"American Idol" Winding Down Finalists; North Carolina Contestant Not One Of Them

North Carolina's Anoop Desai didn't survive to the final 12 of "American Idol" not yet, at least.

The University of North Carolina graduate wasn't selected Wednesday night as a finalist on the Fox show. He could still be selected in a few weeks when the judges choose three finalists without public input.

The finalists chosen Wednesday night were 21-year-old Alexis Grace from Memphis, Tenn.; 27-year-old Michael Sarver from Jasper, Texas; and 28-year-old Danny Gokey of Milwaukee.

The 22-year-old Desai sang "Angel of Mine" on the show Tuesday

The public will choose nine of the 12 finalists with the judges
choosing the remaining three.

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 20, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    It sounds like to me somebody reporting for WITN is biased toward UNC and should go work for WRAL or WTVD in Durham. What's up with that? Elizabeth City is closer than Chapel Hill, and no it is not in VA like some people act like.
  • by Idol Fan on Feb 20, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    Bring back Anoop and Braddy anyday. They are great. Leave Tatiana out!!
  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:01 PM
    I loved watching Anoop sing! He was great! Maybe he'll be back for the wild card show! I'll will miss Anoop, the Braddy kid was pretty good also! Love Idol!
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    I thought he was pretty good. To those of you who don't like our post on here, get over it already! It is good to talk about something else besides politics and crime! U don't like what we say, you have the choice of not reading our post. I am glad the "DRAMA QUEEN" Tatiana is GONE!!! She wouldn't even cheer Danny on for making it thru. she was a bad sport. I was sure they would keep her for "effects" just to give the show some drama like that kid a couple of years ago with the ponytail mohawk, Sanjyah was him name. Maybe Annop will draw a wild card and be back.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 19, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    Anoop Desai... I am still proud of you!
  • by WHY? on Feb 19, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    And I thought that there were actual important things going on in this world other than some dumb fixed TV show.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    Who freakin' cares?!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Anoop came in 4th last night. I have faith that he'll be back. I've been watching him sing with UNC Clefhangers for a couple of years now. He's great. Check out some of their stuff on youtube. He will be back for the wild card round and he'll make it. Love him.
  • by Dave on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    Good, I didn't like his hick twang voice anyway.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Apparently some people dont consider ELizabeth City, NC to be in North Carolina!!!!.... Braddy is the last name. This Anoop kid , isn't the only one.
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