Jessica Sanchez Saved By 'American Idol' Judges: Did She Deserve It? (POLL)
In one of the most shocking American Idol moments ever (emphasis on ever), powerhouse vocalist Jessica Sanchez found herself singing for the judges' save Thursday night, as the 16-year-old from San Diego, CA, somehow received the lowest number of votes from the previous night.
Luckily for Jessica, the judges were quick to correct America's vote -- so quick, in fact, that they didn't even let Jessica finish her performance.
"This is crazy! You ain't goin' home. Go sit down!" declared Jennifer Lopez as she, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler approached the Idol stage in a hurry.
Randy seemed especially angry by America's vote, and pleaded to the viewers at home to vote for the best singers in the competition.
"[Jessica] is one of the best singers in America -- ever. Are you kidding me? Everybody please vote for the best. [This show is] about finding the best," he said.
Jessica, whose performance of Jazmine Sullivan's 'Stuttering' received high praise from the judges on Wednesady, stayed extremely humble about the results, taking it all in stride like a seasoned pro.
"I don't expect anything; I just do what I do. Whatever happens, happens," she told host Ryan Seacrest.
"I just want people to know that I've been working hard my whole life."
Since season 8, the judges have been given the opportunity to save one contestant from elimination, up to a certain point in the show. The idea was implemented to prevent talented singers from going home too early, as so often happened in previous seasons. (Hello, Jennifer Hudson, who incidentally, if not ironically, performed her new single, Think Like A Man, live on tonight's results show.)
Past recipients of the save were: Matt Giraud, in season 8; Michael Lynche, in season 9; and Casey Abrams, in season 10.
Still, even with the save, Idol isn't fool-proof from shocking eliminations. The judges were quick to save Abrams last season, and were then caught in a bind when talented balladeer Pia Toscano was eliminated by America just two weeks later. (The save can only be used once per-season.)
For now, at least, the save appears to have been used widely on Jessica, who has been a frontrunner to win season 11 ever since her performance of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You, last month. Check it out below:
What do you think: Did Jessica deserve to go home tonight? Or were the judges right in saving her? Vote now in our poll!