"American Idol" ended Thursday night's elimination show with a "twist."
To attentive viewers of the show's schedule, however, the surprise wasn't much of one.
After learning that Kree Harrison and Beverly's Angie Miller were the top two vote-getters and Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb the bottom two, host Ryan Seacrest announced that no one was going home.
The reasoning? Because the judges had the option of using a "save" up until last week but elected not to use it, the show had an extra week built into the schedule. So the producers essentially decided to enact a save of their own and sent no one home.
All four contestants will return next week to compete on the theme of "Now and Then." The 38 million votes that were cast Wednesday will be added to next week's votes to determine who will go home.
Want to discuss last night's show? Globe critic Sarah Rodman chats at 10:30 a.m. with readers about the turn of events:
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