Sanjaya Malakar courtesy Fox Sanjaya Malakar courtesy Fox

It's been less than a week since Sanjaya Malakar was booted off American Idol, but the 17-year-old high-school dropout has further solidified his iconic status by presenting the Late Show with David Letterman's top-10 list Monday night. Some of the things he said he "learned" from his time on Idol were No. 10 "The camera adds 10 pounds to your mohawk" and No. 5 "Voting for yourself 100 times an hour causes some wicked carpal tunnel."

Paul Shaffer effusively declared Malakar's appearance a triumph. "We got him! He's ours!" Shaffer said. He was, at least for the night, theirs. But Malakar continues to move on.

Malakar has quickly gone from a Seattle-based unknown to a certified celebrity, despite being roundly reviled as untalented by critics.

The night after he was voted off (leaving six remaining - and far less familiar - contestants to vie for Idol's top prize) he was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performed in a skit opposite a teen-dream predecessor, Donny Osmond.

Attending the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday, Malakar commanded a longer line for autographs than any other guest.

No Idol contestant has garnered as much controversy, nor has a seventh-place Idol singer generated so much publicity and attention. Malakar has repeatedly discussed his plans to become an entertainment triple threat: actor, model, singer. He's told TV Guide that he envisions Broadway in his future.

Up next, the Idol loser will guest on Ellen DeGeneres' show May 1, and then there's the Summer Idol Tour featuring the final 10 contestants in concert. Given his ability to draw in fans and the media, it looks like "The Sanjaya Show" has only just hit the road. - Reporting by N.F. Mendoza