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Paris Bennett voting for Sanjaya, trying to show 'Idol' is "losing its taste"

By Christopher Rocchio, 04/16/2007 

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. 

Former American Idol fifth-season finalist Paris Bennett called the "Tone E Fly" morning radio show in Minneapolis, MN last Friday and described the current climate of Idol's sixth season as "very, very funny" due to all the attention -- and votes -- being directed at 17-year-old Federal Way, WA-native Sanjaya Malakar.

"I've been voting for him too.  It's a few [former Idol finalists]... it's a few of us from last season who are voting," said Bennett.  "We want to see him win because it will kind of prove that American Idol is kind of losing its taste and that it kind of isn't going for talent anymore... it's more for popularity.  So we think it's a joke and we're voting because it's funny."

Bennett -- who, like Malakar, was only a teenager while competing on Idol -- has apparently forgotten how the show helped her career.  After finishing fifth on Idol 5 last May, she's currently working on her debut album "Princess P" and is also planning an upcoming tour to promote it.  She still couldn't resist bashing Idol's sixth season, comparing it to last year's Idol-spoof American Dream starring Hugh Grant.

"I think that definitely -- now having Sanjaya on it -- it kind of reminds me... do you remember that movie American Dream that came out last year?" asked Bennett on the radio program.  "Remember how there was the Indian guy?  Or the guy from India and then it was Mandy Moore?  That's kind of what the competition seems like right now."

When Bennett was asked if she thought Malakar's appearance on Idol would spell cancellation for the Fox mega-hit, she didn't seem to think twice about her answer.

"Well that's all good... as long as Sanjaya's still on American Idol it will continue to be funny," she said.

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