NEW YORK - Sanjaya Malakar is so famous, he can't walk anywhere without getting noticed.
"It's really weird. I mean, I'm just Sanjaya from Seattle," the 17-year-old American Idol cast-off said Monday on Live With Regis and Kelly.
"It's paparazzi [who] get at you," he said, "and fans come up and try to give you hugs and get autographs. I would love to just be able to hug everyone and give autographs and take pictures, but you can't."
Malakar was voted off the Fox talent competition last week after a long and unlikely run in which he outlasted better singers and captivated millions of TV viewers with his goofy charm and ever-changing hairdos.
He wants to be a triple threat: singer, actor and model.
"Like, I really - what I want to do is experience the whole entertainment business because, I mean, I'm not just a musician, I'm an entertainer," Malakar said.
Fresh off American Idol, the lanky teen/media It Boy is in demand. Another stop on his post-show publicity tour was David Letterman's Late Show on CBS, where Malakar was to read the "Top Ten" list Monday night.
On Saturday, he attended a White House correspondents' dinner in Washington as a guest of People magazine.
"It was really weird because the governor of New York came up to me and said, 'I'm a fan, I vote,"' Malakar said.
"That's fantastic," said Kelly Ripa, co-host of the syndicated daytime talk show.
"It was really weird," Malakar said.
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