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‘Idol’ Anoop Desai Is Lucky Number 13

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Mar 06, 2009 | 8:49am EST

This whole wild card scenario on American Idol is really mixing things up -- in a good way.

Idol contestant Anoop Desa, who was originally voted off, won the coveted and previously unannounced 13th spot at the end of Thursday's wild card round, HuffingtonPost.com reports. Representing the judges, Simon Cowell announced that the much-loved 22-year-old college student from Chapel Hill, N.C. would move on to the final 12, er, make that 13.

"We decided recently we're going to make this a top 13," Cowell revealed. The three other wild-card finalists were Jasmine Murray, the big-voiced 16-year-old high school student from Starkville, Mississippi.; Megan Corkrey, the quirky 22-year-old single mother from Sandy, Utah; and Matt Giraud, the soulful 23-year-old dueling piano player from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Desai, Murray, Corkrey and Giraud join previously picked finalists Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre, Jorge Nunez, Lil Rounds and Michael Sarver. The 13 finalists will start competing next Tuesday -- with one singer sent packing each Wednesday.

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