American Idol Scoop with Ryan Seacrest
It's called the judge's save, and it gives them veto power over America's vote. If the judges feel a contestant has been unfairly eliminated, they must all agree to bring that singer back. But there are a few catches. The judges can only use this once a season, it has to be used before it gets down to the final five and two contestants must be eliminated the following week.
"That was something they tried actually on the French version of the show," Ryan says. "In years past, we lost people—Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, as well. People who were great, who probably should have lasted longer on the show."