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Associated Press, Published March 05 2009

Fargo native Jesse Langseth returns to ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES - Fargo native Jesse Langseth’s quest to win “American Idol” isn’t over yet.

Meanwhile, the drama is over for Nathaniel Marshall and Kristen McNamara on “American Idol.”

The pair of singers who sparred with their group during Hollywood Week were two of nine semifinalists sent packing Wednesday on the popular Fox singing competition – and they weren’t selected to return for the special wild card round, either.

Langseth, of Minneapolis, was among eight semifinalists who will get a second shot at the top 12. She’ll join Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Ricky Braddy, Megan Corkrey, Tatiana Del Toro, Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai for the wild card round tonight. The judges will pick the final three finalists from that group.

The third group of three finalists headed to the top 12: Lil Rounds, the smooth 23-year-old mother of three from Memphis, Tenn.; Scott MacIntyre, the soulful 23-year-old piano player from Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Jorge Nunez, the charming 20-year-old college student from Carolina, Puerto Rico. The trio received the most viewer votes Tuesday.

Nunez, MacIntyre and Rounds join previously picked finalists Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver. The show’s dozen finalists will be known tonight after the wild card round.

The show’s four judges seemed in agreement with the viewer votes this week. They apparently didn’t want to be without Rounds, who received the biggest endorsement after singing Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You.”

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