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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

Anoop Desai

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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.

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

How did your parents get to be so adorable?

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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