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Anoop Desai Biography

Birth Place:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Reality cast member, singer

Fast Facts

  • Was a founding member of his high school's all-male a cappella group called the Chiefs of Staff
  • Performed with the Clef Hangers, an all-male a cappella group, as an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina
  • Working toward a Master of Arts degree in Folklore at UNC, but deferred his studies to compete on American Idol
  • Made American Idol history when the judges selected him as the 13th finalist for a group that traditionally includes only 12 competitors


  • Manoj Desai -- Father
  • Nalini Desai -- Mother