Worst: Sanjaya Malakar's "Ponyhawk" Performance, Season 6
Despite poor critiques by the judges, Sanjaya Malakar climbed all the way to seventh place with the help of viewer votes (and a little site called Vote for the Worst) during Season 6 of American Idol. Often the butt of jokes, Malakar played into haters' hands when he sang No Doubt's "Bathwater" while wearing a faux mohawk that resembled a horse's mane, aka the "ponyhawk." After the performance, a frustrated Simon Cowell threw his hands up at the fact that Malakar stuck around while better contestants got the boot: "I don't think it matters what we say!" Never underestimate the power of lovesick teenage girls.