March 4th, 2011
12:03 PM ET
While the Top 13 was announced on "American Idol" Thursday night, the evening really belonged to Stefano Langone.
Although the 21-year-old, who battled back from a debilitating accident to be able to walk again, didn't make the initial Top 10 cut, he poured his heart out in the wild card round and snagged a spot.
His version of the gospel hit "I Need You Now" by Smokie Norful brought the audience to their feet and visibly moved the judges. A performance became a prayer as Stefano crooned "Lord I need you, right away."
Naima Adedapo and Ashthon Jones also grabbed wild card spots and joined Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez and Pia Toscano.
There were a few surprises, though - both the always positive gingersnap Brett Loewenstern and smoky-voiced contestant Kendra Chantelle got the boot.
This year's Top 13 is a departure from the usual Top 12, and so far is living up to an assertion from the show's producers and judges that this season features some of the best talent the series has ever seen.
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