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Sanjaya has a new policy

August 22, 2008|From the Associated Press

From "American Idol" to American pitchman: Onetime contestant Sanjaya Malakar is back on television selling Nationwide Insurance in a new ad that's part of the Columbus, Ohio-based company's campaign, "Life Comes at You Fast."

Malakar says that's something he knows from experience. In a statement, he points out that he went from an unknown singer to appearing before of millions of people on "Idol."

In the commercial, Malakar, sporting a "ponyhawk" hairstyle similar to the one he made famous on Fox, visits a wise man who tells him he needs a retirement plan -- and a haircut.

Other celebrities who have poked fun at themselves for Nationwide include Kevin Federline, Fabio and MC Hammer.

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