‘American Idol’ recap shocker: Did the judges save Qaasim Middleton?

American Idol” threw us a massive curveball Thursday night by naming Qaasim Middleton as the singer with the lowest number of votes. I thought for sure it’d be either Adanna Duru or Daniel Seavey going home, as that’s who Gold Derby’s savvy readers were predicting, but we were all in for a surprise as the judges used their sole Judges’ Save of the season.

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After Adanna and Daniel, host Ryan Seacrest announced safety for eight more singers in the following order: Rayvon Owen, Nick Fradiani, Joey Cook, Tyanna Jones, Quentin Alexander, Maddie Walker, Clark Beckham and Jax.

Qaasim sang “Come Together” as his save-me song, and judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban just couldn’t deny how great his performance was. They used their Judges’ Save to protect Qaasim amidst shouts and cries of approval.

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