Sanjaya Malakar: El DeBarge There is a precedent in the music world even for young Sanjaya Malakar. About 20 years ago a guy named El DeBarge burst onto the music scene with Rhythm of the Night and its almost as if Sanjaya channels him onstage-same immovable idiot smile, same light, effeminate voice. DeBarge appears to keep his pitch better, but music producers can work magic back at the studio. Maybe Sanjaya has a future after all. See if you can point out the similarities here.