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Sanjaya Malakar dishes on being in the spotlight after 'American Idol'

By Christopher Rocchio, 04/23/2007 

Sanjaya Malakar mingled with some other people whose careers are also based on voting from the American public when the newly eliminated American Idol 6 finalist attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner last Saturday as a guest of People magazine.

"It was really weird.  Like the governor of New York [Eliot Spitzer]  came up to me and was like, 'Hey I'm a fan.  I vote,''" Malakar explained on Monday morning's broadcast of Live with Regis and Kelly, with guest host Bryant Gumbel and co-host Kelly Rippa.  "It was really weird."

Following a rendition of "Besame Mucho," which the 17-year-old Federal Way, WA-native originally performed as a member of Idol 6's Top 8 during a Latin-themed week, Malakar told Gumbel and Ripa that he was "really excited" to hit the road and tour with Idol this summer and reiterated his previous comments that he hopes to pursue a career in entertainment.  However he's apparently still getting used to living in the spotlight.

"It's just like paparazzi gets at you and fans come up to you and try to give you hugs and get your autograph," said Malakar.  "I'd love to be able to just hug everyone and give them all autographs and take pictures with them... but you can't."

Other than touring with Idol, Malakar mentioned he might one day team-up with his 19-year-old sister Shyamali, who was cut from Idol 6 prior to the semifinals.

"I think what we want to do is establish our individual careers first and then get together and do like a tour," he said.

After seemingly sporting a different do during each performance episode, Gumbel couldn't resist asking how Malakar styles his hair every morning.

"Honestly I just wet it and let it dry," answered Malakar.

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