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Watch out mall walkers, here comes Sanjaya!

STEVE MAYNARD; The News Tribune
Published: May 3rd, 2007 02:07 PM

Sanjaya reportedly will get his moment of glory in Federal Way next week.

The “American Idol” phenom will appear at an event honoring him at 4 p.m. Wednesday at The Commons at Federal Way, said Tiffany Archibald, the mall’s marketing director.

Archibald said she’s talking with leaders from the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and the city to work out details for the public event to take place at Macy’s courtyard.

Malakar will sign autograph sheets for a minimum donation of $1. All autograph proceeds will go to World Vision, the international Christian humanitarian organization based in Federal Way, Archibald said. Admission is free.

The Commons had offered a $100 gift certificate for information leading to the mall putting on a reception for the 17-year-old Malakar, who got more raves on “American Idol” for his ever-changing hairstyles than his singing. He was voted off the program two weeks ago, making him the seventh-place finisher.

Malakar’s cousin read a News Tribune story about no one knowing his whereabouts. The cousin told Sanjaya’s mom, who called the mall, Archibald said.

Archibald said she’s still doesn’t know whether Malakar is back in Federal Way.

Despite nearly 200 e-mails from around the country asking the city to honor Malakar, most City Council members have been reluctant to do so. City leaders said they couldn’t locate Malakar or his relatives and they weren’t sure of his ties to Federal Way.

Malakar attended Todd Beamer High School during the 2005-06 school year, left school in fall 2006 and later earned his GED. His mother lives in Federal Way.

Steve Maynard: 253-597-8647

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