9:00 p.m. ET Which two people got the fewest votes? And what is this new rule all about? These questions, and possibly more, may be answered by Ryan Seacrest and "American Idol" company over the next hour of Wednesday (March 11) night.
9:01 p.m. Nearly 33 million votes were cast after Tuesday's show, the most "Idol" has ever had at this point in the show.
9:02 p.m. After last night's bizarre guest announcer, Ryan is back to introducing the the judges.
9:03 p.m. We aren't wasting any time building suspense about that new twist on the show's rules. Using Tamyra Gray, Michael Johns, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry as examples of contestants who may have been eliminated too early, Ryan presents the concept of The Judge's Save. The judges can eliminate one contestant from elimination during the course of the season. The Save can only be used once and it has to be unanimous. When the Save is used, it becomes a non-elimination episode and the following week becomes a double-elimination episode.
[Full recap after the break!]