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Sanjaya Blows on the Road

7/13/2007 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The talent-free hairball that is Sanjaya is on the "American Idol" summer tour, and wouldn't you know it, he still can't sing a lick!

TMZ caught up with the vocally challenged Idol in Greenville, South Carolina where he successfully turned a cover of the classic "Life is a Highway" into road kill -- singing only a couple of the right words,running out of breath mid-performance, and resorting to the same head-shaking antics that previously made you want to throw your television out the nearest window. A little pitchy!

Chris Sligh joined Sanjy on stage, but looked like he didn't want anything to do with the singing part of the "performance" -- quietly playing his guitar on the opposite side of the stage while the lyric butchering commenced. While my guitar gently weeps!


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46.

Spurs    

Just to set the record straight, the only reason Sanloser got as far as he did on AI, was because the idiot retard that runs a site called "Vote For The Worst" got people to vote for him because they cannot stand the show, so they were trying to keep him on so the show would be ruined. It had 100%, absolutely nothing to do with talent, because he DOES NOT HAVE ANY. All his 11 year old fans need to get their hearing checked.

2605 days ago
47.

r5agwatcher    

i LOVE THIS GUY TO PIECES!!!!!!!

2605 days ago
48.

Vaughn    

*is confused*

According to a bunch of reports, his mike actually went constantly out in NC, along with Blake's back pedals. I would give up too.

2605 days ago
49.

digigirl02    

Why does everyone hate Sanjaya? I happen to like him and think he has a great voice.

2605 days ago
50.

QUINCYGIRL    

HE WAS HORRIBLE ON IDOL, SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN TOP 20. ACTUALLY PATHETIC. THIS IS PROBABLY THE WORST IDOL TOUR EVER. AS MUCH AS I LOVE MELINDA, I WOULD NOT SPEND MY MONEY ON SEEING THIS TOUR.!

2605 days ago
51.

sukey    

Not so fast, TMZ. Independent reviewers of the show have quite the opposite to say -- that he even manages to outsing Melinda during their duet. TMZ always looking to the dark side.

2605 days ago
52.

The Timeline    

Quick question, folks - of all of you who are lavishing your hate onto this boy, now three months after he was voted off Idol... have any of you actually SEEN the stage show? You showed me a snippet that had a momentary bobble in it. I could show you several full length videos that showed him doing excellent work on a solo version of "The Way You Make Me Feel" and a terrific duet of "Proud Mary" where he kept pace with none other than Melinda Doolittle.

I can also quote you any number of reviews from newspapers and blogs that state he was a nice surprise.

The thing that I find deeply troubling about this is that really hardcore Idol watchers who have been following the tour know that Sanjaya has actually been doing very well and he's been able, in a large degree, to improve some of the public relations damage done to him on Idol. As a result of THIS CLIP, there are now headlines popping that this boy, who has worked so hard, who is so much more talented than he has been given credit for, is "reportedly" damaging the AI tour.

This is shoddy reporting, it's damaging, and it's WRONG. Your continued persecution of this boy is WRONG.

If you've actually seen the show - the entire show - and feel that all his work on it is so substandard as to have been damaging to your enjoyment of the tour, then you may have some cause for criticism, but if this hate agenda is based on blips, snippets and vague "reports" that are not backed up by a thorough review of the entire tour experience - including Sanjaya's work on other songs - then they have no validity. I understand Blake Lewis had significant technical problems in his first couple of shows. Are you going to tar and feather him, too?

2605 days ago
53.

DaMama    

Come on now! He's not that bad. The video was distorted so what do you expect???? He's having fun along with the rest of the Idols. Give the kid a break.

Here in Sacramento, the show is going to be a bust. Good seats are still available 2 weeks before the show. This is the worst top 10 they've ever had. We aren't going for the first time since they started touring. All I really wanted to see was Melinda and Gina. But it's not worth $70 a ticket.

2605 days ago
54.

TMZ reader    

Why do so many of you hate gay people? Is it insecurity? Are you afraid you're going to somehow contract "gayness" unless you're defensively hostile? Are you not more secure in your own sexuality, to allow gay people to just exist and be themselves? Do you think it's contagious?Why do they threaten you? As a mom of three, I just don't understand the hostility that young people that post here have toward gay people.

2605 days ago
55.

TMZ reader    

And just for the record, Sanjaya told Jimmy Kimmel on his show that he is straight, so the ridiculous gay comments seem irrelevant on a number of levels.

#53 Outraged.....I agree with every word. Very well expressed!

2605 days ago
56.

Alan    

It doesn't matter what TMZ thinks, Sanjaya is here to stay weather haters like it or not, he is very unique and talented, just because he happens to be of Indian decent some people have a very hard time dealing with it just like they have about latinos and middle eastern people. This is a melting pot and he is not going anywhere anytime soon....so Deal With It.
Sanjaya RULES!!!

2605 days ago
57.

Cali    

You loser, you totally butchered my cousin's song which he wrote after visiting Ethiopia and being for changed. You should be ashamed of yourself, why don't you try the next screen test for hairspray and leave the music to those who have both creative talent and a voice!

2605 days ago
58.

Chris B    

I couldn't actually hear the singing clearly on the video clip! Sanjaya is cute and I think it's great he's milked his AI finalist fame. True American spirit of making the most of what you have. Hope he starts branding things ala Paris Hilton :)

2605 days ago
59.

Maddy    

What the hell is the matter with you people? This kid isn't bothering you. If he comes on your televison, change the channel. If you are going to the Idol tour, use his number to hit the snack bar. I'm not a fan, but why ruin it for those who are?

I am also sick and tired of all the gay accusations that are thrown about on this site. Some of you getting as disgusting as that slimey pig, Perez Hilton. Well, noone is as disgusting as Perez, but you're close. None of you know these people. None of you have any idea if they are gay or not unless THEY say they are. Is anyone posting here over the age of 16????

2605 days ago
60.

Nahua444    

Buddy -- you got it so wrong. Sanjaya is the best thing that happened to American Idol. He's got a nice voice, great personality and is an awesome entertainer! A very talented young man. Sounds like you are just a sheep following whatever Slimon has to say. Slimon is an old crotchety fart.

2605 days ago
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