American Idol: More power to Paula and Co.

And then there were 12. And shortly after that, 11. American Idol cut its contestants by two last night, sending Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez home after the near 33 million votes registered by viewers were calculated. But the big news of the night involved the announcement of a new twist that could change the Idol landscape forever… or simply postpone the inevitable.

The Michael Jackson theme night was "beat It" time for both Murray, from Starkville, Mississippi, and Nunez, from Carolina, Puerto Rico. Murray, who qualified as a wild card, sang "I'll be There," and Nunez tried his hand at "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Next week, the remaining 11 singers will sing songs popularized by members of the country music program Grand Ole Opry.

The latest Idol twist gives the judges a little more power with the Judges' Save. The new rule basically allows Simon, Kara, Paula, and Randy to tell America it got it wrong and reverse voters' decisions to send a singer home. The Save has to be a unanimous, can not be used after five contestants remain, and can only be used once this season (if it gets used at all). If a singer is saved, two contestants will be eliminated the following week to keep things on track.

But what does this new rule really accomplish? If America votes a singer off and he/she is saved, they'll likely just be the first to get the boot the following week. On the other hand, it could save a deserving someone's hide who simply had an off-key week.

What are your thoughts on the new rule? And did America vote off the right people last night?

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I love the new rule! I always thought that it was unfair to send an excellent singer home because they had a bad week. And regular people who aren't huge fans of the show and don't vote for one favorite week after week, as fans of the show do, usually make their vote base on each week's performance so... it's a very good rule, they just have to use it well. Oh! and Television19 they show IS in fact taped live, the tapings that take place during june-december is what you see during the audition process and hollywood week... after that, all the live shows are LIVE. I have friends who have been to the tapings. Maybe you're confusing it with America's Next Top Model which, as you said, does shoot the episodes and chooses the winner before the season starts broadcasting. ;)
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I wanted Jorge to stay, i also liked Jasmine but i didn't see her performance.
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I love the new rule.
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Seems like a weird decision.
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It is kind of a weird rule as the same person will probably get voted off the following week . . .
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A thought: Do you really think the producers of Idol would allow america to actually choose the next American Idol? Of course not, the person is already chosen and has been for a long time. The shows are not live... The season shoots from June-December with all contestants and audience having to sign a waiver... Just a thought...
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Im happy that Jorge is gone. I do not think he is a good singer and he has a disgusting singing face.
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I think Jorge Nunez should have been saved. I don't know what the judges where listening to, but I thought he did good. The construction worker and the visually impaired guy should be sent home. As well as the blond girl with the tattoo on her arm.
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Great. Just what we need. Give the judges even more power. Their egos are already too big. Just let America decide. Get rid of the judges!
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