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Sanjaya Malakar

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Turning 10, American Idol Struggles to Make New Stars -- But Mostly Misses

    It's hard to imagine it now, just a shade less than a decade later, but at one time American Idol was able to crank out star after star in a succession of seasons. Most people couldn't name at least one of the last five winners of Fox's cash-cow pop show, even as ratings have remained healthy (if no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Oscar Night 2011: The Live Blog!

    ​We are only less than three hours out from bringing you live-blogging coverage, right here, of this year's Academy Awards, and we are more than excited to take you through the night for every win, loss, awful dress, awesome dress, foible, and foul-up Hollywood throws our way.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Houston's Torrie Wilson: Back From The Jungle, Still D-List

    Photo by Craig HlavatyIn May Hair Balls intrepidly reported that local WWE Diva and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson would be dropped into the middle of a Costa Rican jungle as a contestant on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, NBC's not-so-hit reality TV show that also featured people like Sanja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Idol Beat: The One

    Mea culpa: Yi. I typed this entire post - then accidentally closed the Mozilla Firefox window and lost everything. Let this be a lesson to every blogger out there: compose in Word. For real.Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxAmerican Idol winner Kris Allen practices his "Who, me?" showbiz face. Let's not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 13 Results

    A new wrinkle in the elimination curve! The return of a prodigal Idol winner! A performance from a self-important pop-rap blowhard! Two more contestants falling under the proverbial sword! The first of the dreaded Ford-sponsored videos-cum-advertisements! Gratuitous decolletage courtesy of Paula Abd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Idol Beat: Wild Card Wildout

    Frank Micelotta/ Fox Lucky 13: the American Idol season 8 finalistsFirst off, I'd like to extend a hearty Idol Beat way-to-go to the Fox minion or technological gremlin responsible for causing last night's episode of American Idol to cut out while Simon Cowell and Tatiana Del Toro were quibb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 2 Results

    Ah, Brooke White! Willowy, peanut-brittle fragile Brooke White. Wasn't it just yesterday that America witnessed you struggling not to crack under the pressure of being an American Idol finalist: unsuccessfully fighting back tears, begging the judges for do-overs after flubbing introductions, making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 1 Results

    When contestants on romantic/superficial reality shows are sent packing - when Flav withholds a clock, Tila Tequila declares that you've lost your shot at "love," or whatever - it's tough to empathize with the teary-eyed rejects, because by now the audience recognizes their exile as temporary, a ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Idol Beat, Part 2: Still More Hollywood Week

    DAY 5 This new Idol concept - a lushly appointed "judges' mansion" where contestants on thin ice are forced to sing for their survival - was squandered, somewhat, by the producers. I mean, this was a two-hour show, and really, there was time to make it a bit wacky, with mock bits wherein Simon, Kara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Idol Beat: Hollywood Week, Part 1

    [Note: Because a lot of people are apparently into American Idol, Rocks Off asked contributor Ray Cummings to keep track of this season for us. This is his first report.] "Hollywood Week" marks the point in American Idol's grist-mill rigamorole calendar where the kid gloves come off, when being ... More >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2008

    Lousy Movie: 'Meet the Spartans'

    Few laughs to be had in this lackluster parody

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Houston Astros, Netflix, Congressman Ron Paul

    It could be a year of despair for Astros fans

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    All in all this was one of the most boring weeks ever — what were those songs Blake, Sanjaya, LaKisha and Melinda sang? Broadway or something? The especially delectable guest mentor Gwen Stefani was a saving grace, but man, otherwise that was damn monotonous last night. Although he came on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Here's this week's review and predictions. I have them ranked top-to-bottom by assessment of their performance along with a prediction of what will happen on tonight's results show. — John Nova Lomax Melinda Doolittle: Routinely awesome. We have fun at our house amusing each other by pulling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Dedications week has come to an end and so has "the journey" for four more American Idol contestants. (When did everybody start calling participation in a reality show a "journey"? It's pretentious and really fucking annoying.) Who will hear Daniel Powter's death song this week? Hometown hero Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Dedications week has come to an end and so has "the journey" for four more American Idol contestants. (When did everybody start calling participation in a reality show a "journey"? It's pretentious and really fucking annoying.) Who will hear Daniel Powter's death song this week? Hometown hero Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    If there's a sadder commentary on the state of celeb-obsessed, endlessly validated American youth than the deranged Sarah Goldberg, I have had the good fortune to avoid it thus far. You'll remember her as the 20-year-old New York City auditioner in the pink cowboy hat who butchered the Selena song. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Seattle — what happened? I remember there was once a day not too terribly long ago when you heard no more about that rainy northwestern metropolis than any other large American city. It was a city with a decent basketball team and the perpetually mediocre Seahawks and Mariners. Maybe you knew ... More >>

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