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How Sanjaya is Winning

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American Idol should be thanking their lucky stars. Here they are turning the corner and there are no super hot chicks, no super fantastic singers - except for maybe LaKisha Jones - and the only remaining dudes are boyband rejects.

If it wasn't for Sanjaya this would be the worst American Idol ever.

And Simon can smirk and squirm every time the 17 year old doesn't suck, but the truth is Fox fucked up in trusting that the mob would simply deliver them another Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, or Katharine McPhee, but instead the madding crowds sent up another William Hung. Garbage in, Seacrest out.

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Which is fine because the sad truth is someone like LaKisha Jones is ten times the singer as someone like Clay Aiken, but even if she won, do you think Idol would promote her as a champ the same way they promoted Clay as a loser? Don't hold your breath. How much have you seen Reuben or Fantasia lately?

Their record deals and therefore their careers are tied with American Idol who are partners in their futures. If I was LaKisha I'd be voting for Sanjaya too because Jennifer Hudson showed that the best thing that can happen to real singers post-Idol is to get out of the Idol-machine. And as Clay can tell you, the only way out is to lose.

Sanjaya is precisely the Frankenstein this show has been waiting for. A program that has nothing to do with music, or singing, but instead about money and lowest common denominator.

America wants its hot chick, and today Maxim fills that void. Perfectly.