In the first elimination this season, American Idol bid goodbye to Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez. The double elimination was for the the Michael Jackson Week, where each of the Top 13 Finalists performed a song from the King Of Pop’s song book the previous night on a brand new American Idol stage.
Before the show progressed, host Ryan Seacrest announced a new rule on the show- the “Judges’ Save.” Seacrest explains that each contestant that gets voted off still has a chance to remain in the competition if the judges decides to save him/her. But, the save can only be used one time during the entire season.
The new rule was brought about due to much regret over losing potential Idol winners such as Chris Daughtry, Micheal Johns and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson who all got eliminated earlier in their respective seasons.
The first one to ask to be saved was Jasmine Murray. Seacrest called her to stand in the center of the stage to perform once again for the judges. The night before, Murray sang “I’ll Be There.” The judges didn’t like her performance much the night before, even so now. Randy Jackson was the bearer of bad news. “Jasmine, baby,” Jackson said, “I’m sorry but you’re headed home”. They showed a montage of her American Idol journey as Carrie Underwood’s new song Home Sweet Home played.
Puerto Rican Jorge Nunez suffered the same fate. After being sent to the center of the stage with Anoop Desai, Seacrest announced that it was Nunez who’ll be going home. Nunez performed once again “Never Can Say Goodbye“. After his performance, Seacrest asked judge Simon Cowell “Are you gonna save Jorge.” To which Cowell replied point-blank “No.” His video montage closed the show.
Kanye West and the original American Idol Kelly Clarkson performed.