MANILA, Philippines – A calm and happy Jessica Sanchez thanked her supporters in a video taken right after being saved by the “American Idol” judges in this week’s elimination round.
The 13-second clip, which Sanchez posted on Twitvid, showed the Fil-Mexican-American walking inside the “American Idol” studio.
“So I just sang my save song and year, I got saved (laughs) and I’m so grateful,” she said. “I just want to thank you guys for letting me make it this far. Thank you so much. Love you guys.”
In a surprising twist, “American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler used their one “save” for the season to keep Sanchez on the show.
The three rushed to the stage and did not wait for Sanchez to finish her performance, which was supposed to be the contestant’s way of convincing the judges to let her stay in the competition.
Sanchez was set to be eliminated from the show after getting the least number of votes.
“Give me that mic! This is crazy! We’re using the save. You ain’t going home! Go sit down,” Lopez told the 16-year-old contestant.
Not letting her emotions get in the way of her performance, Sanchez ended the episode by singing “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” by Deborah Cox to the delight of the audience.
Sanchez has consistently been praised by the “American Idol” judges for her vocal skills.
On Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), Sanchez gave a soulful rendition of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering,” prompting Jackson to say that she “slayed the biggest fish of the night.”