18 Facts About Anoop Desai


Anoop Manoj Desai was born on December 20,1986 and is an American singer-songwriter and actor best known for his time as a contestant on the eighth season of American Idol.


Anoop Desai, an only child, was born in Cary, North Carolina.


Anoop Desai's family moved to nearby Chapel Hill in 1998.


Anoop Desai went to Fuller GT Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Anoop Desai attended Carnage Middle School and Phillips Middle School, then later went on to attend East Chapel Hill High School, graduating in 2004.


Anoop Desai was awarded a four-year academic merit scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the Haywood W Hinkle Carolina scholar from 2004 to 2008.


Anoop Desai was accepted in the group as a senior in high school with the understanding that he would begin attending the university in the fall of 2004.

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Anoop Desai served as the group's music director during his junior year and as the group's president his senior year.


Anoop Desai graduated from UNC in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major of political science and American studies.


Anoop Desai rose to national fame with his participation in the eighth season of American Idol.


Nonetheless, Anoop Desai landed in the Bottom Two that week, just as he had the previous week.


Anoop Desai finished in the Bottom Three during Top 7 week, when Matt Giraud was saved from elimination by the judges.


Anoop Desai returned for the season finale of Idol's Season 8 to perform "I'm Yours" with fellow Idol contestant Alexis Grace and singer Jason Mraz.


Since appearing on American Idol, Anoop Desai has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Mo'Nique Show, Access Hollywood, Today, and local radio stations across the nation.


Anoop Desai has performed with Amos Lee in Atlanta, Georgia.


Anoop Desai was selected by Clear Channel Music and iHeartRadio as an "artist to watch" for September 2010 with this single as the featured track.


In 2019, Anoop Desai made his Off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater in the musical The Wrong Man.


Anoop Desai has guest starred on Billions, Little Voice, and Russian Doll, as well as the Djinn in the fourth season of What We Do in the Shadows.