NEW YORK (AP) — "American Idol" is down to a lucky 13 finalists.
In a two-hour episode Thursday, the nation's most popular show pared down the competition from 24. Ten contestants made it to the next round by phone-in votes. In a new twist, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler chose three more after a sing-off.
The three to benefit from the extra chance were Ashthon Jones, of Nashville, Tenn.; Naima Adedapo, of Milwaukee; and Stefano Langone, of Kent, Wash.
Before that final round, the Fox reality show unveiled five male and five female contestants who will be moving on.