Wednesday night's "American Idol" results show promised to send two people home, but could the new rule giving judges the power to save a singer come into play?
Click here for my post about the whole rule, including Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell's explanation, but the gist of it is that once each season, the judges can vote unanimously to save a singer from elimination.
We had to sit through a group performance of a medley of early Michael Jackson tunes and the first Ford commercial of the season -- which might have had Freddie Mercury spinning in his grave as they picked apart "We Will Rock You."
Ryan got to the results pretty quickly, announcing that Michael Sarver and Allison Iraheta were both safe. He then asked Jasmine Murray to stand at center stage and wait to find out her fate.
Matt Giraud started walking toward the center of the stage a little too quickly. The confusion was funny, but he was never in danger. He was safe. Kris Allen and Megan Joy Corkrey were asked to stand up together. Kris was safe, but Ryan asked Megan Joy Corkrey to join Jasmine at center stage.
He explained one of them was safe and the other was going home. It was Jasmine who was out, and Randy broke the news that the judges' save would not be used. "You're going home tonight," Randy said.
We watched Jasmine's journey, with the accompaniment of Carrie Underwood's newly recorded version of Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home," which I'm seriously going to be looking for on iTunes. (And Ryan announced that it would be available, so there you go!)
Kanye West performed.
Scott MacIntyre was safe. Alexis Grace was up ... and safe. Danny Gokey, check. Safe.
Anoop Dogg Desai had a pretty good feeling he was headed to the center of the stage. And he was right. There he waited, while Adam Lambert got word that he was safe. Jorge Nunez and Lil Rounds stood up together and Lil was safe, leaving Jorge to join Anoop at center stage.
Anoop and Jorge waited while they watched the original "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson perform her new single "My Life Would Suck Without You."
After the performance, Ryan announced that Anoop was safe. Jorge was at the mercy of the judges. They discussed his fate while he sang his song -- or at least they were supposed to, but Paula was standing up and dancing. Did that mean he was definitely safe, or definitely out?
Ryan asked Simon if the judges were going to save Jorge.
"No, sorry," Simon said, a little more curtly than necessary.
So that was it. From 13 down to 11, minus Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez.