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Sanjaya Speaks!
Friday April 20, 2007

Sanjaya Malakar during his last performance on American Idol
Courtesy Fox

The man, the myth, the legend - Idol’s Sanjaya Malakar - may have been eliminated, but rest assured that this is not the last you’ll hear of him. The day after his elimination, Usmagazine.com caught up with an exhausted but content Malakar as he prepared to head home to Washington to relax in anticipation of the Idol finale and summer tour. Here are a few exerpts from the chat.

HAIR HOUDINI
“My favorite hairstyle was when I sang “Besame Mucho” minus the grease, because I’ve always wanted my hair to be curly like that. It’s a little bit curly naturally but that’s like my dream hair."

DID THE GOSSIP GETCHA?
“I read the online blogs more to balance myself because it was kind of impossible not to hear stuff and oftentimes it was negative. I kind of balanced the negatives and the positives just to keep myself grounded."

LESSONS LEARNED
“Every one of us wants to win. I was more focused on the learning aspect of Idol, because I did get my GED after my sophomore year. I basically saw this as my junior and senior year of high school, because this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."

SANJAYA ON SIMON
“From the beginning I think that Simon saw potential in me. When I didn’t fulfill that potential, he was kind of disappointed. I just want to say to him that he is an amazing person and what he does is awesome. He’s very opinionated, but I learned more from him than from anyone else while I was on the show.”

POWER OF THE PEOPLE
“I don’t think that VoteFortheWorst.com or Howard Stern really had enough people voting for me enough times to make a dent in anything. I think that the reason why I’m here is solely because of support from my fans.”

IMMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY
“When Saturday Night Live did that skit on me and they said, “I don’t know if he’s scared or happy,” that was hilarious. I had to laugh on that one."

JUST LIKE ELVIS
“[Knowledge of my celebrity status] just kind of trickled in, because I didn’t really realize it - it’s been kind of surreal for me. I got inklings every once in awhile of something different, something going on, that was, I guess, a cultural phenomenon. I don’t think it really has hit me yet exactly how big it is. I’m definitely ready to hire a bodyguard. I’m actually looking into that right now.”

For the rest of our chat with Sanjaya, click here.

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