Sanjaya will perform Sunday in Seattle production of Black Nativity

Sanjaya Malakar, the American Idol 6 finalist who helped make last season both watchable and a complete joke, will perform Sunday in two performances of Black Nativity, Langston Hughes gospel version of the Nativity story.

He’ll perform Sunday at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre along with fellow forgettable Idols Karma Johnson and Leah Vladowski (a.k.a. Leah LaBelle). “Each will take on a solo during the two performances of the Intiman’s annual holiday production,” as they are each “alumni of the Total Experience Gospel Choir,” Playbill reports. Tickets range from $15 to $35.

By the way, with the holidays approaching, if you’re in need of a gag gift, don’t forget Sanjaya’s iTunes EP. For just $3.99, you can hurt someone’s eardrums and continue to fuel Sanjaya’s parade of self-delusion.

Sanjaya Malakar Guests with Other “American Idol” Wannabes in Black Nativity [Playbill]

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