After less-than-stellar reviews of Tuesday night’s show, American Idol contestant Anoop Desai formerly requested a federal bailout, in the hopes of avoiding the close call Matt Giraud (a.k.a. “Timberlake lookalike”) had to suffer through on live TV last week.
Desai filed a TARP application with the Treasury Department Tuesday night, shortly after the show.
“Why would President Obama stop at cars? My fans have rights, too,” Desai, 21, told News Corp.’s Fox and Friends Wednesday morning. “Is Simon Cowell somehow above the ruler of the world? You saw how happy people were about Slumdog Millionaire. This will be a good thing for America. And you know this is the story political reporters want to write: ‘Previewing a Jindal rise, young Indian American wins.’”
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was unavailable for comment. A spokesman said he was busy prepping for an interview with Katie Couric in London.
American Idol expert Alex, age six, said he wants his 15 votes for Anoop Tuesday night to count as at least 100. A bailout could work to accomplish that. It is unknown whether or not one might come through in time for tonight’s American Idol.
Consider the date.
Geithner will really be on with Katie:
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CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC LIVE FROM LONDON
“THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE: RECESSION TO RECOVERY”
Katie Couric Interviews U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Alastair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Katie Couric also reports on how the U.S. economic problems have swept over the world, and on a rash of executive kidnappings in France where disgruntled employees are said to be behind the crimes.
The most powerful world leaders from the most economically influential countries will gather in London during this historical global financial crisis. Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News team will be there to provide widespread coverage and comprehensive analysis of the events surrounding the summit.
Rick Kaplan is the executive producer of the CBS Evening News.