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Sanjaya keeps busy, reads Top 10 on Letterman

Sanjaya Malakar, who was voted off "American Idol" last week after a long and unlikely run, has been busy on his post-publicity tour.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Sanjaya Malakar, who was voted off "American Idol" last week after a long and unlikely run, has been busy on his post-publicity tour.

Malakar outlasted better singers and captivated millions of TV viewers on the Fox talent competition with his goofy charm and ever-changing hairdos.

On CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman on Monday night, the 17-year-old read a Top 10 list of "Things I Learned From 'American Idol.'"

The list from 10 to one:

  • The camera adds 10 pounds to your mohawk
  • Work hard and make sacrifices, you can finish in seventh place
  • It's very important to "keep it real, dawg"
  • I should have gone for the Immunity Idol — oh wait, that's "Survivor"
  • On camera, Simon is a bit nasty, but off camera he's a total jerk
  • Voting for yourself 100 times an hour causes some wicked carpal tunnel
  • When you forget the words, just do this ... "OHHHHHHHHHH"
  • Honestly, I thought I was auditioning for "Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader"
  • Nothing
  • America loves performers with bad hair — right, Dave?

Malakar also appeared Monday on syndicated talk show "Live With Regis and Kelly."

"It's paparazzi (who) get at you, and fans come up and try to give you hugs and get autographs," he said. "I would love to just be able to hug everyone and give autographs and take pictures, but you can't."

Malakar said he wants to be a triple threat: singer, actor and model.

"Like, I really — what I want to do is experience the whole entertainment business because, I mean, I'm not just a musician, I'm an entertainer."

On Saturday, Malakar attended a White House correspondents' dinner in Washington as a guest of People magazine.

"It was really weird because the governor of New York came up to me and said, `I'm a fan, I vote,'" he said.