— For some it came as a relief and for others it was a dissappointment but either way it was the end of Sanjaya Malakar's American Idol experience last night. While the judges have consitently been unimpressed with Sanjaya, America continued to keep him in the competition despite Simon's "horrendous" comments. BuddyTV was in on an exclusive press conference this morning with Sanjaya and the following is a recap of what transpired.
Did you consider quitting, not at all I was going to stay as long as I possibly could and work every week. With the hats and hair my philosophy was just to stay true to myself and put my personality out there. Bonnie Rait was not his first choice. His favorite choice was Beseme Mucho, that was the strongest because he felt really good about it and he sang the best in that one and put the most energy and emotion into that one.
Read the online blogs to balance himself because it was impossible not to hear stuff and often times it was negative, he read both positive and negative to keep himself grounded. He's learned not to let any negativity get to you and keep on trucking and try to find the positive.
Sanjaya got his GED so he could focus on music. He does still want to go to college but that now was the time to focus on his career. Chris Richardson has been a huge support, like his big brother. He's been a big help, as has everyone in the competition. The show is unpredictable so he has no idea who is going to get cut this week.
Hi hair became his thing because everyone looks for something to grab onto with each contestant so his adlib last night was his joke. His favorite hairstyle was when he sang Beseme Mucho because he's always wanted his hair to be curly like that, it's a little bit curly naturally. With his hair he always had an idea and the stylist would help him execute it and with the clothing he really wanted to capture his personality. He did have a lot of help but the ideas were mainly his. He had no idea how much impact the show had, he had no idea how much impact he could have to get into the presidential debate.
Everyone on the show wanted to win but he was more focused on the learning aspect of the show. This is what he wants to do with the rest of his life and he got a lot further than he ever expected to.
Up next, he is definitely looking at a music career but also acting, modeling and possibly Broadway. He wants to get the full entertainment career.
In regards to Simon, Sanjaya wants to say that he's an amazing person and what he does is awesome. He's very opinionated but he learned more from him than anyone else on the show.
Throughout the competition he grew. R&B and jazz are his favorite genres. The only time he felt over his head was Hollywood week because it was so intense but he had his sister there and she really supported him.
When SNL did a skit on him and they said they didn't know if he was scared or happy he thought it was hilarious. It's important to be able to make fun of yourself.
He'll be back home on Tuesday and he'll rest before he goes on tour and does the finale. Before he went on American Idol he loved to walk down the street singing really, really lowdly. He loved to go to Seattle Center and "just be free."
His emotional hug with Lakisha last night, they really truly were family. She said goodbye and goodluck and encouraged him. He's really glad he was able to meet her and everyone else.
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