Anoop Desai – American Idol Season 8 Top 36 Contestant

Anoop Desai -Kansas City – 21 – Chapel Hill, NC


Before Idol, Anoop was working on his master’s degree in Folklore at the University of North Carolina. During his undergraduate years, he was a member of the UNC Clef Hangers, an a cappella group.
Anoop’s charming geek-i-tude coupled with soulful vocal chops have already made him a fan favorite.   Check a slew of Clefhanger videos HERE Plus, the recording studio that worked with the Clefhangers put up some of his tunes HERE.

If you really want to geek out–and I know you do–check out Anoop’s American Studies Honors Thesis “Why Barbecue Matters in the South” HERE.

Anoop’s performance of “Angel of Mine” during the semis didn’t impress the judges, or America–he was eliminated.   Brought back for the wildcard, viewers were treated to an energetic take on Bobby Brown’s “My Perogative”.   The judges advanced Annop to the Top 12.   As if they wouldn’t have?

Anoop has yet to prove his vocal mettle on the Idol stage.   It remains to be seen how far this wildly popular (for now) Idol contestant can go in this competition.

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