Both were advanced to the Hollywood round by the judges.Malakar cited Stevie Wonder as his idol, and sang one of Wonder's signature songs, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" at his Seattle audition.entered the open audition for American Idol at the Seattle Center in Seattle, with his sister Shyamali.
American Idol's ratings dropped 9% in the episode following Malakar's elimination, which was Idol Gives Back, a charity episode featuring many celebrity guests.
After Idol, Malakar made many television guest appearances and has been commonly parodied in popular culture. He recently won the Remington’s Got Talent in Whitefish, MT.
He placed 5th in season two of the reality television show I'm a Celebrity... His parents filed for divorce when he was three years old and had been separated for a year prior to doing so.
A 13-year-old girl named Ashley Ferl was highlighted repeatedly during Malakar's performance in the Top 11 episode, crying tears of joy, although Ferl also cried for Melinda Doolittle, Jordin Sparks, and many other contestants.
Simon Cowell remarked, "Sanjaya, I don't think it matters anymore what we say ...