Singing American Idol Sensation, 18 year old Sanjaya Malakar

23 08 2008

He may not have won the title, but Sanjaya Malakar is the most talked-about American Idol contestants in the show’s history.

He and his sister ShyamaliAmerican Idol in September of 2006 in Seattle.

His rendition of auditioned for the sixth season of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)’ wowed the judges and he and his sister moved on, with Shyamali getting cut during the Hollywood round.

Sanjaya moved on to the top 12 and became an audience favorite – most famously bringing tears to the eyes of an 13-year-old fan.

After Idol wrapped, he embarked on the 50 city American Idol tour and made guest appearances on a variety of talk shows. He’s been parodied on Saturday Night Live and Meet the Spartans and is pretty much guaranteed a page in pop culture history. According to his sister,

“Sanjaya was always singing — as soon as he could talk he would sing. He would sing himself to sleep, he used to sing in class all the time… and get in trouble for it! He was always singing to himself when he got bored or distracted. It was a never-ending issue with my mom at the school. He is a really great singer.”

Sanjaya aspires to be a model, actor and singer, and we expect to hear more from Sanjaya.

His American Idol finals performances (find them on!)

  • Week 1: Diana Ross – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
  • Week 2: British Invasion – “You Really Got Me” (The Kinks)
  • Week 3: Gwen Stefani – “Bathwater” (No Doubt)
  • Week 4 – American Classics / Tony Bennett – “Cheek to Cheek” (Fred Astaire)
  • Week 5: Latin – “Bésame Mucho” (Consuelo Velázquez)
  • Week 6: Country – “Something to Talk About” (Bonnie Raitt)





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