American Idol Update: Finalists, Wild Card Contestants Announced

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Last night's American Idol results show was full of more action that Paris Hilton's hotel room on Saturday nights.

First, Ryan Seacrest announced the three singers that were voted by fans into the finals. None were a surprise:

Click on the pics above to say hello to the latest trio of American Idol finalists.

From there, the host explained this season's Wild Card round: the judges agreed on eight singers that deserved a second chance to audition. From that group - which will perform tonight - the final trio of finalists will be selected by viewers.

Here's who will receive another shot at the next round:

  • Von Smith
  • Anoop Desai (Click on pic below to enlarge)
  • Jesse Langseth
  • Jasmine Murray (Click on pic below to enlarge)
  • Matt Giraud (Click on pic below to enlarge)
  • Ricky Braddy
  • Megan Joy Corkrey
  • Tatiana del Toro

Our take: del Toro? Really?!? Is there any reason for her to be included in the Wild Card selections, aside from producers wanting to create more drama?

The Bachelor has been taken to task all week for its controversial, possibly-staged finale. But it's about time someone called out American Idol for clearly aiming to elicit more tears and pleadings from Tatiana in order to boost ratings.


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]