Occasionally, we like to take a peek inside the red envelope to see what DVDs are being rented by the famous and infamous... today's celebrity spotlight falls on Sanjaya Malakar, the popular American Idol contender whose journey ended Wednesday night after his rousing rendition of "Let's Give Them Something To Talk About" failed to captivate the public.
Before leaving the Kodak Theater after last night's show, he spoke with us briefly about his meteoric rise to the middle, the controversy surrounding the voting tactics used to keep him there and, of course, the types of movies he most enjoys watching.
We first asked Sanjaya to comment on the the support he received from radio shock jock Howard Stern and a website called "Vote for The Worst." Did these contribute to his success?
He was tight-lipped on both topics saying that he was very pleased by the support from the "Vote for The Worst" website, adding that "if it worked for the President of the United States, it's certainly good enough for me." About Howard Stern he would say only that he still thinks "he's the real father."
What's next for Sanjaya?
The 17-year old says that when he gets a little older, he may consider a career in public service. "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is someone I admire very much and I would be proud to follow in his footsteps one day."
Sanjaya is a big movie fan and counts "Ishtar," "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," "It's Pat," "Plan Nine from Outer Space," "Howard the Duck," "Gigli" and "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" among his favorites. "These films are brilliant," says the idle Idol "and I know that I would not have gotten as far as I did without drawing upon them for inspiration."
In fact, all these movies are in Sanjaya's personal home video collection and he told us he has a couple of titles on his Amazon Wish List that he intends to buy soon, now that he has some time on his hands: "Stealing America: Vote by Vote" and "How To Win With Less Talent."
The Washington state native apparently loves to rent DVDs, too. He especially likes the convenience of Netflix, the online DVD rental service, because, as he explains it: "I don't always have time to do my hair, so I often prefer to just stay home and watch movies."
What's the boy singer currently renting?
Sanjaya Malakar's Netflix Queue
The Fallen Idol
Can You Sing That Song?
Odd Man Out
Hangin' with Hung
Bad Thing Gone Worse
Wiggly Giggly Singalong Songs
Any Which Way You Can
Sing Yourself Silly
Only God Can Judge Me
I, the Worst of All
Ultimate Voice Coach: Learn To Sing Like A Star
(We checked... all of Sanjaya's titles are indeed actual DVDs that can be rented through Netflix.)