We’ll cut to the chase. Here are the four (yes, 4) Wild Card winners who will make it into the Final Thirteen (yes, 13; not 12):


Jasmine Murray
Megan Corkrey
Matt Giraud
Anoop Desai

And they will join the following from the first three shows:


Michael Sarver
Alexis Grace
Danny Gokey


Adam Lambert
Allison Iraheta
Kris Allen


Lil Rounds
Scott MacIntyre
Jorge Nunez


Here is how it went down:

Each of the Elite Eight sang, received the obligatory critique and audience adulation, went back and sat down and awaited the decision.

Below you will find a mini-review of their efforts.

Jesse Langseth -“Tell Me Something Good” –

Not bad, but the backup singers really helped her. “Rather indulgent. It was all about you,” Simon said. In the end it turned out she was “real close” to making it according to Simon.

Matt Giraud -“Who’s Loving You” by Jackson 5 –

Bluesey, yes; the outfit, hat and scarf, no. He won’t make it far in the finals.

Megan Corkrey – “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” –

Simon said she is “current” which is a good description. Give her this much, she didn’t try to over-sing the song.

Von Smith – “Sorry seems to be the hardest word” by Elton John –

Kara said it was a “dark song” for him to sing; Paula thought he was “thinking too much.” I think they were both right on.

Jasmine Murray – “Reflection” by Christine Aguilera –

Range is good; little bit of a screamer. Judges seemed to give her a little more credit than she deserved.

Ricky Braddy – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder –

Although he had Paula up and off her seat and dancing, the song choice really could have been better. “A bit karoke, clumsy,” Simon said. This guy is better than this.

Tatiana Del Toro – “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston –

Maybe Tatiana thought three would be a charm cause this is the third time in the competition she did this song. “If next week is country, you going to sing this again?” Simon asked. Funny (please don’t laugh like Tatiana) but she does have a good voice. More on her at the bottom of this thread.

Anoop Desai – “My Perogative” by Bobby Brown –

Another repeat song, but he’s doing it OK, working the stage and has been pretty steady throughout the competition.

Then the show’s paced picked up and it got out of whack as they called the kids down and told them “in or out.”

Jasmine, in; Ricky, out; Megan, in; Tatiana, out (more on that later).

Now, let’s go to a break.

Jesse, out; Von, out; and with one seat left here come Matt and Anoop.

Matt, in. Anoop offers congratulations and then Simon tells him this year they are going to 13 finalists. Anoop is ecstatic. Oh, my.

All of which brings us back to Tatiana. Upon learning the news that her A-I career was over she walked over in front of the judges and knelt in front of them.

Exactly what she thought would happen next is anyone’s guess. The four judges tried consoling her and finally Paula said, “You are a good singer and if that doesn’t work you can always be an actress.

Can’t you picture Tatiana in a San Juan (Puerto Rico) Hilton next weekend singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” to the tune of “Saving All My Love for You”?