He's not quite Sanjaya Malakar but what he does share with the 19-year old heart-throb and finalist of the sixth season of American Idol, is that he has struck a chord with the judges and viewers.
We're talking about Anoop Desai, the geeky 21-year-old college student whose soulful voice has won him many fans in Season 8 of the popular reality show. Currently, the singer is among the top 11 after two others were eliminated last week.
Anoop talks about how he plans to stay in the competition.
You were given a second chance with the Wild Card round. How did that feel?
It was like having all your dreams dashed and then, 10 seconds later, they're alive again. It was definitely a genuine shock for me. I'm just glad that I'm still here.
The producers set you up and made you believe you'd missed out. Then they revealed there would be 13 finalists, rather than 12. Did Ryan [Seacrest, host] apologise to you afterwards?
Yes, the producers and the judges all sort of apologised and said 'Sorry we did this to you'.
Do you feel added pressure being the last person selected?
Obviously I'm glad that they expanded [the competition to 13 finalists] but I don't know if there's added pressure. Even though I happen to be the last one chosen, I'm very comfortable with that. I think everyone in the top 13 is really talented and have their own style. It's going to be a boom for the show because it's going to be able to showcase that wide variety of talent.
Catch American Idol every Thursday and Friday at 9 pm on Star World.