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Featuring Sanjaya Malakar "American Idol Fame" >> Features >> sanjaya

Malakar 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)

On 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. Link Their distinctly American-Desi features and Indian sounding names captured the attention of Desi bloggers (including Check out some of the past blogs on Malakars.

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

Blogs featuring Sanjaya (and Shyamali)

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  • JLo 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.
  • Fried 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.
  • Sanjaya Malakar Inspires a Hunger Strike: After Sanjaya’s scary/comical/sad performance of "You Really Got Me" on Tuesday night’s American Idol, a woman on has vowed to forgo food until the singer is voted off.
  • SepiaMutiny: 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.

Articles featuring Sanjaya

  • Idol" Contestant Sanjaya Once Distracted Teachers; Now it's a Nation
    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.
  • On 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 Website
  • 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 ...
  • Weak `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
  • Dreams 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.
  • Why worst crooner’s 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.
  • Howard 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 ever.






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