Season 6’s Sanjaya Malakar will do double duty on January 20th, releasing both a memoir detailing his life story and an EP of new songs, both called Dancing to the Music in my Head.
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Here’s how the editorial review describes the book:
In his candid new book, Sanjaya opens up about what it feels like to go from obscurity as a high school student near Seattle to worldwide fame as a top ten finalist on one of the most popular television shows in American history. For the first time, the “People’s Idol” talks about life before Randy, Simon, Paula and “Sanjayamania, ” and offers his devoted “Fanjayas” an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster show. From going to Hollywood with his beloved sister, Shyamali, to becoming the most highly anticipated performer of season six, to facing the unforgiving chopping block, Sanjaya tells his fans everything they want to know. Finally, he shares how his life has changed since he left Idol, and where his music — and unforgettable persona — will take him next.
Unless he’s spilled some juicy details, I can’t imagine Sanjaya selling a memoir to folks outside the fanbase. Blake Lewis, who traveled with Sanjaya on the Season 6 tour said that Sanjaya’s life story was “super shocking.” If he chooses to go deep, the book could be an interesting read. Otherwise? Zzzz.
Check out the EP’s Amazon page to hear song snippets. The music has an R&B feel, with a bit of world beat thrown in for good measure. But as always, I’ll reserve judgment until I can listen to full songs…