VIDEO: Top Ten Picked On American Idol -- And (Surprise) THREE Wild Cards!

Mar. 4 2011, Published 10:20 a.m. ET

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On Thursday's American Idol, the 24 remaining contestants were whittled down to ten finalists by more than 40 million viewer votes, and in a surprising move, judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez each got to save someone with a wild card pick, leaving 13 young talents competing for this season's crown. Earlier, everyone thought there would be just two wild cards.

The top ten contestants, as determined by voters, included boys Scotty McCreery, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald; and girls Pia Toscano, Lauren Alaina, Karen Rodriguez, Thia Megia and Haley Reinhart.

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That brought us to the real suspense of the night, as three lucky contestants would be selected by the judges to get another shot at following in the footsteps of past winners such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

You could practically hear a pin drop in the full theater as the judges slowly revealed their selections.

The wild cards turned out to be: Naima Adedapo, Ashthon Jones and Stefano Langone.

Also of note, Lopez debuted her hot new video On The Floor toward the end of Thursday’s show, proving she’s still got some gas in the tank when it comes to her music career.

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