Update: Sanjaya and Shyamali pictures added. Scroll down.

This post on the singing Malakar siblings has attracted more than 2,500 a lot of visitors to this blog; one of the most popular pages after I installed Mint. I guess I should provide a little update on their progress on American Idol. The Indian-American brother sister pair made a splash couple of weeks back when they wowed the judges with their melodious voices.

However, today in the preliminary rounds during which only 40 contestants made it, the Malakar siblings were split up in separate rooms. One room would make it and the other wouldn’t. It turned out that Sanjaya made it and Shyamali was eliminated. Too bad, they would have made for perfect reality TV material. But I guess, the better singer got through. I had contacted Shyamali via her MySpace profile page to ask her about the American Idol experience. Actually I had contacted both siblings but only Shyamali got back. Unfortunately they are bound to Fox contractually that doesn’t allow them to speak to anyone which is perfectly understandable. Maybe I’ll wait a while and contact her again. Pictures below:

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[pictures via Uber Desi] Sanjaya and Shyamali were all smiles before the rounds began but unfortunately it ended quite different with the brother consoling his crying sister instead of wildly celebrating like other participants [video]. I’m sure they fight a lot at home but certainly make an ideal sibling pair on television.

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They didn’t show her performance on TV so it is difficult to judge whether she deserved to stay on [images: American Idol]

Update: There are far more serious American Idol fan blogs out there who keep a tab on ALL contestants. I just keep a tab on two and one is already out. The Idol Blog Live is announcing a rumor that Sanjaya has made it to the top 24.

Update#1: Yup! it is official. Sanjaya made it to the next round of 24. Let’s wish him all the best for the studio performance.

And also this interesting revealation that Shyamali was (or probably is) a Hooters girl. Ash is going to kill me for following this pair so avidly. Somebody stop me!

Shyamali at Hooters

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Update#2: Sanjaya’s official Americal Idol interview:

Favorite male pop artists?
Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson

Favorite female pop artists?
Lauryn Hill, Susan Tedeschi

When did you first start to sing?
Once I stopped crying.

Do you have any formal singing training?
Yes.

What other talents do you have?
Culinary Arts.

If you don’t make it on AMERICAN IDOL, what will you do?
Use the experience to further my career.

More Q&A at American Idol website.

Update#3: In spite of the brouhaha wanting to see Sanjaya go home, he is making little girls cry and becoming more popular.

Update#4: Since there are a lot of searches coming here for Shyamali’s (and Sanjaya) pictures, here are a few more.These are either from Shyamali’s Myspace profile page or from television screen captures posted by readers on Slimtainment’s Idolblog.

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Shyamali waiting for her brother Sanjaya

Shyamali Malakar walking to her audition

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Shyamali and Sanjaya at Teen Choice Awards

Shyamali in an Indian flavor

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Shyamali Malkar with her mom after Sanjaya’s performance at American Idol [video.]

Here is a video of Shyamali talking to her fans