American Idol: Elimination Night Ends With A Twist


Apr. 13 2012, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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One of the remaining seven contestants was sent packing on Thursday's edition of American Idol — following a night in which the remaining singers took on contemporary rock tunes — or were they?

San Diego teen Jessica Sanchez got the coveted save from judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson in an emotion-packed results show after she received the lowest amount of votes from America.

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Sanchez, 16, was at the bottom in the tally of viewer votes, but after showing off her remarkable talents with a rendition of Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed to Be Here, the trio gave her a second chance.

Said Jackson: "We are saving Jessica without any doubt! This girl is one of the best singers in America, ever!" 

Lopez added, "Give me that mic … this is crazy! Yes, we're using the save. You ain't going home."

After snagging the life-saver, Sanchez said she wants "people to know I've been working hard my whole life."

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Earlier this season, Sanchez stole the show shortly after Whitney Houston's death, delivering a stunning rendition of the late singer's signature hit, I Will Always Love You.

Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet -- both coming off performances the judges loved -- rounded out the bottom three with Sanchez, prompting Jackson to grouse, "I've never seen this happen … this is a ridiculous bottom three, America."

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Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and James Durbin returned to the show Thursday to perform. Hudson did a duet with Ne-Yo.

American Idol's 11th season continues Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox.



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