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Judges Select 4 Wild Cards, 'American Idol' Top 13 Revealed

March 6, 2009 (3:18 am) GMT
'American Idol' admits 4 instead of the scheduled 3 Wild Card contestants, rounding it up to be a Top 13.

The Wild Card round is on, finalists of "" that got eliminated in the Top 36 round are competing for a place in the Top 12. The four judges determine who deserve a stool, based on their March 5 performance. At the end of the show, results are read, four advance to the next round, making it a Top 13 instead of Top 12.

First singing on the night was 's pick Jesse Langseth who brought up Rufus and 's "Tell Me Something Good". Paula sticks to her, while the others thought it was mediocre. Matt Giraud gave his shot, singing Jackson Five's "Who's Loving You". Paula saw it fit to him and Simon Cowell called it a "billion times better" than the previous performance.

Megan Corkrey sang "The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" by . Simon praised her to be current and blatantly said that they need a person like her in the competition. Von Smith tried out ballad, 's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word". Simon thought it was boring and gave a nod to it, judging that it was a poor song choice.

Jasmine Murray gave 's "Reflection" a go. Kara said she was taken by her big voice while Randy opined that the song was too big for her. Ricky Braddy came up next, tackling 's "Superstition". Kara actually thought it was quite good but the others thought otherwise.

Drama queen Tatiana del Toro chose to sing her Top 36 performance once again, 's "Saving All My Love for You". The judges were unanimous when criticizing at her decision to sing the song again, which is for the third time. Anoop Desai was put on the last and he brought in 's "My Prerogative". Although he missed some notes, Simon thought that people are gonna love him. Randy agreed to this.

The show, trying to cramp it for a one-hour telecast, went fast in the result. Jasmine Murray was the first to be called and the first to go through. Ricky Braddy failed, so did Tatiana del Toro. Megan Corkrey passed but Jesse Langseth and Von Smith went home. Final showdown between Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai revealed that both are admitted.

Consequently the Top 13 are Alexis Grace, , Michael Sarver, , , , Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, Jorge Nunez, Megan Corkrey, Jasmine Murray, Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai. These people will perform as finalists for the first time on Tuesday, March 10.



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