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Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez Eliminated from American Idol

American Idol Elimination: Who's in Your Top 11?

Even though Ryan Seacrest kicked off this week's American Idol elimination episode by describing yet another new twist to the competition, the end result of Wednesday's show was still the same: Only 11 of the top 13 finalists survived to perform again next week. Still, the new rule is interesting and could very well shake things up this year — though I'm guessing probably not all that much. After the jump, we'll talk about that, the two eliminations, and the episode as a whole, so just


It's always tough to go on the first night of the finals, but someone — this year two someones — had to do it. Say farewell to Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez.

So let's talk about this new rule. Ryan flashed on the screen some former Idol contestants — Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Michael Johns — and explained that these were some of the previous talented contestants who were sent home too early and deserved a second chance. This year the rule-makers at Idol apparently think they can avoid this kind of travesty by introducing the "judges' save." This is a little loophole that allows the judges to save one contestant from elimination one time. If they're going to use it, it must be before the top five, and it has to be a unanimous decision — plus, the week after the judges use the save, two contestants will be eliminated. Ryan said that conceivably this could have saved Daughtry, but that's not right, because he was in the top five. Try again, R-dog!

There was no big upset in Wednesday's elimination, as the folks who headed home were definitely two performers who failed to make much of an impression on Tuesday. They're the two you thought should go home, and the judges decided not to use the save for either of them. But hey, both young singers made it to the big stage, and for that they should be proud!

Here are some of my other thoughts:

  • Not to add insult to the injury of Jasmine's dismissal, but . . . she was wearing a dead bird around her neck. I was fixated.
  • OK, whose idea was it to give Gokey a solo dance move in the opening group sing? (I'm looking at you, Paula!) I thought we established this week the man should not dance if he doesn't have to! I will see those crotch-thrusts in my nightmares for a long time.
  • Speaking of the opening act: Were they lip syncing? That would be kind of nuts.
  • Kanye West's backup singer had amazingly large shoulder pads on.
  • What did you all think of Kelly Clarkson? Always magical to have her back on that stage but she seemed subdued and a little nervous. I still think she sounded great, though.
  • Both Megan and Anoop were sent to the middle of the stage and nearly eliminated. Seacrest never actually said they were the next two lowest vote-getters, but after Tuesday's show, I wouldn't be surprised. Hopefully, they can redeem themselves in America's eyes next week!

What do you guys think of the new rule? Were you sad to see Jasmine and Jorge go home?

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