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“What do you mean by ‘winning?’” he posed to TV Week. “Taylor (Hicks) won the competition, but he isn’t the one selling albums at the moment. So what is the win at the end of the day?”
Lythgoe also said he’d be “shocked” if Sanjaya won, but confirmed that the “entertainer” has a solid fan base because of his “dare to be different” attitude.
“I do understand why people vote for him; I really do. I think Sanjaya is going to win in the sense that he’s going to have a very interesting career. He’s certainly going to have food for the rest of his life, isn’t he?”
Sanjaya, who was roundly criticized in the earlier rounds of Idol has lived up to the hype in recent weeks, standing out as the most entertaining, laugh-getting and memorable performer on the show. And in fact, the easily-turned tide of media opinion is shifting in his favor.
The only surprise is that Sanjaya finished in the middle of the pack in last night’s voting, with Lakisha Jones, Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks in the Top 3. Gina Glocksen was sent back to the bratwurst festival circuit in Chicago, and despite Lythgoe’s caveat we don’t see her doing Daughtry business.
But as for Sanjaya– just wait til next week!
The theme is Latin music! And Sanjaya could very well show up with a Carmen Miranda fruit basket on his head– that is, if Ryan Seacrest doesn’t beat him to it.
Jennifer Lopez– a Sanjaya-ish pop star– meaning one who gets by on performance, style and charisma– and whose less-than-Aquilerian voice is plumped and caressed by pop music producers–will be the mentor. You can bet she won’t pull a Tony Bennett and skip the results show. Her latest album is doing Taylor Hicks numbers. (And will anyone be offended if we say she has a big butt???)