Sanjaya Malakar Visits ‘Today’

Sanjaya Malakar visits 'Today'

‘American Idol’ castoff Sanjaya Malakar visited ‘Today’ on Tuesday (April 24) to discuss his experience on the show, staying positive despite the critics, what he learned on the show, and more.

Video of the interview at has since been removed.

Sanjaya Malakar Performs On ‘Live With Regis And Kelly’

‘American Idol’ castoff Sanjaya Malakar performed Consuelo Velázquez’s ‘Besame Mucho’ on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Monday (April 23) in New York City. Afterwards, he talked about his hair, his future plans, the criticism he received, and more. The performance and interview is no longer online at YouTube.

Sanjaya Malakar Performs On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

‘American Idol’ castoff Sanjaya Malakar performed Consuelo Velázquez’s ‘Besame Mucho’ on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday (April 23). Malakar also talked with Ellen about having the feeling he was going home, handling the press attention, the Howard Stern support, experimenting with hairstyles, and more.

The performance and interview at YouTube has since been removed.

On TV: Sanjaya, Brandi Carlile

Pop acts on television this week include ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday and ‘The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet’ and ‘Fox & Friends’ on Tuesday; and Brandi Carlile, who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Thursday.

Simon Cowell Already Missing Sanjaya Malakar

‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell now admits he misses Sanjaya Malakar. “I miss him, probably in the same way as I would miss now my favorite horror movie,” Simon revealed on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Thursday (April 19). “I don’t mean that nastily, because I like horror movies. But there’s a kind of like, ‘I hate it, I love it.’ And that’s how I felt about Sanjaya.”

New York Governor’s Troubles Getting Sanjaya Malakar’s Autograph

The Washington Post reports that when a tall, middle-aged man stopped by the table of ‘American Idol’ castoff Sanjaya Malakar to ask for an autograph at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the 17-year-old’s hosts, from People magazine, tried to shoo him away. “We are trying to let him eat,” they explained. The man protested: “But I’m the governor of New York.” And so Eliot Spitzer got his autograph.

Preview Of Sanjaya Malakar’s ‘Ellen’ Appearance

TMZ had a preview, since removed, of ‘American Idol’ castoff Sanjaya Malakar’s interview with ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, where the teen says he doesn’t believe that Howard Stern’s fans and other “haters” voted enough “to make a dent in the system.” The show airs Monday.

Sanjaya Malakar Talks With ‘ET’

Freshly ousted from ‘American Idol’, Sanjaya Malakar spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ correspondent Thea Andrews about his experience on the show and the negative feedback he received week after week from Simon Cowell. “From the beginning I think Simon saw potential in me, and when I didn’t fulfill that potential, he was disappointed,” Malakar admitted. “I just want to say to him, he is an amazing person and what he does is awesome. He is very opinionated – I learned more from him than anyone else while I was on the show.” Video has since been removed.

‘Access Hollywood’ Talks With Sanjaya Malakar

On Friday morning, ‘Access Hollywood’ correspondent Shaun Robinson spoke with ‘American Idol’ castoff Sanjaya Malakar and got all of the details on his experience and what’s next for the 17-year-old. Asked about if he was hurt people were voting for him for the wrong reasons, Malakar responded, “No, because anyone who was voting for me based on Howard Stern or, they’re going to vote for me maybe a couple times. I honestly think I got to where I did because of my fans.” Video has since been removed.

A Future For Sanjaya At Disney Or Nickelodeon?

Robert Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television, spoke with Reuters about how he feels ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Sanjaya Malakar will fare in music. “If I were an executive at Disney or Nickelodeon I would be rushing to sign them both up,” Thompson said of Malakar and his singing sister Shyamali. “He is a really cute kid and it is no surprise he has become a breakthrough star.”