He's no William Hung, but that hasn't stopped Sanjaya Malakar from making a similar decision after his time on American Idol. Shortly after being voted off of the singing competition, Malakar announced his decision to sign a one-album record deal with Sham Records. The difference between Hung and Malakar? We laughed with William Hung. Does Malakar really not get the joke?
"I really wanted to sign a deal so that I could release an album of my favorite cover songs. It worked so well for me on Idol. Not only that, but I want to try some new things with my hair. I think an album cover would be great for that," Malakar said in an exclusive interview.
Malakar turned heads this season with his unique style and less than fantastic singing. There were websites dedicated to keeping him on the show to demean the competition's so-called integrity.
"I don't see why everybody hates him," said Malakar's sister Shyamali, a waitress at Hooters. "He's probably one of the better singers that show has ever seen." Modesty seems to run in the family.
When asked what he was planning to do for the American Idol tour, Malakar refused to give details. "I can't give away all my secrets," he said. "But little girls will be crying."
Whether they'll cry of love or fear still remains to be seen.