Jessica Sanchez was in danger of going home on “American Idol”‘s results show Thursday night, but judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler charged the stage and announced they were using their one save of the season on her.
Jennifer actually snatched the microphone from Jessica and said, “Give me that mic. This is crazy. Yes, we’re using the save.” Randy said, “This girl is one of the best singers in America ever.” He then urged everyone to vote for the best on the show this season. Jessica sang Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” as the credits rolled.
Other favorites, Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone, were also in the bottom three in viewer vote totals with Jessica, and Randy called it a “ridiculous bottom three.”
The top seven opened the show with a group performance of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass.”
Thanks to Twitter, a few contestants heard from the original artists of the songs they sang Wednesday night. Kellie Pickler loved Skylar Laine’s version of “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” and Skylar Grey gave a nod to Colton Dixon for his take on “Love the Way You Lie.” Jazmine Sullivan was also impressed with Jessica Sanchez’s take on “Stuttering.”
Colton and Hollie Cavanagh also got invites to teenage “Idol” fans’ proms, and Elise Testone presented Steven Tyler with a feather earring sent in from another viewer.
“American Idol” season 10 alum James Durbin returned to sing “Higher Than Heaven” from his album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. Jennifer Hudson returned to “Idol” as well to sing “Think Like a Man” with special guest Ne-Yo.
“American Idol” returns next Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.