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[04/15/09 - 10:01 PM]
Judges Save Finalist from Elimination for First Time in "American Idol" History
FOX details the latest "American Idol" elimination.

[via press release from FOX]

JUDGES SAVE FINALIST FROM ELIMINATION FOR FIRST TIME IN "AMERICAN IDOL" HISTORY

MATT GIRAUD WILL CONTINUE IN COMPETITION AS TOP 7 FINALISTS PERFORM SONGS OF THE DISCO ERA TUESDAY, APRIL 21, ON FOX

TWO FINALISTS ELIMINATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Season Seven Runner-Up David Archuleta Returns to the IDOL Stage; Disco Icons Harry Wayne "KC" Casey, Thelma Houston and Freda Payne to Perform on Next Week's Elimination Show

Finalist Matt Giraud was saved from elimination tonight by the AMERICAN IDOL judges after he received the fewest of America's over 36 million votes. This marks the first time in the eight seasons of IDOL that a finalist has been saved from America's vote.

Next week, the Top 7 finalists � Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and Lil Rounds � take the stage again Tuesday, April 21 (8:00-9:01 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to perform songs of the Disco era.

Tune in the following night Wednesday, April 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to find out which two finalists will be sent home. Season Seven runner-up David Archuleta returns to the IDOL stage to perform his new single, "A Little Too Not Over You." In addition, three Disco icons � Harry Wayne "KC" Casey (of KC and the Sunshine Band), Thelma Houston and Freda Payne � will perform a medley of their hits "Get Down Tonight," "Don't Leave Me this Way" and "Band of Gold."

AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; and Ken Warwick, executive producer, FremantleMedia North America.

Visit americanidol.com for exclusive videos, interviews and photos of the finalists as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.





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