Anoop Desai delivers masterful performance

Staff WriterApril 14, 2009 

For the second week in a row, Chapel Hill contestant Anoop Desai delivered the goods on performance night. Now we'll see if the "American Idol" viewing audience agrees, or if he has to suffer through another close call.

By rights, Desai should sail through this round easily, because several of his competitors struggled. This week's theme was "Songs of the Cinema," with director Quentin Tarantino serving as guest mentor/coach. Desai covered Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (from 1991's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"), and Tarantino advised him to "rough it up." Desai took his advice and delivered a masterful performance, perhaps his best of the competition.

The judges were impressed, particularly Randy Jackson -- who told Desai he was "rockin' the house."

Voting commences at 9 p.m. Eastern time, and Desai's number is 866-436-5702.

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