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American Idol’s Judges Take to the Stage to Try and Save Jessica Sanchez

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Sanchez sang for “the save” last night on “American Idol” and the judges did not let her down. In fact, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler swarmed the stage as if it were the beaches of Normandy, before Sanchez could even get to the chorus of Deborah Cox’s “How Did You Get Here?”  But did it work?

Jessica Sanchez
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The Top 7 contender and California native put a solid performance on Wednesday night, wowing the judges with Jazmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering.” But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about ‘American Idol’ after ten-plus seasons, it’s not all about the singing.

Last season, Randy Jackson and his newly minted co-judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler decided to use their one save on jazz crooner, Casey Abrams only to find the consistently strong, Pia Toscano, who they assumed was a shoe-in, eliminated in 9th place.

This season, the trio waited a wee bit longer to throw out their one lifeline and Sanchez was certainly deserving. After sending the rest of the Top 7 to safety, Sanchez, twenty-eight-year-old blues rocker, Elise Testone and twenty-year-old R&B singer, Joshua Ledet were left facing possible elimination. Ledet was let off the hook leaving Testone and Sanchez to sweat it out.

In the end, Sanchez was the one singing for the save but Lopez, Jackson and Tyler took to the stage almost immediately, letting the California teen, and America, know that she isn’t going anywhere, just yet.

Sanchez may be safe for now, but in the end, “Idol” is decided by its viewers, who are largely teen girls swooning over the show’s male contestants. She may have made it through another week, but it remains to be seen if Sanchez and the rest of the Top 7 ladies have what it takes to break ”Idol’s” four season male winning streak.

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