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Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, and Jorge Nunez Advance to American Idol Top 12

American Idol Elimination: Which Three Are Moving On — And Who's In the Wild Card?

Normally when I say something like this, it would be sarcastic — but truly that was a pretty action-packed American Idol results show on Wednesday night. Three contestants from the third group of 12 advanced straight to the top 12, and the judges named the eight finalists who will return and sing for their lives tomorrow. So whose Idol journey ended and whose may still continue? Just


And the next three people moving for sure into the finals are . . .

Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds, and Jorge Nunez!

They sure didn't wait long to tell us about Lil, huh? She was the first called by Ryan and the first to take her place of pride on the winners' stools. The only real suspense of the night came down to Jorge vs. Ju'Not; if it were up to me, I would have loved to see them both get through.

But the time for that came later, when we heard the names of the eight wild card competitors. It's a pretty mixed group: Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Ricky Braddy, Megan Corkrey, Matt Giraud, Jesse Langseth, Tatiana Del Toro, and Anoop Desai. They'll be back to sing tomorrow for the final three spots in the top 12.

A couple of other quick thoughts on the show:

  • If it were up to me, I'd swap Tatiana for Kristen or Felicia and Von for Ju'Not in the wild card round, but overall, I don't think it's a bad group. Could have been much worse, that's for sure.
  • So, as of now we have six guys and only three girls in the top 12 — and it seems pretty clear that if it were up to America, the balance might be even more uneven. Do you think the judges will try to correct the imbalance tomorrow night? Or could they potentially put three guys through? If they try to re-balance things, it's got to be looking pretty good for the girls.
  • Anyone else's stomach flip a little when Ryan said, "Could you be looking at the next American Idol?" while standing next to Tatiana?
  • Did the group sing seem . . . um, suspiciously good to anyone else? It just sounded like there were more than six guys and six girls singing at times. Also, what ridiculous choreography. (That said, I was a little concerned about how Scott would deal with that element of the show, and he looked just fine — which is to say he looked no more awkward than anyone else.)
  • Jorge is adorable. I'm sorry, but he's the cutest. His reaction to Seacrest's, "You're finding out now. No you're not. Yes you are," bait-and-switch just cracked me up. And his emotional reaction seemed to warm even Simon's cold little heart — I think that was a smile I saw there!

Did anything from group three's results surprise you? Are these the wild card picks you wanted to see? Anyone major left out?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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xingkit xingkit 8 years
I got home in time to see that Anoop made it to the wild card group. I wish he'd be part of the top 12. :)
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Group 3 was definitely the worst group for me. Meh. I want Anoop, Matt and Megan to get the wildcard spots. I hope the fact that there are already so many boys in the top 12 doesn't hurt Matt's chances (I think Anoop is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the top 12 already). I think it would be kind of unfair if they tried to balance it. It should be about talent, not about gender. Why bother bringing any of the boys back if they're just going to even up the numbers? What the hell was Tatiana wearing? And what were the judges thinking bringing her back? Maybe they only brought her back so they could crush her dreams one more time. Felicia deserved a wildcard spot over her.
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I'm also on the Anoop, Megan and Jasmin train here. I think Jasmin is safe, they need more girls and she's strong. I think Megan has a pretty good shot as well, since she's got such a different sound from everyone else. She just needs to shimmy less. Anoop, I was getting so upset that he hadn't been called yet, but as soon as Simon said "this was the easiest decision for us" I knew it was him. YAY! I think the guys are just stronger this year than the girls
kasey009 kasey009 8 years
i HOPE anoop goes through. i think it might be anoop, matt and megan or jasmin..... i agree with everyone else on tatiana, and i pray she goes home. she stresses me out
mrscharles-2007 mrscharles-2007 8 years
I'm fine with everyone except Tatiana. I would rather have any one else. Hopefully she won't be in the top 12. She seems rather fake and her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I about dropped when they said Tatiana would be moving on to the wild card round. I really really really hope she isn't picked by the judges. Thankfully there is much more talented people and only 3 spots left. I would've liked to see Felicia get another chance, she sang awesome and in my opinion better then lil rounds but whatever.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
I have to admit - I gasped, squealed, and clapped when they announced Anoop! Woot woot!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I just couldn't stand the braddy bunch shirts and websites so early in the competition.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Matt, Meghan, Anoop. All the rest suck. There were better deserving people.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I feel like the people who performed this work didn't have as much of a chance to make it to the wildcard round, but I guess Von did make it, so that could be because I wanted to see Ju'Not and Kristen again! Out of the people who did make, I hope they pick Megan, Anoop, and Matt. Although, I do still like Jasmine and Jesse kind of grew on me with her performance. I'm praying that Tatiana and Von don't make it. I'm kind of indifferent on Ricky.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I think that Tatiana makes good TV and that's what the AI producers are interested in. Also, why in the world would they bring back Von Smith?
SapphireSky SapphireSky 8 years
Hoping that Megan, Anoop, and Jasmine pick up the wildcard spots... Def disappointed in the choice to bring Tatiana back. Any talent she does have is completely overshadowed by her nutter personality. Kristen would have been a much more solid choice. WOuld like to have seen what the AI stylists could do for her.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I'm not an AI person but I just love Anoop. He's so unexpected! I really hope they put him through to the final 12. And I hope they send Tatiana packing. UGH! She is unbearable. That was totally for ratings - no doubt.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
so of the wildcards, who do you guys want to go through? My choices - Anoop, Ricky and Megan
alesimas alesimas 8 years
Anoop is in tha house!!! I really hope he makes it to the top 12.
Yv Yv 8 years
I'm sure the judges chose the eight for the wild card show based on the votes they got. Unfortunately with AI it seems like it's all about the money. I would also swap Tatiana, Von and Jasmine for Alex, Ju'Not, Kristen or Felicia. Tatiana has a good voice but the drama is unbearable. As for the girls-boys proportion, of course the judges will try to correct the imbalance today for the sake of commercial value of the show. Which is bad considering the boys are much better this year. Lil is overrated, and generally this year's contestants are not so interesting. Only a few can be great.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i agree, Felicia or Kristen WAYYYY over Tatiana. But they need the drama I think. Overall not too surprised about the 3 in and the wild card will be interesting to say the least.
mswender mswender 8 years
I am very sad that Ju'not did not get put through and then not through to the wildcard! Yuck! The other thing that i don't like is Tatiana can sing, but she drives everyone crazy!!! I would ahve liked to see Kristen Macnamera and Felicia in the wildcard too!
em1282 em1282 8 years
"Good gracious goodness, STOP IT with that hosebeast!" :rotfl: Yeah, I definitely was bummed about her and Von (wtf?) making it into the wildcard round. I wasn't the biggest Nick/Normund fan, but man, I'd take him over Tatiana ANY day. Also bummed about Ju'Not not getting any further, because I liked him a lot. Matt Giraud is back, though, so no complaints there :)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I was shocked with Tatiana. Good gracious goodness, STOP IT with that hosebeast! She really is not THAT talented and only there to stir the pot. Has Simon completely lost his mind? I would have much rathered had Kristen Macnamera in the top.
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