During Wednesday's results show, we learned the judges' save is back. That means the judges can veto one elimination until the top 5 stage. The week after the judges use their "save," two contestants get eliminated. Last year, the judges used their "save" on Matt Giraud.
While some fans still love the prospect of a judges' save, I'm not thrilled. Here's why I oppose it:
The judges' save detracts from the show's excitement. Shock eliminations are sometimes sad, but they're also part of what makes "Idol" such a great show.
The judges are hesitant to use their power too early. We saw this last season when Alexis Grace got the boot. No matter who gets eliminated, they'll likely never use it at the top 11 stage because it creates problems in determining the top 10 singers who will go on tour.
Is it really that surprising? If judges really want to throw in a twist, they should have a designated week where any "wild card" from earlier in the season can re-enter the competition.
People get voted off for a reason. When a singer gets the boot, the viewers have spoken. Regardless of talent level, that singer's popularity was likely waning. Buying him/her another week won't change things.
Sometimes, it just seems like a charade. As Lacey Brown sang "The Story" on Wednesday's results show, were the judges really whispering about whether save her? Yeah right. They were likely planning where to get a post-show pizza.