses off the racist a–holes

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