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March 5, 2009
'American Idol': Wild card update

OK, so when I got to The Bee this morning, I found other "American Idol" viewers/colleagues who were a little confused - as was I - as to how the wild card would work tonight when the final three contestants are selected for the Top 12.

I called my "Idol" contact in L.A. and got the scoop: The eight previously eliminated contestants who the four judges put into the wild card will perform new songs on tonight's show (8 p.m. on FOX40). Immediately after they sing the judges will select the final three finalists from the group.

They include: Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Ricky Braddy, Megan Corkrey, Tatiana
Del Toro, Matt Giraud, Jesse Langseth and Anoop Desai

Last night, voters sent through Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Jorge Nunez.

To be honest, I am a little stunned that Tatiana gets another shot. When she sang "I'm Saving All My Love" in round one the judges told her she was too reserved. "I'm not used to you being so demure," said Paula Abdul.

Well, there was nothing demure about her reaction to getting another shot last night: "Thank you so much! Thank you so much!" she howled, dropping to her knees before host Ryan Seacrest could get her over to the couch.

As it stands, there are three girls and six guys who have made it through. So odds are there will be more guys in the Top 12 than girls - no half and half.

Check back to 21Q later today for an interview with the three finalists from last night!

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