Sanjaya Malakar may have been voted off American Idol last week, but it doesn't look like we're free of him just yet. The teenager was selected by People Magazine to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner, along with lots of celebs and politicians. The event had a less comical tone than usual due to the VA Tech tragedy, but Sanjaya still got his first taste of fame, rubbing elbows with the likes of Teri Hatcher and Petra Nemcova. Here's more:
The mild-mannered Malakar, meanwhile, told PEOPLE he's just trying to take it all in. "It's been really a whirlwind. I've just been trying to ride the wave and go one day at a time," said Malakar, wearing a dark pinstriped suit and highlighted, loose curls.
The swooning fans made him "a little uncomfortable," he admitted. But it's attention he may have to get used to as he sets his sights on a future beyond music. "I want to go into acting or modeling, maybe Broadway," said the former Idol, who thinks doing a hair commercial "Would be awesome!"
We were happy to see Sanjaya get the boot from AI, but it's good to see that he's stopped crying and is seeing Idol as a positive experience. Plus, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry still made it big without the big win, so you never know (but please say it isn't so).
Lots more pics including James Denton, Bill Paxton & Sheryl Crow, so just
Images include Teri Hatcher, Sheryl Crow, Sanjaya Malakar, Bill Paxton, Petra Nemcova, Chris Sligh, James Denton, Morgan Fairchild, Michelle Kwan, Kerry Washington.