April 21, 2007 01:47 PM by Joe Blackmon
No, recently eliminated American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar has not announced his candidacy for the Oval
Office. He’s about eighteen years too young to qualify even if he was
interested. However, Sanjaya has been invited to the White House
Correspondents Dinner, which airs Saturday, April 21 starting at 9:45
ET on C-SPAN.
Sanjaya Malakar will be a guest of People Magazine at the Saturday night event at the Washington Hilton. Sanjaya won’t be the only reality TV star in attendance, as another of People Magazine’s guests is Tim Gunn from Bravo’s Project Runway.
This is not the first brush with politics that Sanjaya’s new found fame has brought him. Around a week ago, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was asked what could be done about American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar during a radio call-in. Clinton said “That’s the best question I’ve been asked in a long time. Well, you know, people can vote for whomever they want. That’s true in my election, and it’s true on American Idol.”
When asked about Hillary Clinton’s comments and how he felt about becoming part of the Presidential debate during a recent press call, Sanjaya said “I heard about that very briefly. It’s really interesting because, like I said, I had no idea really how much impact this show had. I think it’s really interesting that someone like me, a 17-year-old Seattle boy, could have so much impact as to get into the Presidential debate.”