Will Simon Cowell Really Leave if Sanjaya Wins?
American Idol's Simon Cowell has said that if Sanjaya Malakar wins, Simon himself will leave the show. Is this just an "idle" threat? Maybe not. After all, the show that American Idol was based on, Pop Idol, had Simon Cowell as a judge, but rumor has it he left because he didn't like the way the audience voted. He created his own show, X Factor, and was then sued by Simon Fuller, creator of both Pop Idol and American Idol.

So would Simon really carry out his threat? It's looking more and more like Sanjaya might be sticking around.

Even Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, has weighed in on the Sanjaya situation. When asked by a WOKQ-FM radio host if there was "anything she could do about Sanjaya Malakar," Clinton said it was the best question she'd been asked in a long time. She seems to feel that people really want Sanjaya to win, or they wouldn't be voting for him.

"Well, you know, people can vote for whomever they want. That's true in my election, and it's true on American Idol."

Yes. Yes it is. But the question is, are people voting for Sanjaya because they really think he deserves to win?

Ratings for American Idol are down seven percent this season, prompting critics to wonder if the contestants' talent (or lack thereof) is to blame.  

Even American Idol judge Paula Abdul, usually a lot kinder than Simon Cowell, seems to be running low on polite comments. ''I just can't say that they're really good if they're not,'' she says. ''I just can't anymore.''

"We're doing as well as we are doing with not a great cast at the moment, to be honest with you," Cowell says. "They are not the best bunch of kids we've ever had."

-Mel Harris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press
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