Featuring Sanjaya Malakar "American Idol Fame"
is from Federal Way, Washington and comes from a musical
family; his father is a classical Indian musician. Malakar
is half Bengali Indian on his father's side and half
Italian on his mother's side. (Wikipedia)
September 19, 2006, then 17-year-old Malakar auditioned
for American Idol in Seattle. When the Seattle American
Idol Auditions aired on January 17, 2007, Sanjaya and
his sister Shyamali Malakar became famous overnight.
Their distinctly American-Desi features and Indian
sounding names captured the attention of Desi bloggers
(including GaramChai.com) Check out some of the past
blogs on Malakars.
Sanjaya Malakar became known as the talent-deprived
yet eccentrically coiffed "American Idol"
contestant, he was just a 17-year-old kid who grew up
around North Seattle
featuring Sanjaya (and Shyamali)
Blog entries on GaramChai.com:
was on Ellen Degeneres Today... They were chatting
about American Idol, and when they mentioned Sanjaya,
you should have heard the astonishing heartfelt booing
from the audience at the mention of his name.
Sanjaya and Biscuits, Please! Kentucky Fried Chicken
has offered the American Idol wannabe a free lifetime
supply of their Famous Bowls if the 17-year-old crooner
sports a bowl hairdo in one of his next televised
performances. KFC will also make a contribution in
Sanjy’s name to Colonel Scholars, a charity that provides
young people with college scholarships.
Malakar Inspires a Hunger Strike: After Sanjayas
scary/comical/sad performance of "You Really
Got Me" on Tuesday nights American Idol,
a woman on MySpace.com has vowed to forgo food until
the singer is voted off.
The singing MalakarsTVI want to start by emphatically
stating (for the record) that I DO NOT WATCH American
Idol. I would rather admit to drinking toilet water.
Desi Talent, American Idol. Flipping through channels
tonight, I settled on American Idol on Fox. The auditions
are being held in Seattle, WA this week and the talent
level is nothing short of horrendous. Of course that’s
the fun part of the show. I usually watch the first
few shows where talents like William Hung are discovered
and then skip the season and watch the finale where
they crown the winner.
Contestant Sanjaya Once Distracted Teachers; Now it's
Before Sanjaya Malakar became known as the talent-deprived
yet eccentrically coiffed "American Idol"
contestant, he was just a 17-year-old kid who grew
up around North Seattle.He goofed around in class.
He loved his aunt's pasta alfredo. He whined when
people called him "Sunny," and when he went
out to eat he'd try to skip dinner and order two desserts.
"He always loved doing hair," says Pat Wright,
director of Total Experience Gospel Choir, which Malakar
joined as a high-school freshman. "On our tour
last summer [when the choir visited post-Katrina New
Orleans], he'd do all the girls' hair every day.
Sanjaya, I created what I called the “pony
hawk.” I began in the top fringe area and secured
it with a black rubber band. What’s been your toughest
obstacle in life? Overcoming shyness. Do you think
the audition process was fair? Yes, grueling but fair.
If you win, who will you thank first? My family. From
Official Page of Sanjaya on American
Idol's Sanjaya Before Sanjaya Malakar became known
as the talent-deprived yet eccentrically coiffed "American
Idol" contestant, he was just a 17-year-old kid
who grew up ...The Sanjaya Paradox - An 'Idol' Insider's
View Access Hollywood. The founder of Vote for the
Worst talks about Sanjaya and ...
`Idol' wannabe gets online support: Especially
if you're Sanjaya Malakar, who is considered one of
the weakest performers on "American Idol"
but has a fan base that has helped him survive multiple
rounds of viewer elimination
do come true for Idol fan Sports fans
get noticed by painting their bodies in team colors,
holding up clever signs or dressing in outlandish
costumes. Ashley Ferl got noticed by crying. The difference
is that the former are trying to get on TV and Ashley
wasn’t trying to do anything other than see her idol.
worst crooners voice may topple American Idol
He has inspired a hunger strike, spawned dozens of
television spoofs, appalled music snobs, reduced a
child to tears and been adopted by the shock DJ Howard
Stern. And now it is feared that Sanjaya Malakar,
17 a contestant on American Idol, may help to bring
down one of the most profitable franchises in history.
Stern Tries to Kill American Idol With
Kindness for a Weak Link For the last two weeks,
Mr. Stern has been promoting a Web site created by
a 24-year-old “American Idol” fan that encourages
people to support the worst performer on the popular
talent show. Their candidate has been Sanjaya Malakar,
the off-key, lyric-fumbling, elaborately coiffed teenager
who is perhaps the most talked-about “Idol” contestant