If you’re an American Idol fan – and even if you’re not – you’re probably familiar with the controversy swirling around Sanjaya Malakar’s constantly changing hairdo (or hair-don’t), including the much-maligned Faux Hawk.

Articles have been written about it, bloggers have posted about it, water-cooler conversations have been held about it.

No one thinks Sanjaya is a great singer. Even he admits his vocals aren’t his strength.

Regardless, he is in the top ten, getting more ink than any other contestant; proving, once again, that while talent is important; it’s not enough.

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And, what do you think of Sanjaya? Is he “clever like a fox?” Is charisma trumping talent? Does he deserve to be in the top ten?