Now that American Idol has aired on the West Coast, I think it’s safe to blog this:
WOOHOO!!! Sanjaya got voted off!!!
The folks at VoteForTheWorst.com are unhappy, of course, and I’m sure Howard Stern is, too. But the vast majority of Idol’s fan base is relieved, as we can stop fretting about the possibility of Sanyaja (gasp) winning… and stop listening to him sing (or should I say, “sing”) every Tuesday night. If you missed it, here’s the ghastly performance that finally led to his ouster:
For all the hype, controversy, hunger strikes and so forth, Sanjaya didn’t get as far as the last severely under-talented contestant to make it into Idol’s later rounds: Buffalo’s own John Stevens, who wasn’t voted out until the Top 6 show of Season 3, outlasting Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (who was voted out at the Top 7 stage, which is what last night’s show was). Of course, Sanjaya was significantly worse than John, and also, I think Sanjaya’s fan base was more cynical, voting for him because he was bad, whereas John’s fan base was more delusional, failing to recognize that he was bad. But still.
Anyway, 7 out of 14 contestants in my American Idol pool correctly predicted Sanjaya’s eviction. Only two of them, however — myself and my co-leader, Jay Johnson — picked Sanjaya this week after having never predicted his ouster in any previous week. (Mark Gardner and Kevin Hauschulz had each picked him once before; Marty West, twice; Toni Namnath, three times; and Vicki from NJ, a whopping five times. Heh.)
Updated standings after the jump.
Please note: Due to a tabulation error in Week 3, which I just discovered while making an Excel spreadsheet of the contest, Scott Fort has previously been credited on the blog with a point he did not earn. I’ve corrected the error now, and his point total has been reduced accordingly. Sorry, Scott… and sorry, Vicki, this means you were never actually in last place. :)
Jay Johnson 11*
Brendan Loy 11*
Marty West 8*
Jen Featherston 8
Mark Gardner 7*
Kevin Hauschulz 6*
Toni Namnath 6*
Rebecca Loy 6
Melissa Clouthier 6
Vicki from NJ 5*
Derek Walden 5
Kate Spitz 5
David K. 3
Scott Fort 2
* = correctly picked Sanjaya this week
Incidentally, if Jay and I stay tied for first place, either both getting it right or both getting it wrong for the remainder of the contest, Jay will win based on a tiebreaker dating all the way back to the Top 12 show, the last time one of us was right (him) and the other was wrong (me).