Sanjaya's imagnined threat to collapse the juggernaut that is "American Idol" is the subject of much hand-wringing (with a healthy dose of wish-fulfillment) in the nation's finer news organizations today.
The New York Daily News: "If the teenage troubadour keeps raking in the votes and actually wins, it will undermine the very premise of the show -- that the singer America loves most will win. If Sanjaya comes out on top, it may be because America hates him most."
The Daily News also talks about votefortheworst.com: "Some observers have suggested that VFTW's power springs from being touted by radio's Howard Stern, who seems to share some of Della Terza's sensibility. Stern surely helped, but a measure of VFTW's own popularity repeatedly appeared when a reporter attempted to visit the site in the aftermath of the Mohawk." More here.
But did the Ponyhawk save Sanjaya? realitytvmagazine.com thinks so : "Considering the luck that the pony-hawk brought Sanjaya, some of the other finalists might do well to take a cue from Seacrest and sport their own pony-hawks next week."
Meanwhile, USA Today's Idol Chatter laments that funky hair didn't save Chris Sligh: But I'm going to miss him. He brought humor, unconventionality and the potential for the unexpected to the table, qualities that are in fairly short supply elsewhere this season unless you think bizarre hairstyles are both unconventional and humorous.
From the Orlando Sentinel: Obviously some people want to see Sanjaya succeed to undermine the show. It would be like voting for Tiny Tim rather than Frank Sinatra ... Foolish.