Update: YNN has confirmed Perry will be at the CNN debate on January 19 in South Carolina.

CNN only allows candidates who finished in the top four slots in either the Iowa Caucuses or the New Hampshire Primary to participate in the network’s upcoming debate in South Carolina. Or, a candidate must "receive an average of at least 7.00 percent" in at least three South Carolina or national polls released between January 1 and January 18. Now, it appears CNN is bending its rules and allowing Gov. Perry to debate on Thursday, January 19.

Talking Points Memo’s Eric Kleefeld is reporting that CNN invited Perry despite his low poll numbers.

CNN’s candidate criteria was posted 8 days ago. The 90-minute debate will air on CNN at 7 p.m. CT.