Monday, April 2, 2007

When will the fascination end?

She starts crying around the :22 second mark.

Ashley Ferl's fifteen minutes of fame refuse to die. Known as the girl who started the waterworks during Sanjaya Malakar's performance on American Idol, her pigtails, braces and tears have become the earned her the monkier the "Crying Girl."

In the age of the internet and reality TV, it seems that instant sensations such as Ashley Ferl are catapulted into stardom from one day to the next. The truth is while her star is burning bright-- what is a 13 year old going to do when this attnetion dies? How exactly does she deal with the repracussions that come with the fame?

Ashley's parents don't exactly stop the behavior nor do they refuse for her to do interviews as profiles on the blonde 13-year-old from newspapers around the nation keep mounting.In the latest recap the LA Times did on March 28th, Ashley's schedule is busier than many of the contestants that have already been booted off.

Ferl was interviewed by MSNBC, Fox News and "Entertainment Tonight." Along the way, she ran into the singer Pink (she didn't cry) and collected her autograph. "I also did a whole bunch or radio and newspaper interviews, it's been crazy," she said.

Ashley Ferl lives in southern California and has visited Idol tapings in the past although notoriety didn't surface until now. Her family is hoping that they get invited back for the Idol finale and with Ashley's antics--they just might.

Stories about Ashley

  • Fame makes 'Idol' fan positively teary-eyed [LA Times]
  • Ashley Ferl's American Idol's biggest fan. [MSNBC]
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