Just so you know, I stopped being involved in reality TV years ago. But how do you ignore the Sanjaya effect throughout the internet?
So now I will take a moment to introduce the non-German audience to Germany´s Sanjaya, a young man by the name of Daniel Kublbock who caused many schnitzel-eating citizens to battle vainly to hold onto their potato-heavy lunches.
As you are no doubt aware, the wonderful world of modern media ensures that there is no such thing as a unique TV show. The Office has been remade in at least 3 countries, Ugly Betty´s name was Lisa when it started here several years ago under the guise of Verliebt in Berlin and don´t get me started on that guessing game for grownups called Deal or No Deal. So American Idol also has it´s Australian Idol as well as it´s Norwegian (we all remember the Hobbit) and in Germany it´s called Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar (or "Germany Searches for the Superstar").
To cut a long rant short here we have some priceless Daniel Kublbock moments:
1. The original audition
2. Another Day in Paradise (truly, a must hear)
3. Unchained Melody (yep it gets better)
4. Satisfaction (I certainly can´t get no)
This guy made it to third place AND got a record deal. A year later he also brought out his autobiography, which, thrilling reading though I´m sure it is, I still haven´t gotten around to.
So just in case you were thinking Sanjaya is something special, even in a slit my own throat kind of way, I just wanted you to know that it´s a been there, done that and we REALLY don´t have to see it all again.