is no Fred Astaire. This should be self-evident. However, Sanjaya tried to channel the late, great dancer/singer/actor with his rendition of “Cheek to Cheek” on Tuesday, a song made famous by Astaire in the 1935 film “Top Hat”. You may have seen the Astaire version in "The Green Mile", where it was featured in one of that movie's more emotional scenes. The song, accompanied by Astaire's dancing, makes for an incredibly beautiful scene in "Top Hat", an iconic scene, one that is subtle and moving and flawlessly executed.
Kind of the exact opposite of Sanjaya's performance on Tuesday's American Idol
Now, I understand that Sanjaya is doing his best out there. He's doing all he can with the talent he possesses. Up until this week I actually felt bad for him. He's found himself in this absurd maelstrom, receiving a preposterous amount of media coverage that mostly focuses on how bad he is. But, Sanjaya's performance two days ago changed my mind for good. Somehow, Sanjaya has become arrogant.
He's been put in a bad situation (being the worst contestant on an enormously popular TV, the butt of countless jokes, etc.), a situation that would be difficult to handle for anyone. However, when Simon Cowell (who you know wants to be ruthless but holds back) again subverts the urge to verbally abuse your performance on national TV and shows almost otherworldly restraint, you should not proceed to yell back at him, “Welcome to the universe of Sanjaya!”
That is not a humble way to approach things. Especially after you butcher a song made famous by the great Fred Astaire, a song that's been performed by other pantheon-level singers, like Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. I guarantee none of them yelled “Welcome to my universe,” after finishing the song. Yeah, Sanjaya's a 17-year old kid who doesn't know any better. It shouldn't matter. My guess is that Sanjaya has been told so often how great he is by his friends and family, that he's actually started to believe it. That's certainly the way it looks.
I'm interested in what you all think. What is Sanjaya's mindset right now? Does he think he's great? Has he gotten cockier recently? Feel free to comment below. The best comments may be posted in an upcoming BuddyTV article.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer