It’s an event that has only happened 4 times in American Idol history – the judges’ save! On Thursday, April 12th the judges saved Jessica Sanchez from elimination, but did you notice a Jennifer Hudson coincidence?
Season 3 superstar Jennifer Hudson has been a guest performer on American Idol three times. EACH of those three times that she was at the show, the judges used the save: Season 8 Top 7 (Matt Giraud), Season 10 Top 11 (Casey Abrams), and Season 11 Top 7 (Jessica Sanchez). The other save went to Michael Lynche during Top 9 week of Season 9. When Ryan Seacrest, first introduced the save in 2009, he said the save was inspired by a few past favorites who went home early, including Jennifer. During Season 3, Jennifer was shockingly eliminated this week – at the Top 7 mark – but she persevered and became the first Idol to win both an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.