This is probably not news to lots of people, but apparently Howard Stern is urging people to visit votefortheworst.com and vote for Sanjaya Malakar to win American Idol. Sanjaya is apparently quite untalented so we of course should not be idolizing him. Simon Cowell has threatened to quit if Sanjaya is not met with the voter scorn he apparently deserves.
A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Cowell’s comment, but the network said in a statement that efforts like Mr. Stern’s do not affect the results. “With 30 million votes every week, and hundreds of millions of votes over the season, the power of true fans of ‘American Idol’ dwarfs any attempt of people trying to gain notoriety,” the statement said. “Despite the press coverage, these campaigns don’t affect who moves forward in the competition.”
I am a little bit skeptical of the notion that Howard Stern could actually gain any more notoriety than he already has, but I could be wrong. I am also a little scared of the awesome power of true fans of the Idol*. Read Howard Stern Tries to Kill ‘American Idol’ With Kindness for a Weak Link in the New York Times.
* I’m also a little alarmed about this.