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"American Idol" - Two Contestants Eliminated - March 11, 2009
Ryan reminds us that it's going to be a double elimination and that some new rule will be going into effect.
33 million votes were cast.
Ryan shows us pictures of Jennifer Hudson, Tamyra Gray, Chris Daughtry, and Michael Johns. What they have in common he says is the outrage that was sparked when they were voted off. In response to that, they're instituting a new rule: the judges' save. From this point forward until the top 5 the judges can save a contestant once, and it has to be unanimous. Once they've used the save they can't use it again for the rest of the season. When they do, no one will be eliminated. The next week, two people will be eliminated.
Ryan says this doesn't reverse America's decision-making. Simon agrees saying the way the show works is people vote for who they want to save. So if someone doesn't get enough votes this simply saves someone the judges deem more worthy than voters.
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