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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  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    And Ricky. That makes 7 John. :-)
  • by RN Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    Ricky Braddy should have made it. He is great!
  • by John Location: Ayden on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    Way to go "Anoop Dawg"!!! Keep your head up Ricky Braddy! You did good to make it as far as you did. The representation of NC continues on American Idol! Let's see, how many does that make now....Clay, Fantasia, Chris, Bucky, Kelly...and, most recently Anoop for a total of 6. Not bad.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    I love Anoop but Ricky Braddy was robbed. He was a thousand times better than Megyn or Von. Maybe the limited exposure will open some doors for him though.
  • by M Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Love Anoop, hes hilarious
  • by AW on Mar 6, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    Go Anoop! Thank goodness someone represents NC.

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