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'American Idol' Contestant

Sikh Org. Thrilled Over

THE TURBANATOR!

1/18/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It was judgement day for a singer dubbed "The Turbanator" on "American Idol" Wednesday night ... and TMZ has learned the Sikh community is already hailing the guy as a MASSIVE success.

In case you missed it ... The Turbanator -- aka Gurpreet Singh Sarin -- won himself a ticket to Hollywood, while proudly sporting one of 50 turbans he claims to own. Dude says he color coordinates his turbans with his outfits.

TMZ spoke to a rep from The Sikh Coalition who tells us they're totally stoked for Sarin  ... saying, "The Sikh American community is celebrating Gurpreet's achievement every step of the way."

The rep adds, "We are thrilled that the rest of America is going to learn more about our wonderful community."

Check out the video to see The Turbanator in action ...

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31.

nonyabiz    

Who is going to outnumber who here? Racist *******s being racist *******s or ignorant *******s who don't know the difference between Indians and Arabs?

582 days ago
32.

Carl    

I'm sure it won't be long before the anti-muslim nut jobs start freaking out about this guy. I know the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim, but most of the xenophobic 'Murica people don't.

582 days ago
33.

Cool Breeze    

If this guy wins maybe he can open up a New Dehli ......

582 days ago
34.

Desert MaMa    

The drama from the ladys on Idol looks like its going to get fired up. Lets remind them, the show is not about them and there fame. Its the new generation and there Journey..

582 days ago
35.

Victoria    

Bet he wasn't allowed to wear his ceremonial dagger for his audition even though they community as a whole goes on and on about how it's their right. So I guess the moral here is ... for a talent competition, it's okay to put aside your religious symbols because you might become famous. I call BS!!!

582 days ago
36.

themare    

This guy seems too classy for Blowhan. Hope he does well.

582 days ago
37.

feelicks    

a.i. is fake, wake up people, its rigged and not wat it used to be....

582 days ago
38.

dick    

Someone please kill this show already!!!!! Does anyone know who even won last year or two years ago?

581 days ago
39.

dick    

Dude is only 18 and has a full beard? I had peach fuzz at that age.

581 days ago
40.

Phishie from Philly    

This dude looks like he's from Florida with back hair glued on his face & also looks like he's a jewish Mexican.

581 days ago
41.

Dublin2016    

It is fantastic these young singers get a chance to show their merit but I'm afraid American Idol is done. Lowest ratings since the show first started. The circus involving Maria Carrie and Niki Minag is too much. Hang it up Seacrest before its too late and your career suffers for it.

581 days ago
42.

Nvts    

I hope they keep an extra eye on him...I really, really do.

581 days ago
43.

T.ROB"THE QUIET GIANT"    

see if you can figure which Idol is in this video
http://youtu.be/flZNgYdskek

581 days ago
44.

T.ROB"THE QUIET GIANT"    

you guys should see this http://youtu.be/flZNgYdskek

581 days ago
45.

Sam    

He sings well, no worse than some. Good to see that someone of the Indian culture is in the limelight,, Sanjaya did well on AI too. Sikhs are from india and should not be confused or stereotyped which is plain ignorant..hopefully this will spread some awareness.

581 days ago
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