"American Idol" saw its first shocking results show of the season Thursday night. Jessica Sanchez received the fewest votes this week, but the judges used their one-time "save" and kept her in the contest.
After learning the results, Jessica started to sing for her life. The judges quickly showed up on stage.
"Give me that mike. This is crazy," Jennifer Lopez said, after Jessica started to sing "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" by Deborah Cox.
Randy Jackson added, "We are saving Jessica without any doubt."
Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet joined Jessica in the bottom three this week.
Weigh in: Did the judges make the right decision?
Next question: Did the results surprise me? Well, I ranked Jessica No. 1 after Wednesday's performance show...so yes, I'm a little surprised. But I'm not totally shocked.
You're always in potential danger when you choose an obscure song like Jessica did this week. She sang "Stuttering" by Jazmine Sullivan. What's more, Jessica falls into the "Idol" trap of being too perfect. To win "Idol," you need to seem human. Critics might say Jessica borders on robot mode.
I think Jessica has shown much more emotion and personality than Pia Toscano, last season's shocking elimination.
And yes, I still have some issues with the judges' "save."
There's a reason we don't vote for certain singers -- even if those singers are technically perfect. Technical expertise hardly guarantees a successful recording career.
One more question: Does anyone think this week's entire results show was staged? As in "Idol" conspiracy theories? I'm curious because I've already seen this idea floating around online.
Since the judges saved Jessica, there are still seven singers in the competition. In addition to Jessica, these singers remain: Phillip Phillips, Elise Testone, Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh.
Thursday's results show featured performances by two "Idol" alums. James Durbin performed "Higher Than Heaven" and Jennifer Hudson sang "Think Like a Man" with Ne-Yo.