Sanjaya "chicken" to cut his hair?
Apparently KFC's been trying to convince Sanjaya Malakar to get a haircut. The controversial American Idol contestant was offered a deal by KFC last week - a free lifetime supply of KFC Famous Bowls if he would "don a bowl hairdo during one of your next nationally televised performances." He didn't, obviously, and now KFC's upping the ante.

KFC President Gregg Dedrick has written a second open letter to Sanjaya, congratulating him on avoiding another round of elimination and asking him again to get his hair cut, this time offering him five thousand dollars and his own commercial.
Selected passages from the letter, for your amusement:

"Last week, Kentucky Fried Chicken(r) offered you a free lifetime supply of KFC Famous Bowls(r) if you donned a bowl hairdo. You chose instead to wow the judges with a slicked-back do, a white tuxedo and your trademark showmanship."

(Excuse me while I roll on the floor laughing.)

The letter goes on to say that American Idol's "judges and critics may think you're a long shot for a recording contract, but at KFC, we think you're a real "original." And as the experts in Original Recipe(r) Chicken, we know an original when we see one! In fact, today, I would like to sweeten our tasty offer by serving you up your very first recording deal.

"If you sport a bowlcut hairdo in a nationally televised performance, KFC will grant you a free lifetime supply of KFC Famous Bowls and a charitable donation in your name - plus $5,000 in cash and your own starring role in our next KFC Famous Bowls advertisement."

The letter further claims that it's "an offer almost as juicy as our KFC world famous chicken" and, more importantly, makes me laugh really hard again by suggesting that the deal would "help turn millions of viewers around the globe into 'fanjayas.'"

Are they even serious? Probably. Last year KFC offered American Idol's season five runner-up Katharine McPhee a similar "lifetime supply" of Famous Bowls deal, but offered her twice as much money. (She turned it down.)

-Mel Harris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Sources: Post Chronicle
Photo courtesy of American Idol