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Sanjaya -- The Drama Before the Drama

4/19/2007 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

America has finally drop-kicked the smiley "Idol" wannabe into the last of fame's fifteen minutes, but it wasn't the first stage on which little Sanjy faltered.

TMZ has obtained some classic video of a 9-year-old Malakar performing in a local production of "Bugsy Malone" -- a musical with children playing mobsters -- where the rejected "Idol" performs an amusing tap dance with a broom.

The Hawaii Children's Theatre performance was recorded in 1999, but there are already signs of some of his infamous traits -- the cheesy Mariah hand waves, his studied pre-teen chicken-necking, and signature note reaching. A star was born!

American Idol Typecasting: Click to view photosThere's also a taste of Malakar as a random but adorable orphan in "Oliver," and sister Shyamali in "A Christmas Carol" as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Now Sanjy joins the ranks of wannabeens past ... but this kid is money.

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Rd    

Ok he got voted off.He was entertaining He was entertaining and without him the show would be very boring at least for me. I am not watching it any more but then I only watched it for sanjaya. He has more written about him than any one else on the show , at least that is what i saw. I am the mother of a 17 year old. Even though it was his choice to go on american idol he was not as bad as everyone kept on saying.
He showed Grace under fire and to boo him is plain mean .
Ok so he is out .So what now . Go back to watch boring singers .
The others all had more experience than him
Maybe because I am a mother I support him and want him to pull a Jennifer Hudson.
For Sanjaya, just because you got voted off that is their opinion and do not let them discourage you.Be successful and all the best for you. You will be successful. Look at jennifer Hudson, Chris Daugherty, they are not winners., You have an awesome fan base
Good Luck.I will buy your CD

2639 days ago
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hello, it    

Why can't people just get off the kids back already? You make me sick!

2639 days ago
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nataska    

I miss sanjay already :(

2639 days ago
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A-yo Leroy!    

now, i have no reason to watch the show.

2639 days ago
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Cassandra Delicious    

HA HA HA HA!!!!!!.... what a joke this guy is.... no wonder we all love ragging on him!!! He lends himself to this, if he wanted to be left alone, he shouldn't have been on American Idol...

GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!! WE WILL ALWAYS MAKE FUN OF HIM!!!!!

2639 days ago
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Linda    

BYE...JIA SEE YA,,,,,,WOULDN'T WANT TO BE YA.............SEE YOU IN NEXT LIFE


LINDA IN BUFFALO, TEXAS

2639 days ago
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floozy    

I really liked Sanjaya. I will not watch AI anymore.

2639 days ago
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Jenn    

Doesnt anyone else think its weird that he wasnt even in the bottom 3 for the past few weeks then all the sudden hes gone??? Ok so you dont just lose your fans over night just like you dont gain fans out of nowhere (phil stacey?? he has been in the bottom 3 almost every week) i smell something fishy and it doesnt help that the directors stated that dont worry Sanjaya wont win... i think they set this up and someone should investigate it... i know that almost every Howard Stern listener voted for him (noone has as many listeners as him) with Howard Stern behind him Sanjaya was unstopable... atleast until the producers kicked him off...

2639 days ago
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Candleboxxxxx    

Why would they get rid of the only person who was boosting the shows ratings.?!? They should of got rid of that fat hog Lakisha....... I love you Sanjaya

2639 days ago
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Michelle    

#7--"floozy"---now a lot of people that wouldn't watch because of Sanjaya will watch again. Somehow, I think AI will survive without you watching!!!

2639 days ago
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Cat    

Now the show may get its crediability back - now that this joker is off the show!

2639 days ago
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Michelle    

#8-Jenn--35 million voted last week, 38 million this week--people had had enough of a guy that can't sing. Get a life, honey. There will be no investigation.

2639 days ago
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Michelle    

#11 Laura--"they" didn't get rid of him---America finally did, thank God!!!

2639 days ago
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Maddy    

Steve No way did 38 million people vote. They received 38 million, but most of the die hard AI fans vote non stop on redial for 2 hrs. I;'ve read you can get 700+ votes in if the lines aren't clogged.

I don't vote, but I did watch for Sanjaya. I'm done watching because I can't take any more of those bored out of their mind judges and Ryan (I'm the star of the show) Seacrest.

2639 days ago
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brenda    

#9 I agree with you 100%. Sanjaya has character. I really liked him. I also agree with #8, something just doesn't seem right about him being kick off now. I don't think very much about the creditbility of AI. Maybe this was all a publicity thing. GOOD LUCK to you Sanjaya!!!! Love ya!!!

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