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Sanjaya's New Look: Orphan Chic

4/2/2007 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" "singer" Sanjaya Malakar made his way to the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles on Saturday, looking like he'd lost his way from an alternative high school production of "Oliver."

Wearing a bucket cap, brass medallion, and charming black purse, the ponyhawked singer recorded some tracks for this week's show, which will feature crooner legend Tony Bennett.

That's right, Tony Bennett, 80, and Sanjaya -- sharing the same stage. In 2005, Bennett received a Kennedy Center Honor, but working with Sanjy has to be a career highlight.




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Dottie    

Wow!!! This may just get worse before it gets better.
Good Luck Tony.

2657 days ago
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Gary Delabate    

VOTE SANJAYA! VOTE SANJAYA!

BABABOOEY TO YOU ALL!

2657 days ago
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Jane    

LOVE it! I love how he's talent-free, yet dominating the show. He reminds me so much of both Ashlee and Jessica Simpson; mediocre singing ability, yet popular and has great hair, except at least HIS is real! Rock on Sanjaya! There are much worst "artists" on the charts making money so there's definitely room for you!!

2657 days ago
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Jane    

LOVE it! I love how he's talent-free, yet dominating the show. He reminds me so much of both Ashlee and Jessica Simpson; mediocre singing ability, yet popular and has great hair, except at least HIS is real! Rock on Sanjaya! There are much worst "artists" on the charts making money so there's definitely room for you!!

2657 days ago
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MATTHEW    

i dont understand this guy ! he cant sing what is america thinking leaving him on the show he needs to get a hair cut! please vote him off he cant sing, i guess he is still on the show cause people feel bad for him well i dont and i will not vote for him i hope tonight is his last night cause he needs to go!

2657 days ago
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Nicole    

GO HOME SANJAYA !! Let the contestants who can actually sing have a fair chance in winning the competition!! You being kept on there every week so people can laugh at you is kicking off people who are actually talented!!

VOTE OFF SANJAYA!!!

2657 days ago
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Sharon    



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2657 days ago
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ZMT    

Grannies for Sanjaya.............we love you

2657 days ago
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It's TIME    

Does America feel sorry for this guy by keeping him on -or- is this a cruel joke America is playing on him by making him think he can sing? Either way, his gig is up. It's time to get real and let him go.

2657 days ago
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LucieLee    

Sanjaya is also charming.........(not just the purse) My 14 yr. old daughter thinks Sanjaya is terrific!!!! I'm with her.......

2657 days ago
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Gary Delabate    

Sanjaya is the greatest contestant ever. Maybe you all should get your hearing checked. He is EAR-DELICIOUS!

VOTE SANJAYA! The most entertaining idol of all time.

He's got it! GO SANJAYA!!! I will be voting 1 million times!!!! HAHAHA!!

BABA BOOEY TO YOU ALL!

2657 days ago
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Nesie    

Please tell me this is not so! I guess it's time for me to go and take another "GOODIE POWDER" !!!!!!!!!!!!!

2657 days ago
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immycase    

To the commenters # 8 and # 9 ------ such spewing of hate talk, and obcsenties,
does very little for any comment you make. You sound like you belong in
an institution.
This is only a TV show - and for those that continue to vote, for Sanjaya - they are
too adolescent,or immature to realize they are ruining the show - and in their
"fun" of it all...taking a Fun American show and pushing right down the tube. -
I hope the producers find a way to get back on track with voting.

2657 days ago
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no pervs allowed    

Breaking news,,, MSNBC: To Catch a Predator is going to have a story on how Ryan Gaycrest has been recorded through cell phone calls and the internet inviting Sanjaya over to his house to stay while in LA LA Land. Sources report that Sanjaya has been staying on with Gaycrest at his Neverstraightland Ranch in BevHills. Additionally, Gaycrest has been overheard, that he is has helped Sanjaya rise to his new height of fame and revealed that producers picked Sanjaya to be the Ai winner before the show even started.

2657 days ago
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Maddy    

I see the daily "trash a kid" story is now up for your enjoyment. If Justin Timberlake can sell cd's, certainly Sanjaya can. All it takes is a good publicist and a little payola to radio and we can have another popstar.

2657 days ago
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