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No Talent, No Problem for Sanjaya

4/1/2007 4:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sanjaya MalakarJust because "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar isn't the strongest singer on the show, it doesn't mean he won't have a career ... so says a music insider to TMZ.

Stuart Meyer is an A&R rep for Sub Pop Records -- home to early Nirvana and The Shins, and just happens to be based in Sanjaya's hometown, Seattle. Meyer says that actually being able to sing is just one quality a pop star needs to have. "He has a charm about him that is key to being a pop star," Meyer says. "Some of the biggest pop stars, like Madonna and Britney, aren't exactly the best singers." Word.

Meyer added that he thinks Sanjaya has "a bright future ahead," saying, "I'm sure someone will sign him, he has personality."

No matter what you think of Sanjaya's so-called voice, Meyer says he does have a leg-up on a lot of other pop stars. "You have to give him credit for getting out there and singing live; a lot of the biggest pop stars out there today rarely do that." Um, Ashlee Simpson anyone?

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Rhonda Watkins    

this show is to pick someone whom can sing not just look good if u want to win by looking good start another reality show!

2721 days ago
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Vic    

All you Grandma's need to do is put your hearing aids in. Cute kid, great smile means nothing. This is a SINGING COMPETITION!

2721 days ago
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Jeannette    

Yeah, I am a Grandmother too, but this kids popularity is just because all the little teeny-boppers are the only ones voting, evidently! Just the judges should vote...Or maybe the viewers voting for the WORST? I have a thought...How about voting on the "talent, stage presence,
skills, & abilities"? Geez, one more week of this farce, & I'm not even watching!

2721 days ago
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terry wyman    

Quit picking at Sanjaya, it is not his fault that he is still there...

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