For this week’s Thursday Thirteen (Fridays in Manila), I write down 13 reasons why American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar survived to make the next round of American Idol.

13. Sanjdance dances a heckuva lot better than Sundance.

12. Sanjaya kept the lyrics to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in his hair – and as a result, didn’t forget the lyrics, unlike Brandon, Stephanie, and Haley.

11. We’re keeping him around so he can go on tour and sing Gwen Stefani songs.

10. He speaks to the little child in all of us… or he is the little child we want to speak to.

9. Somewhere out there, the spirit of Scott Savol is chanting a litany of encouragement.

8. There is magic in that Malakar hair.

7. Howard Stern is supporting him. Heavens!

6. Bollywood is gearing up for major promotional pushes.

5. VoteForTheWorst.com is sending out novenas and rosary crusades.

4. Sanjaya Malakar appeals to teenybopper girls, who think they can take him home to Momma.

3. Corbin Bleu’s hair needs some competition.

2. Michael Jackson sees himself in Sanjaya, and is bankrolling the young singer’s vote brigade.

And the number one reason why Sanjaya Malakar is still in the running:

1. Diana Ross saw herself in Sanjaya, and is bankrolling the young singer’s vote brigade!

Note: I do not dislike Sanjaya, nor do I think he deserves all the vitriol on the Internet that he’s getting. He wasn’t the worst performer last night. I just think it’s interesting that this kid continues to keep hanging on… oh, wait, that’s Blake Lewis’ line.

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