It’s the end of an era, Sanjaya and his hair have left the American Idol building.
So it finally happened: Despite the valiant efforts of Fanjayas and ruckus-causers across the country, the 17-year-old was sent packing.
Based on the response in the auditorium — insane hoots and hollers of joy when Ryan revealed that LaKisha was staying while Sanjaya was leaving — this momentous occasion happened not a minute too soon.
Simon had hinted earlier on that he thought Sanjay’s number might be up:
When Seacrest asked the judges for their comments on the bottom three, Cowell, who had labeled Sanjaya’s Tuesday performance as “utterly horrendous,” said with a Cheshire cat grin, “I’m beginning to sense something here.”
After what he said was a record top-seven vote of 38 million, Seacrest told Lewis to rejoin the rest of the gang and then informed Sanjaya that he’d reached the end of the road. The 17-year-old singer, who had become an internet phenomenon and had given the show tremendous buzz during a season that many have said contains the weakest crop of singers to date (see “10 Reasons (Besides Howard Stern) Why Sanjaya’s Still On ‘Idol’ “), flashed another of his signature ear-to-ear smiles and gave Jones an extended hug.
“I’m fine,” he told Seacrest. “It was an amazing experience.” As he watched his going-away montage, Sanjaya broke into tears, ending his improbable run with another warbly rendition of the Raitt song.
But in the classic Sanjaya fashion fans came to love, the camera-savvy finalist overcame his weak vocals by giving people one last thing to talk about. In a tip of the hat to the fascination with his ever-changing hairdos, Sanjaya ad-libbed a line and sang, “Let’s give them something to talk about … other than hair.”
“I can promise you: We won’t soon forget you,” Seacrest said.
I say give it 6 weeks
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