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Idol's final field swells to old-school baker's dozen


American Idol's first-ever Top 13 finalists include Thursday night "Wild Card" picks Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai (top from left), Megan Joy Corkrey and Jasmine Murray (bottom from left). Fox photo

American Idol's final field is set, after judges added four rather than the expected three contestants during Thursday night's so-called "Wild Card" round.

That makes it 13 finalists instead of the usual 12. It also presumably increases the number of Idol hours on Fox, which can't be blamed for wanting to make a few extra advertising bucks in sub-dire times for the television industry and just about any industry. Idol still reigns as prime-time's most-watched show, with an average audience of 26 million viewers per episode.

Your friendly neighborhood content provider correctly picked three of the finalists before any of them performed for Idol's four judges Thursday night. They are Anoop Desai, 22, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Megan Joy Corkrey, 23, of Sandy Utah and Jasmine Murray, 17, of Starkville Mississippi.

In an unprecedented move, the judges also resurrected Matt Giraud, 23, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Idol has never had 13 finalists before. They'll now be picked off one by one in viewer voting that begins after Tuesday's performance show. On the following night's results show, both inaugural Idol champ Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West will perform.

Here are the nine other finalists:

Kris Allen, 23, of Conway, Arkansas
Danny Gokey, 28, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Alexis Grace, 21, of Memphis, Tennessee
Allison Iraheta, 16, of Downey, California
Adam Lambert, 27, of San Diego, California
Scott MacIntyre, 23, of Scottsdale, Arizona
Jorge Nunez, 21, of Carolina, Puerto Rico
Lil Rounds, 24, of Memphis, Tennessee
Michael Sarver, 27, of Jasper, Texas