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Mar042011

'American Idol' Announces Top 13 in Surprise Twist

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol announced its lucky top 13 Thursday night -- lucky for a few of the Idol hopefuls because judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler chose one more wild-card entrant than expected.

Here are the 10 contestants who advanced via fan voting, in the order they were announced:

* Scotty McCreery
* Lauren Alaina
* Pia Toscano
* Karen Rodriguez
* Jacob Lusk
* Casey Abrams
* Thia Megia
* Paul McDonald
* Haley Reinhart
* James Durbin

And these are the three contestants who earned wild-card spots from the judges:

* Ashthon Jones
* Stefano Langone
* Naima Adedapo

Throughout the first hour and 15 minutes of the results show, Seacrest introduced the Idol top 24 in groups of two or three and revealed the results of the fan voting. 

The judges granted opportunities to six contestants to sing for a wild-card spot: Jones performed the Dreamgirls tune "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," Langone selected the Smokie Norful ballad "I Need You Now," Chantelle belted out "Georgia On My Mind," Barreto chose Jon Secada's "Angel," Adedapo sang Donny Hathaway's "For All We Know," and Rosen performed Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word."  In the end, the judges went with Jones, Langone, and Adedapo as their wild cards.

Thursday's results show also featured the hotly-anticipated premiere of Jennifer Lopez's music video for her hit song "On The Floor."

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