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Sanjaya Doesn't Play Fair

6/2/2008 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sanjaya is trying to gouge poor, unsuspecting country fair folk.

The scene of the crime: The Richmond County Fair. They asked the hair-brained reject to sing. He demanded $8,000.

We're told at the same fair last year, Kimberly Caldwell and Paris Bennett raked in less than $5,000 -- and that's for the package.

So how do we know this? Fair officials called TMZ to ask if eight grand for Sanjaya was fair. We declined to comment on the phone.

Eight - grand is insane!

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?    

His 15 minutes are up your butt.

2299 days ago
17.

SuperStarSteve    

Sanjaya is A HOUSEHOLD NAME! He should start branding his own hair care line. He can lend his name out to clothing that he will never lay his eyes on until they hold his clothing line press conference.

Actually I think he's asking for 8G now cause next year it'll really be 2G.

2299 days ago
18.

?    

He is more than a so so singer. Simon Cowell loved his audition. He was bashed because he's Indian and comes off as gay. Yet people can't stop talking about him.

2299 days ago
19.

Sharona    

If that's his price so what....you don't have to pay it you know.

2299 days ago
20.

crystalblue    

I cannot stand him and his fake ass smile. He needs to ride a camel out of here....fast.

2299 days ago
21.

Something smells fishy...    

They had to ask?

2299 days ago
22.

cr    

TMZ, I am sick of you and your Sanjaya bashing. What in %$#^&*(((( did this id ever do to you, turn down a date with one of your %$^&*#$@-ass 14-year-old reporters???? Why the %*^&* would these fair people call TMZ any frickin' way? Do you know that NOBODY believes anything you print and that the National Enquirer has more journalism credibilty than TMZ?

2299 days ago
23.

alreadybad    

Sanjaya has as much if not more talent than Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge whom you report on daily, like the story following this one. Sanjaya's edge is he's photogenic eye candy and comes across as a really nice person with some acting talent evident, those are qualities are sorely lacking in tinseltown today

2299 days ago
24.

cr    

If you think anyone believes those fair people called TMZ to verify the going rate of a performer's fees, I have a rainbow and a moon to sell you. The first people they would call would be his agent or publicist, then maybe American Idol if they coudn't get a satisfactory response there. And they would most likely work to negogiate with his booking agent. People attempting to book an artist for a performance do not go around calling TMZ. That's not any concern of a trash tabloid. Why would they do that? They might just as well phone up Star Magazine or The Enquirer. That's not how legitimate business transactions are done. Sorry TMZ but you've blown yourselves up big time with this one.

2299 days ago
25.

cr    

Hmmmm. Wasn't it just a little over a couple months ago that you were bashing him because he'd played some chaity event for FREE? So let me get this straight...you're going to bash if he plays for free, and you're going to bash if he demands to get paid. So I guess the kid's only alternative is to say...well, up yours, TMZ.

2299 days ago
26.

alreadybad    

jakej
It's obvious that someone or tranny at tmz made a play for the Sanjaya and he didn't bite, thus now the onslaught of negativity.

2299 days ago
27.

?    

I've heard he is a kept boy by a few very rich men. He doesn't need the money. He's performing in other ways. He's bringing in more cash than that big fat lard who won, you know, the one who's footballer daddy rigged the show for with the producers.

2299 days ago
28.

cr    

One more thing...doesn't it make sense to you to consider that, reagrdless of whether the price is fair or not, Sanjaya isn't the one solely responsible for setting his fees? I'm sure his manager, agent, and probably a half dozen other people in the process all have a hand in making those kinds of decisions for him. Sanjaya is a kid, and seems like a nice one at that. And $8000 is a pittance compared to what most performers are charging these days. At most outdoor festivals and state fairs, even the most has-been acts seldom go for less than $10 grand. Usually it's a lot more (14 to 15 grand is about average).
Considering Sanjaya is more than guaranteed to draw a crowd (admit it TMZ even you can't stop writing about him and seeing how many hits you get every time you do) I think Sanjaya and his peeps are playing QUITE fair.

2299 days ago
29.

?    

I always got him after a few beers.

2299 days ago
30.

?    

Kimberly Callwell and princess P are lucky to have been paid that much. Only die hard followers of the show know who they are. Sanjaya was being nice by offering only $8000. Love him or hate him, he's a star.

2299 days ago
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