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'Idol' exit Q&A: Anoop Desai

Simon's comments from Tuesday night gave one of this week's two eliminated singers an inkling of trouble ahead; on the day after, he tells us about his parents, his new look, and the back and forth with the judges

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It was a judges’ save that brought Anoop Desai into American Idol’s top 13, and it was a judges’ save (of Matt Giraud) that ultimately took him out. The second victim in Tuesday night’s double-elimination talks about his parents, his facial hair, and his faith in voters.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We only have a few minutes, so I’m gonna get right into it.
ANOOP DESAI: Okay.

The question we all want to know the answer to…
Uh huh…

How did your parents get to be so adorable?
[Laughs]

We all love them here.
You know what, can I tell you something? Through no clairvoyance on my part, I was actually on your site, and I’ve been noticing how y’all love my parents. I love ‘em, too. They’re the greatest people in the world. The funny thing is that I am a cross between both of them, seriously split half-and-half. My talkative outgoing side, which I don’t think a lot of people have seen, is definitely my mom. The quiet side is my dad…. The eyebrows are definitely my dad. [Laughs]

So we can segue into this week’s makeover: What was the vision behind it? Talk us through it.
I’ll tell you how it started. It started with me getting lazy and not shaving one day.

I did like the stubble, by the way.
Thank you. I appreciate that.

But it was a split-decision at EW. [He laughs] Annie Barrett loved it. Jessica Shaw didn’t.
I’m gonna keep it for a little while, and we’ll see how it goes. With the facial hair, I felt comfortable doing my hair a different way this week. And then we had a really cool suit that we had bought. It was sort of natural. I wanted to do something not so collegey.

So it was your vision and not a stylist’s?
I would like to think that I’m a pretty intuitive person, and I know when I need to change things up as well. I knew that it was probably time to show people that I could ditch the Southern Swoop if I had to.

At what moment during last night’s show did you go, Oh no, this might not go my way?
When they told me the seating order on the couch. [Laughs] I didn’t feel comfortable having Simon end my critiques with ”That was your worst by far” — which I disagree with, by the way. I’m not saying that I was expecting to go home, but I wasn’t surprised to be in the bottom three given the comments from Tuesday night. Let’s put it that way.

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