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Anoop Desai of 'American Idol'
Singer: ANOOP DESAI
Song: "Caught Up"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Tired of two straight weeks of being praised by the judges for his voice, Anoop turns his attentions to an Usher song that mostly lets him hide (literally for a while) behind four backing singers and a loud, aggressive arrangement. The same stage mannerisms he brought to "My Prerogative" and "Beat It." He has a very set idea of what "defiance" looks like on stage and how you perform it, so from the clenched jaw to the his stance to his outstretched arm, it's repetitive. If he's having any fun with this performance, I'm not seeing it.
Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Simon Say: Check it out, baby. You know what's interesting for Randy? Anoop picked up his swagger, even though Randy didn't think it was a very good choice of songs. Kara wanted to see more riffs and crazy stuff, suggesting that a group of frat boys may have dared him to sing Usher. Paula wanted to see more of Anoop's stage presence, urging him to take more liberties. Simon thought it was "a complete and utter mess." "You came over as a wannabe," Simon says. We're only 10 minutes into the episode and Simon has a headache. Anoop disagrees with the judges' criticisms, grinning with the sort of smugness I wouldn't necessarily have recommended.