Televised Talent: On Singing for the Save

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

Let's get this one out of the way: I told you so.

When it was time to determine the bottom three in the blessedly abbreviated results show Thursday night, I knew it wasn't going to be Jena or Jessica, since MK's supporters would come through for them. It wasn't going to be Dexter, since he was saved by Ben Briley's fans.

It was no surprise, then, that Majesty Rose, who should have been eliminated when she attempted to cover "Let it Go," was finally let go.

But before it happened, she had to participate in a time-honored American Idol tradition of "singing for the save." Born in Season 6, the judges have the option of saving a contestant from elimination. The save can only be used once, and only before top five. The judges told us at the time that it was meant to eliminate surprise eliminations, like that of Chris Daughtry. Never mind that Daughtry was eliminated when there were four contestants left in the competition.

And early on, they told us that two would be eliminated the following week after the save is used. But they seem to have forgotten all about that one. It's rare, then, that judges don't use their save, and they seem to save it for the week when one of their pet contestants ends up on the chopping block.

So Majesty was called upon to sing for the save, and she delivered a pitchy performance of "Happy." Jennifer in particular was visibly pained. Some fans blamed Majesty's shaky performance on her emotional state. Why, they wonder, would she be asked to sing in such an emotional state?

Well, it's simple. This is actually something I agree with. Because should that contestant become a professional singer, she also will be called upon to sing:

• When she has had a fight with her boyfriend.

• When she's angry at her manager.

• When her aunt dies.

• When her dog gets hit by a car.

• When her kid gets sick.

And she will be singing before an audience of people who put down their hard-earned money to see her and don't give a flying fig about her boyfriend, manager, aunt, dog or kid.

Based upon the aforementioned theory of Fan Base Voting, one thing is certain next time. Malaya is already saved. Majesty's fan base will throw their support to her.

If you can endure the pitchy performance that failed to win Majesty a save, here it is:

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