“American Idol” Judges Save Michael “Big Mike” Lynche From Elimination

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest promised a surprise at the beginning of Wednesday’s Results Show. This time he meant what he said.

American Idol judges used their one-time save to rescue Florida dad Michael Lynche from elimination Wednesday after viewers of the talent show gave the thumbs-down to the Teddy Bear singer’s rendition of “Eleanor Rigby.” Mike took the stage for a gospel-inspired take on Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work” to try to earn the judges’ save — he was successful. Audience voting was overruled when the judging panel gave Lynche their once-a-season save, noting that the burly crooner has consistently staged strong performances and won their praise.

“We all wish you did something like that yesterday,” judge Simon Cowell said. “This is why you’re in the position you’re in right now, because of what happened yesterday. We only have one save in the competition, and this is unanimous – we have decided we’re going to see you next week.”

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