If you know who Sanjaya is, the website you have to “thank” is shutting down.
Vote for the Worst, a website started in 2004 encouraging fans of American Idol to vote for the worst contestant to bring about the end of the show, is coming to its own end. To quote its creator Dave’s own post announcing the shut down: “They say when your critics stop talking about you, you’re finished. We’ve been American Idol’s biggest critic, but we’re leaving before we get completely bored with a show that really should’ve bowed out gracefully a few years ago.”
The site won’t actually be gone until June 2013, so fans have one more season to try to purposely get a joke all the way to the crown.
Dave wrote that he based his decision in part on Idol‘s “[refusal] to stay relevant”:
“It’s been a fun ride for the last 9 seasons of American Idol and various other terrible reality shows, and I want to thank everyone for their support throughout the years. Why did I make this decision? Well, American Idol is really no longer relevant, so VFTW has accomplished our one true goal: making sure that America stops taking American Idol and other singing reality shows seriously. American Idol has become a shell of its former self. …We helped kill American Idol, but even more so, American Idol helped kill itself by refusing to stay relevant. The show will be lucky to last a few more unmemorable seasons.”
In the long post, Dave also touched on season six contestant Sanjaya Malakar making the site a household name, and ended by thanking Nicki Minaj: “Some wonderful person has paid off Nicki Minaj to help take down the show in the most dramatic and flamboyant way possible, so let’s take advantage.”
Will you be watching the upcoming season of Idol?