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Anoop Desai of 'American Idol'
Singer: ANOOP DESAI
Song: "You're Always On My Mind"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Sigh. The judges made it clear to Anoop next week that they no longer want him to be fun. I disagree, but there's nothing wrong with Anoop stripping the showmanship down and just spending a week singing. And, indeed, he does that. This isn't "It's My Prerogative, Gonna Do What I Wanna Do" Anoop. It's "Last Week They Told Me I Didn't Deserve To Be Here And I'm Not Ready To Go Back to Grad School" Anoop. It's a defensive maneuver rather than an offensive maneuver, but at least he succeeds.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Simon Say: Anoop is back for Paula, saying it fit him like a glove after last week the glove didn't fit him. He touched her heart. "You've just managed to go from zero to hero," Simon declares. Gee, Simon did you come up with that yourself? Simon's happy that Anoop took their advice from last week and bent over backwards for the judges. Randy liked the arrangement and the performance. Kara says the song is nearly untouchable, but Anoop touched it in a special place. Wait. That sounds bad. It was good touching, not bad touching.