American Idol Chooses 13 Finalists

North Carolina's Anoop Desai is among the top 13 finalists, yes, 13 selected on "American Idol."

After Thursday's wild card round, the judges picked Desai and
three other finalists: Jasmine Murray, Megan Corkrey, and Matt

The judges called Giraud and Desai forward, then said Giraud was
moving on as the 12th finalist. As Desai tried to leave the stage,
judge Simon Cowell announced that a 13th finalist had been added at
the last moment, leaving room for Desai.

Desai is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. After
he sang "My Prerogative," he asked for a chance to speak, then
said he knew this was a difficult day at UNC because it was one
year ago Thursday that UNC student body president Eve Carson was
shot to death.

The Elizabeth City native, Ricky Braddy, did not make it to the finals.

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