'American Idol': Michael Lynche saved!

michael-lynche-idol0407-320.jpg "American Idol" had a surprising bottom two and an even more surprising lowest vote-getter -- and because of that, the judges played their one-time-only save card.

The low man on the totem pole this week was Michael Lynche, who put an R&B spin on the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" Tuesday night. He was joined in the bottom two by Andrew Garcia, whose "Can't Buy Me Love" didn't impress the judges that much -- or the voters, as it turned out.

Their presence in the bottom Wednesday (April 7) two made for the first really suspenseful elimination since the top 12 started. Michael did "This Woman's Work" as his sing-for-your-life performance, after which Simon Cowell revealed his fate: "We all wish you'd done something like that yesterday. This is why you're in the position you're in now. ... It's unanimous, if that's any comfort to you. We've decided -- we'll see you next week."

The judges' use of the save -- two weeks earlier than they used it on Matt Giraud last season -- means two people will be sent home next week. Had the judges declined to use it, Michael would have been the first male in the "Idol" top 12 to go home. For one more week, though, it will still be six guys and three girls.

The rest of Wednesday's results show included the return of Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta, who sang John Lennon's "Imagine" (as he did in the semifinals of his season), as well as performances from Rihanna -- who debuted her new single, "Rockstar 101" -- and Jason Derulo, a protege of Kara DioGuardi.

Matt Giraud lasted only two weeks after being saved. Do you think Michael will last longer?

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