Where are they now? Why, right here at E!
With American Idol winding down, we continue our look back at past personalities from the show. Today's installment: Sanjaya Malakar, the coif-challenged former contestant with the power to reduce a little girl to tears.
Now, first thing's first...
...you'll be pleased to know that he's still rocking the 'do.
"I signed with a modeling agency in Seattle," Malakar tells E! News.
"I have been a spokesmodel in different ads, but I'm not necessarily an underwear model at this point," he said. "My body isn't quite there yet!"
A full three years removed from his Simon Cowell-barbed heyday, Malakar isn't relying on his looks alone to get him by—he's also enrolled in Seattle's performing arts-heavy Cornish College.
"It's fun," he says of his modeling extracurriculars. "I enjoy going out there and being able to have fun in front of a camera and capture moments."
Of course, not all moments deserve to be captured on tape (unicorn hairdos excepted). Take Malakar's recent need for speed, when he was slapped with a $411 ticket after getting caught pushing 110 mph on the freeway.
"I was irresponsible and I will never do it again," he says. "The only reason I was going that fast is because there was no one else on the road. It was bad luck and I was stupid, it may seem fun when you start, but it's really not worth it."
Though, rest assured, one measly ticket isn't going to rain on his post-Idol parade.
"With the notoriety and the exposure I got with Idol, there's been a lot of really good stuff that happens. But there is also a lot of stresses that happen, decisions you have to make."
Like which scrunchie to use on what days. Hey, not every also-ran gets to be Adam Lambert. It's a dog-eat-dog world. Dawg.
Hear more from Sanjaya on a special Life After Idol segment on E! News at 7 and 11 p.m. ET/PT.
In the meantime, check out the post-Idol lives of other infamous contestants in our American Idol: Where Are They Now? gallery!