Anoop Desai Covers Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” (VIDEO)

American Idol season 8 alum, Anoop Desai is staring a brand new weekly thing. It’s called WTF Wednesdays. This week, he posts a cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

His version is slowed down, haunting, mournful–a rather intriguing take on the popular song. What do you think?

Also check out:

Anoop Desai – Love War feat ADHD – Music Video

And Anoop has just released new music. Click out the links below.

Download Love War the single from iTunes
Download 3 Cheers the EP from iTunes

Anoop Desai – I Knew You Were Trouble

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  • tierbee

    Still love that voice :) I liked that – I think “haunting” is a good description of it, MJ.

  • XoLuv2SingOx

    anoop is such a great singer!! glad to see that he’s still doing music! his style of music is soo unique and i really wish he would have made it further on the music scene!

  • Zoey Giesberg

    This is seriously gorgeous.

  • Sharon S.

    I wonder what his run on the show would have been like had he demonstrated that kind of creativity and musicianship during the competition?  That’s really beautiful.

  • Aakash Mansukhani

    holy crap he’s boss

  • notthatmary

    Thanks for this!  Anoop’s voice is always spot on, beautiful to listen to – even if it’s a Taylor Swift cover.  Wonder if he’ll be mentioned during Charlie Askew’s audition and if so, if Randy will have kind words to say.

  • Incipit

    Nice. Very nice. Anoop had my favorite vocals on Season 8, even though I was disappointed in his song choices, and the judges gave him nothing but grief, I loved his voice. He was so smooth, when he did Smokey Robinson’s “Ooh, Baby, Baby” on Motown Week…I actually had trouble telling the versions apart. 

    Love to see him have some success.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Anoop has a very smooth buttery voice. I just think the judges critiques messed his Idol runs but you could tell how great his voice is on his studio versions.

    I just love those Season 8 kids:)

  • lovetheusa1776

    Anoop has a truly beautiful voice – one of the best from AI.  His album Zero.0  has some fine music on it.  Happy to see that he’s still pursuing his dream. 
    And, yes – all hail to Season 8 – would like to relive it.

  • JML_NC

    Anoop’s Trouble cover defines his talent & the word evocative! Show support to Anoop worldwide via Twitter, FB, comments & shares EVERYWHERE!!

  • Caro3278sweet

    Every time I hear him I am just stunned all over again how talented he is. What a voice. 

    This actually made me LIKE a Taylor Swift song. That’s talent. LOL

  • rmpion

    good one

  • AlesheaDominique

    Beautiful as always. Ohh, that voice. He can sing to me every night. 

  • cheese1

    I love this – definitely my favorite voice from season 8 and one of my faves from all 11 seasons. 

  • sweetmm

    This is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet :)

  • roarpen

    Wow – that totally blew my socks off.

  • Linda Parish

    WOW!  I love the tone of Anoop’s voice and how he sang this song.  Great job!

  • teekee

    Nice, really nice. Like.

  • standtotheright

    If the producers and band on AI had the sensitivity and desire to highlight all R&B rearrangements this way, it would go a long way toward allowing the contestants to show themselves as current.

    In the meantime, this was a very nice job from Desai.

  • Happyhexer

    That was gorgeous. Gave me chills.  I would buy this if it was released for purchase.  I love Anoop’s voice, but I don’t always like the type of music he has released post-Idol.

    Who knew a Taylor Swift song would be such a good fit for Anoop?

    And speaking of which, am I the only person who thinks Taylor’s voice is more suited to pop than country?  Taylor always gets criticized for supposedly not being able to sing, but IMHO she compares favorably to many other pop artists out there . . .