Recap: "The Wild Card Round and the Top...13?!"

Well here we are, kids - the night we finalize the Top 12, er, 13. That's right, Simon waited until the last minute to drop the bombshell on one lucky contestant - and us at home - that Season 8 will have 13 finalists. So which half of the Wild Card singers made it through? Let's find out.

Jesse Langseth

This soulful redhead is definitely not my style, but I can say with certainty that I enjoyed her performance a week ago much better than tonight's rendition of "Tell Me Something Good." (Though, this one might have been better vocally.) She does have stage presence, however. Randy said he wasn't blown away by Jesse, but both Paula and Kara were impressed by her soulful swagger. Simon preferred this performance to her last outing, but thought it was a bit indulgent. As usual, I have to agree with Simon on that last part.

P.S. Paula has already started mouthing off way too much, and with only an hour to get through this, Ryan finally just cuts the judges off short. More of that, please!

Matt Giraud

For my money, he's the most deserving of his second chance, and boy did he prove it. His version of the Jackson 5's "Who's Loving You?" made me completely forget he ever even attempted to sing Coldplay. The judges all agree that the Matt they put through is back, and Paula says there's no doubt that America's "loving you." (Wink.) Randy perhaps said it best when he noted that all the other finalists should be a little scared of Matt getting into the final round.

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Mar 6, 2009 6:03PM EST

I was really disappointed that they even let Tatiana come back instead of one of the other really talented contestants, such as Ju'not. I am especially confused as to why the judges gave her the wild card when they obviously don't like her. Yes, she can sing, but so could the others without the obvious disasters. I don't dislike Tatiana soooo much, but it was really wrong to take away someone else's real chance to throw it away on Tatiana. At least they made it 13 this time, though.

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