American Idol

Meet American Idol's Top 13

These contestants can rest easy – for now! – after they've earned their spot in the next round. By Serena Kappes and Aaron Parsley


Age: 22
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
The University of North Carolina graduate student with the winning personality was in a complete state of shock when – surprise! – he learned he'd landed the final slot in Idol's first-ever Top 13. "Dude, y'all punk'd me so hard!," Desai told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. "I didn't see it coming."