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Frank Micelotta  /  AP file
In the commerical for Nationwide Insurance, Sanjaya Malakar pokes fun at his "ponyhawk."
updated 8/21/2008 11:47:25 AM ET 2008-08-21T15:47:25

Former "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya has gone from "pitchy" to pitchman.

Sanjaya Malakar is 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 personal 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 visits a wise man who tells him he needs a retirement plan — and a haircut. He sports a "ponyhawk" hairstyle similar to the one he made famous while competing on the Fox network show, where the judges often deem off-key singing "pitchy."

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

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