Judges' Save Keeps a Finalist on 'American Idol'

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April 12th, 2012

via press release:







LMFAO and Season Eight Winner Kris Allen to Perform

on Next Results Show Thursday, April 19


Tonight on AMERICAN IDOL, in a surprising and dramatic turn of events, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler saved Jessica Sanchez from elimination, after she received the fewest votes among the finalists. Sanchez will continue in the competition and take the stage along with the other six finalists next week. On tonight’s results show, AMERICAN IDOL Season Three finalist and Academy Award and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson along with Ne-Yo performed their new single, “Think Like a Man,” and AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 finalist James Durbin performed his new song, “Higher Than Heaven.”


Next week, on Wednesday, April 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top Seven – Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone – return to the IDOL stage to perform for America’s votes.


Tune in the following night, Thursday, April 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), to the live results show to find out which Top Seven finalist is sent home. In addition, LMFAO performs their smash hit, “Sorry For Party Rocking,” and AMERICAN IDOL Season Eight winner Kris Allen performs his new single, “The Vision Of Love.”


“Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #Idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @yo_randyjackson; @JLo; and @iamstevent.


AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions.


See what happens every Thursday when the show ends, but the cameras keep rolling, as the eliminated finalist says an emotional goodbye and exits the IDOL stage. Visit www.americanidol.com for this exclusive insider’s view each week after the West Coast broadcast of the results show, as well as for exclusive videos, interviews, photos and special behind-the-scenes information.

  • Nick

    Best. Results. Show. Ever. I’m guessing the last quarter ratings will be pretty huge. Word of mouth was pretty huge.

  • Lane

    This was so scripted. I heard reports before it aired about how “shocking” tonight would be. It was rigged cause Idols ratings have hit a series low last week. Anyone with a brain can see that.

  • rob60990

    Skylar and Holley got more votes than Jessica? What a hot mess.

  • Chmarin

    I said it on Twitter, it was more scripted that all the seasons of The Bachelor combined.

    Everyone with half a brain cell knew the save was going to be used tonight, because next week would be the last time the save was in play.

    Seacrest was also obviously in on it as well, you could tell how his voice got louder and louder and more dramatic as they got down to the bottom three people. Also, the ‘Expect the unexpected’ thing in the opening intro was another painfully obvious sign of what’s to come.
    The annual “let’s make two separate groups of three and make the seventh person pick one to join” shtick also helped, because it allowed the producers to create their own bottom three and keep the audience in suspense until the very end.
    Steven Tyler obviously didn’t want to be part of the shenanigans, it was hilarious when he said the save was being used even before Seacrest announced who the lowest vote-getter was.

    It had to be Jessica. Nigel Lythgoe wants the ratings and the publicity back. Had it been anyone else, save or no save, it wouldn’t have been as dramatic.

    Plus, J.Lo once again reminded us all she starred in Gigli with her poor acting skills when the judges came on stage to stop poor Jessica’s performance.

    But all in all, I’m actually happy this happened, because I honestly want Joshua and Jessica in the finale. I like both Phillip and Colton, but enough with the WGWG.

  • Ritchie

    If this is in fact scripted, I do hope putting the 2 “minorities” in the bottom 3 is downright racists. Seriously, Jessica and Joshua were 1 and 2 that night and they were both in the bottom 3. Picking them to be in the bottom 3 was in such poor taste that it totally made the show downright racist, on a night they brought back one of the most successful artists they launched, Jennifer Hudson.

  • Ritchie

    That first sentence I wrote doesn’t make sense, lol, sorry

    I meant if they did in fact script this results show, I do hope they did not intentionally put the 2 minorities in the bottom 3 because to people of color, I think it can so easily be perceived as racist.

  • Networkman

    I think it all comes down to who is voting. If the largest percentage of votes are coming from teenage girls then you are going to keep ending up with men winning. For the past four seasons a male has won.

    @Ritchie, I will say that the odds are against women and unfortunately it seems hard now for minorities to win as well. So I don’t know if this was done intentionally or this was the actual count because once again it comes down to who the teenage girls find hot.

  • Kaylie

    I think it was good. I want the ratings & publicity back on Idol too. This was in no way racist. In the bottom 3, there was 1 white, 1 black, and 1 Filipino. Who were they being racist too and anyway this episode should go up because there was no competition.

    They also need to open the age limits to everyone to get their ratings back. American Idol would be a really fun show to watch again if there were little kids or much older people therefore the show would be open to everyone and not just the teenage girls and dying adult demographics.

  • jessie
  • FowlScat

    I watch and enjoy AI this year but I have to admit that had to be a setup. Disappointing to see a stunt like that on a results oriented show. The only saving grace is the quality of the talent is excellent. Should be Jessica and Skylar in the final. The church singer is hyped bad, and the Phillip Phillips clown should already be gone. They had to use the save and they contrived this to make it dramatic.

  • Eileen

    Let’s keep this competion honest. Eloise is playing alot of dirty pool . Even though all the contestants are pouring their hearts out to sing their best for the judges Eloise thinks she is the best. NOT SO It’s JESSICA all the way.At least she carries herself with poise grace and style. She dosen’t slap anyone in the face or hit them over the head. One other time I seen something like this happen.Katherine McPhee She should have one. I am 70 years old and this show is the highlight of my week.

  • huh.

    yay spoiler

  • Jordan

    That waz so staged! American Idol was already ahead one week due to Jermaines disqualification. The judges had to use their save by the Top 5 and just about everyone knew that Hollie was going to go home and the judges wouldn’t use their save on her. I mean really Idol? Come on Mr. Ryan Seacrest you know I’m right!

  • Robert

    It reminded me of the WWF. Fake wrestling and now..fake AMERICAN IDOL results…

  • Sue

    I thought this show was American Idol. I did not know it was Judge’s Idol until last night. What good is our votes?

  • jeffsrob

    This was so rigged, it’s laughable. They usually wait ’til the final four but since Big Bang Theory is giving them a run for their money they jumped the gun. We all know the final two will be Colton and Jessica. It’s been planned that way since the beginning. We know that there are a lot of hispanics that watch AI and yoiu know they are a large portion of the voting block, so who do they think they are fooling?

  • Nick

    Just because this was the result, and this is what the judges’ did, doesn’t mean that this is staged people. This is getting really out of hands. It’s possible that Jessica was the one sent home, because no one knows who voted. However, everyone knows who gets eliminated beforehand (by everyone, I mean the producers, Ryan, etc.), so the fact that they tweeted/whatever a shocking elimination does not mean it’s rigged. It means they wanted to get the eyeballs watching it.

  • Coacoav

    @Nick I agree it was not staged but Ryan and the producers new who was
    the low vote getter and my guess is told the judges without giving a name that is was a front runner. Randy, Jlo and Steven already knew and decided prior to the show going on air they would use the save on whoever it was.
    I do think when they heard it was Jessica they over reacted by taking the
    mic and not making her earn the save. I felt it was a slap in the face for
    the prior contestants who sang knowing they would not be saved but did it
    anyway with style and grace.

  • Anna

    They blew their credibility last year when they saved that growling slob….

  • Hessian

    Happens every year. Voters assume the front-runner is safe and suddenly someone favored to win is in the bottom three. That’s WHY the save exists, so the judges can step in (ONCE) to correct a bad vote. Save the whining for REAL conspiracies, like how ACCORDING TO JIM got so many seasons….

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