‘American Idol’ Results Recap: The Save Is Still In Play

American Idol delivered several surprises on Thursday’s Top 5 results show. The FOX competition welcomed back Season 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino and Season 2 runner-up, Clay Aiken.

Other unexpected surprises came from Paula Abdul, who surprised Candice Glover onstage, and LaToya London, another season 3 standout.  The crowd was full of famous faces including Season 4 winner, Jordin Sparks and her boyfriend, Jason Derulo. Also in the audience was Pete Wentz’s recently reunited band, Fallout Boy.

After a group medley of Donna Summer’s hits, the ladies learn what Jimmy Iovine thought of their performances. Angie Miller is first to get her rundown from the label exec who says he wasn’t impressed with her rendition of Beyonce’s “Halo.”  Nicki Minaj disagrees. “Jimmy has no idea what he’s taking about,” she said.

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Jimmy didn’t love Candice Glover’s take on Paula Abdul’s hit, ‘Straight Up,” but he was absolutely amazed by her turn at “Believe.” Ryan Seacrest has a trick up his sleeve when he brings out Paula herself while Candice is hearing her critique. “I’ve been watching this remarkable young lady captivate the audience week after week,” she said. “I’m such a big fan.”

Clay Aiken performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as an ode to his season stealing number.  I wish he would have done something else.  After Lazaro Arbos’ repeated attempts at this song this season, I’m super sick of it.

Next up is Janelle Arthur, whom Jimmy says delivered a strike out with her song choices.  He thinks she should be in the bottom. Lucky for her, Janelle’sown idol, Dolly Parton, wrote her a few words of encouragement. “Don’t you feel a bit bad that you didn’t get great reviews on Dumb Blonde. We know you’re not dumb, and you’re not blonde. I will always love you.”

The country cutie seems to know she may be a bit out of her league with the rest of the divas.  Still, the judges will probably use their save and keep all these ladies around for one more week.  Why not, right?

When Fantasia takes the stage to perform her new single, “ Lose To Win,” it’s clear she’s having a moment.  The troubled singer has finally rebounded from a tough few years and chose the Idol stage to make her triumphant return. This is what this show is all about.  Amazing.

Amber Holcomb will likely land on the bottom again as well, even though Jimmy and the rest of the panel think she deserves nothing but praise. “If there was a place above the top two, that’s where she belongs,” said Mariah. Jimmy thinks her ballsy song selections will pay off.

Last, there’s Kree Harrison, whose Wednesday night performances got mixed reviews from the panel. Jimmy disagreed with her song choices as well, which is a bit shocking since she never receives anything but glowing reviews.

Looks like America agrees with Jimmy tonight…they put Kree and Janelle in the bottom 2.  At this point, I know exactly what’s going to happen.  If Kree gets voted off, the judges will surely save her.  If it’s Janelle getting the ax, they’ll likely say “goodbye.”

Right and right.  Janelle is in the bottom and she’s singing for the save.  The remaining four finalists look desperate to save her as she takes one final stab at “Set Me Free,” in hopes of scoring the save.  She doesn’t.  The panel is split in half, forcing them to send Janelle packing.

Since the save is still in play, we can expect some more surprises over the next couple of weeks, unless of course the show wants to alter its airing schedule. Highly doubtful.

Who will the judges save this season?

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