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Triangle's Desai performs on 'American Idol'

Posted February 18, 2009
Updated October 12, 2011

— North Carolina's Anoop Desai is about to find out if he is a finalist on Fox's "American Idol."

The University of North Carolina graduate student sang "Angel of Mine" on the show Tuesday night. He was among a group of 12, of whom three will be chosen Wednesday for the finals.

The judges were lukewarm on Desai's performance, but said they were still fans. Paula Abdul said "America has connected with you in a large way." Simon Cowell said the song was too grown-up for the 22-year-old.

In the past, Desai had performed "Angel of Mine" with the a cappella group the UNC Clef Hangers.

Even if he doesn't win Wednesday, Desai could be chosen in a final results show in a few weeks, when the judges pick their three favorites for the group of 12 finalists. The public will choose the other nine.

"American Idol" airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.


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  • archmaker Feb 18, 2009

    Ricky Braddy was born and raised in Elizabeth City, NC. He was living in Nashville when he had his Louisville audition.

    I'm hoping that when Anoop-dog leaves, the local news will realize there was TWO from NC.

    In a recent interview, Paula's already named Ricky as one of her 3 favorite in all of the 36, so even if "sob" story Goesky wins tonight - its not necessarily over.

  • serenitynow Feb 18, 2009

    Ricky Braddy and the last guy who performed were awesome. I sat there in awww as they sang. I was not expecting them to sound so good.

  • OldBikerGuy Feb 18, 2009

    Is he "from" Elizabeth City or is he FROM Elizabeth City?

  • computer trainer Feb 18, 2009

    I do not think that Ricky Braddy mentioned Elizabeth City until last night. That is the biggest buzz this morning. I know that I was surprised to hear him say it last night. He was very good.

  • LambeauSouth Feb 18, 2009

    Actually Desai can only do cover songs and nothing more the
    best male performance was the last contestant, from Milwaukee
    and yes I am Biased :P

  • JMHO Feb 18, 2009

    I was thinking the same thing (Ricky Braddy). He was really good! The show listed his hometown as Elizabeth City, but their website lists it as Nashville...what's up with that? Oh, and Tatiana has to GO...too much drama

  • jbyrd Feb 18, 2009

    You are talking about Ricky Braddy.
    I guess since he is actually a native Tarheel (as opposed to the UNC namesake only) and not one of the chosen few from Chapel Hill, he really doesn't count.

    Even though he was the best vocalist singing last night.

  • allmeinyou Feb 18, 2009

    Good point. Why no mention on the website or the newscast? The guy from Elizabeth City was the better of the two in my opinion.

  • garnertoy Feb 18, 2009

    I agree the guy from Elizabeth City was really good

  • parr4246 Feb 18, 2009

    why is there no mention of the "other finalist" from NC ???? The guy from Elizabeth City.......????