Three (!!!) API hopefuls on American Idol

We’ve previously blogged about Paul Kim being the Anti-William Hung at the American Idol auditions, but did you actually know there are at least three people of Asian/Pacific Islander decent that have made the Top 24? Along with Paul Kim, 22 year old AJ Tabaldo made the final cut. He describes himself as “an ethnic mutt” on his bio page, being “part Filipino and Portuguese with Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese.” Those who actually watch AI (cough, Like me, cough) also learned that this is AJ’s fifth attempt at auditioning for the show. Fifth. Lesson learned here, folks: “Give up on your dreams and become a surgeon, unless you’re AJ Tabaldo, and there’s still a chance you won’t win.”

17 year old Sanjaya Malakar of Federal Way, Washington is the youngest male contestant, which is obvious since he looks like a South Asian version of Shaggy on Scooby Doo. His 30-seconds-of-fame moment on the show thus far is when he made the final round, but his sister didn’t, giving Fox its prerequisite awkward moment for the show.

In any case, go Asians! Unless you guys are bad singers. Then, meh Asians!

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I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog,, for seven years.
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