Sanjaya Malakar: an 'American Idol' Trojan Horse? American Idol routinely mows down the TV competition, and strikes fear in the hearts of its contestants. But Sanjaya Malakar — known more for his hairstyles than his singing talent — has made it deep into the competition.
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Sanjaya Malakar: an 'American Idol' Trojan Horse?

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Sanjaya Malakar: an 'American Idol' Trojan Horse?

Sanjaya Malakar: an 'American Idol' Trojan Horse?

Sanjaya Malakar: an 'American Idol' Trojan Horse?

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American Idol routinely mows down the TV competition, and strikes fear in the hearts of its contestants.

Now Sanjaya Malakar — known more for his hairstyles than his singing talent — has made it deep into the competition. The often-grinning teenager has inspired a voting campaign intended to skew the show's results and by keeping Malakar in the running.