'American Idol': Andrew Garcia Safe Following Bizarre Results Twist

Following Andrew’s less-than-inspired take of the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” this past Tuesday, I think it’s safe to say that most of us were expecting him to go home the following night. Popular Entertainment Weekly columnist Michael Slezak of Andrew’s performance quipped, “Is it just me, or does Andrew often sound like he's holding a burp in his throat when he's extending a note?” Ouch! Fast-forward to Wednesday night, and audiences were in for the biggest shocker of the season: R&B crooner and front-runner contestant Michael Lynch, affectionately called “Big Mike” by fans, received the lowest number of votes and had to sing his heart out to stay in the competition and win the judge’s save. In an even bigger twist, following his exit performance, the judges decided to keep him in the competition. In other words, no contestants had to pack their bags this week.

Following all of this chaos, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one sitting on my couch staring at my T.V. in confusion. While Big Mike is clearly a likable guy, I imagined the judges would use their save deeper into the competition. Within seconds after the results show, the blogosphere was already abuzz with talk that American Idol producers had actually staged the whole results outcome to boost ratings.

Regardless of whether these controversial claims are valid or not, one thing’s for sure: Andrew, stop it with the roller-coaster performance consistency! This is getting ridiculous

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