OFFSTAGE: Who Will Be Saved on American Idol?

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It’s down to the girls. At the end of Thursday’s (April 11) American Idol, Top 6 contestant Lazaro Arbos — the last remaining guy — was sent home. When the judges had their chance to activate their “save” for Arbos, they did not. Their save power is only viable if the four judges make a unanimous decision to use it. “You’ve been a treasure to the show, but we’re not going to use the save,” Randy Jackson told Arbos.

I think the save is going to be an effective weapon later when America’s voters just seem to get it wrong. There will come a time in the next five weeks when Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller are at risk. Will the judges save one of the girls? Or will they agree to disagree — and it will never be used? It’s hard to say which of the Top 5 Keith Urban would save because, as usual, he only had nice things to say this week:

“That was a buckle-polisher right there. I predict that you will become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. You have real genuine compassion for people. That’s what comes through in your voice.”(Harrison)

“I always feel like I see a different side to you every week, and I love that. Don’t forget the power of that kind of honesty.” (Arthur)

“It was like this summer breeze just blew in.” (Holcomb)

“You have such a great voice, and all I ask is that you don’t rely on it alone.” (Miller)

“You set the bar really high.” (Glover)

Previous Idol winners Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson both performed new songs on the show this week. It makes you wonder: If they were contestants this year and were voted off, would this panel of judges use their save on them?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.