Gone but not forgotten, ex-American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar recently told Seattle radio station KISS 106.1 that on “country night”, his
talented charismatic little self wanted to belt out Janis Joplin’s classic “Mercedes Benz”- But with Ford a major sponsor of the talent show, producers had to slow his roll.
It’s hard to say whether ad-execs would have preferred a rendition of Alan Jackson’s Ford Country, but Malakar kept it real. Instead of selling out, he opted to give em Something to talk about… the song that led to his ultimate demise. It might not be right, but look on the bright side- he was booted before he got the chance to rock cornrows.