American Idol Anoints Final 12... Plus One!

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Perhaps inspired by the attention given to The Bachelor for its twist of an ending this season, American Idol shocked viewers last night.

No, the show didn't announce one finalist, only to take back the honor and anoint someone else a few minutes later.

Instead, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi decided that there was simply too much talent this season - therefore, at the conclusion of the Wild Card round, Ryan Seacrest called Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud to the stage.

Simon told Giraud that he had advanced... and so had Desai!

Audition Pic

Congratulations, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud. You're both American Idol finalists!

The judges chose all four new finalists last night. These two singers joined the following, previously-announced additions to the final round of 12 13:

  • Jasmine Murray: Sang Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” and was told by Kara that “you got this [big] voice that came out of nowhere."
  • Megan Corkrey: Performed KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree." Kara's response? “I think that we need you You’re different.”
Megan Joy Corkrey

Click on the pics above for larger images of Jasmine Murray and Megan Corkrey.


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]