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Anoop's 'Idol' fans to gather in Chapel Hill

Posted February 17, 2009

— Fans of "American Idol" contestant Anoop Desai will gather at a Chapel Hill restaurant Tuesday to cheer on the University of North Carolina graduate when he competes in the first group of 12.

The 21-year-old Desai will perform in the first group of six women and six men to compete on this season's show, which airs on the Fox network, including WRAZ-TV FOX50, at 8 p.m. Three competitors will be chosen on the results show Wednesday to move on to the final 12.

In an interview video posted on the show's Web site, Desai said that he knew UNC senior Eve Carson, who was murdered last March, and her death moved him to audition.

"She made the world a better place, and so, when she died, everyone sort of decided that we need to up our game. We need to do something to make up for this huge hole that was left by her passing. It definitely motivated me to do things that I had maybe previously not been comfortable with," Desai said.

Friends and family had urged him to audition before, but he had resisted, he said.

If Desai doesn't win this week, he could be selected a few weeks later when the judges choose three finalists from the remaining competitors.

Friend Chris Melly says supporters will gather at Players, a Franklin Street restaurant.

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  • LuvLivingInCary Feb 17, 2009

    from someone with a very talented voice, this guys 'da bomb...he won't last long unless he's entertaining.

  • ignc73 Feb 17, 2009

    How is this news?

  • wp Feb 17, 2009

    He is good and a favorite of mine, but I'll be voting for the one who does the best, not based on the fact he's from NC.

  • JaydensMom08 Feb 17, 2009

    I LOVE this guy!!! GOOOO NOOP DOGG!!! :)

  • darylfoot Feb 17, 2009

    They don't have their HDTV set up right. There shouldn't be black bars at the top and bottom during American Idol.......

  • shortyrules Feb 17, 2009

    He's got a good voice.. I hope he goes far this year. I'm votin' for him. :)

  • raleighboi Feb 17, 2009

    yes wifeandkids, voting starts tonight. 3 weeks with a group of 12 (6/6). The highest voted boy and girl will proceed and the next-highest, boy or girl. 9 total then 3 wild cards will make up the 12. then it's one by one!

  • Wifeandkids Feb 17, 2009

    We vote tonight, right?

  • garnertoy Feb 17, 2009

    go anoop