Indian-American top contender in US

March 12, 2009

An Indian-American is making waves in the US media after earning a coveted surprising spot on a popular reality show.

22-year-old Anoop Desai, fondly nicknamed “Anoop ‘Brown’ Dogg” is the second youngest Indian-origin singing sensation on the American idol show after Sanjaya Malakar, a recent finalist.

The college student was recalled as a wild card for the last round, after which the 12 finalists were to be announced.

But he was convinced that he hadn’t made the cut after his name didn’t come up in the first twelve announcements.

Anoop, the soulful and R&B singer snagged a spot in the finals during a special wild card episode which saw eight finalists vying for the last three spots in the top 12. Only this time it was not 12 but 13.

“Obviously I’m glad that they expanded it. You’re gonna get what you pay for in a sense with this show because everyone in the Top 13 is really talented. It’s going to be a boon for the show to showcase that wide variety of talent,” Anoop told media persons on Friday.

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