Triangle's Desai performs on 'American Idol'
Posted February 18, 2009 4:02 a.m. EST
Updated October 12, 2011 9:50 a.m. EDT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — 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.