Shante you stay

‘American Idol’ judges test the boundaries of their power after Ada Vox comes up short

“And I am telling you, I’m not going,” sang Ada Vox at the opening of what might have been her American Idol swan song.

But as it is sung, so it shall be.

Vox is objectively one of this season’s strongest and most captivating contestants, but America, or the cross-section of America that feels compelled to vote in American Idol, did not agree.

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When the votes were tallied, she didn’t have enough for an automatic advance to the top 10.

So she sang this cover of “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls, looking like the actual Queen:

Is it the best version of this song that ever was? Absolutely not. Does Vox have something valuable to bring to this otherwise sleepy show? Yes she does.

And the judges tested the boundaries of their enormously expensive paychecks.

Just look at this dramatic conference they had:

Said Katy Perry after removing her earrings:

“I don’t know everything. I’ve got a lot to learn. But I have worked my butt off for over 10 years in the spotlight and these gentlemen on my side (pointing to Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan) – all of us collectively together – how many years would that be, maybe 60? Collectively? I think we do know talent when we see it. I would say that we would like to make an executive decision right now that Ada – (points over to where the top 10 are seated).”

And while the judges were always meant to pick four more contestants to advance, Perry later added that they did indeed go off-book:

“When the Ada moment came, it wasn’t just one person’s idea. We all looked at each other and we saw the math … excuse us, we’re going to step in now. Were we allowed to do that? We found out we were. We messed up the timetable a bit, but you know what it was, we felt so strongly about it, we didn’t have to wait for that vote. Enough was enough and you put your foot down when it’s real. We stand for truth and for justice.”

In the comment section of the above video, Vox said:

“Hey, y’all!!! Firsrly, I wanted to start by saying that I love you all!!!
Secondly, I wanted to make note that I am aware of my much less than perfect vocal. Haha not only did my emotions run wild on me, but before the show, I had an allergic reaction to our lunch which made my tongue and throat swell up almost immediately. So that was fun… Lol
Thank you to everyone who did vote!!! If you want to see me continue on, make sure to vote next week! I promise it will be so much better!”