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Sanjaya on ‘Idol’ rocks a faux-hawk

After rumors swirled last week that Sanjaya Malakar would perform on "American Idol" during the "British Invasion" show with a mohawk, he didn't deliver. If you were saddened by that sidestep, don't worry — Sanjaya sported a big ol' faux-hawk tonight!
/ Source: Access Hollywood

After rumors swirled last week that Sanjaya Malakar would perform on "American Idol" during the "British Invasion" show with a mohawk, he didn't deliver. If you were saddened by that sidestep, don't worry — Sanjaya sported a big ol' faux-hawk Tuesday night.

Whether you like or dislike the style, one thing's for sure: that hair is as big as his courage!

Sanjaya had the chutzpah to perform the song "Bathwater" by No Doubt, while Tuesday night's guest mentor, Gwen Stefani, worried that he may not be able to pull off one of her more difficult songs.

"I feel for him," Stefani said in a taped segment. "I think it's gonna be really difficult for him. It's a hard song and he chose it, so ... good luck for him."

After he sang, the judges each had their own comments on the new 'do, such as:RANDY: "I'm speechless every time. The hairdo is ... interesting."PAULA: "If you had the gumption, if you had the ability to totally go for it, then it would fit the wackiness of the faux-hawk."

SIMON: "I presume there was no mirror in your dressing room tonight ...I  don't think it matters what we say anymore ... if people like you, good luck."Ryan added his two cents afterward, referring to the hairdo as a "Pony hawk" and pointing out that it was actually a series of tiny ponytails lined up on Sanjaya's noggin.Sanjaya mentioned that there were seven little ponytails, for good luck.We'll see if all of these "good lucks" will work for Sanjaya at Wednesday night's results show!