I Skipped the Prom and Became a National Talking Point
After Sanjaya Malakar got dumped from the American Idol competition by fickle fanjayas, the telegenic teen went on the Q&A circuit.
He had this to say when asked by one interviewer what his parents thought of his decision to opt of high school early, obtain a GED, and pursue getting criticized by Simon Cowell:
"It was actually my mom's idea to get my GED and focus on this because I had a little bit of trouble in school -- not because I didn't know the material, but because I didn't do my homework, which is a horrible habit to have. I wanted to get my GED, so I could move on and focus on music. I still do want to go to college and get my education."
Update: Pop culture guru Steve Sailer sees through the smoke and mirrors: " ... one of the rare pleasures of American Idol is the initial open audition shows when the talentless egomaniacs are sent home with curt, but valuable, advice to find a different career. In an America that constantly propagandizes about how everyone can achieve their goals if only they never forget their dreams, yada yada, Simon Cowell offers some useful English realism."