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'American Idol' judge Jennifer Lopez: We had to save Casey Abrams

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/30/2011 

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez has a simple explanation for why she and her fellow Idol judges felt they made the right decision when they opted to use their one-time "The Judges' Save" to prevent Casey Abrams' elimination on last week's results show.

"[Casey] is one of our most dynamic performers. He's so interesting. He's so talented," Lopez told American Idol host Ryan Seacrest during his On-Air with Ryan Seacrest radio show on Wednesday. "I know it's crazy, but we [had] to do it!"

While Lopez admitted she has had second thoughts many of the decisions she has made during her first season on Idol, the rookie judge said she had no such concerns about saving the 20-year-old Idyllwild, CA resident.

"We knew that it was kind of a radical decision because it was so early in the season, but to be quite honest, there's been decisions that we have made or I've thought about and I've made and I've pushed for that I thought, 'Oh God, did we do the right thing throughout this process?'" Lopez said.

"That was one decision I have not lost one ounce of sleep over. I just knew it was the right thing. [Randy Jackson] knew it was the right thing. [Steven Tyler] knew it was the right thing."

Lopez also explained she feels comfortable that "The Judges' Save" is out of the way, because Idol's capable home viewers will now be solely responsible for the rest of the competition's results.

"Now it's up to America. I really feel we put 11 amazing contestants in front of them, and now it's just [about] who their favorite is, who's going to be their American Idol. I feel good about putting that in their hands," Lopez added.

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