‘American Idol': Will the Judges Use Their Save?

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The American Idol judges have until Top 5 week to enact their one and only save. Thus far during Season 12 they’ve opted not to keep any of the booted boys in the competition, and the five remaining ladies (and lone dude) have a hunch it’s because they’ve been waiting to save a girl, should she land on the bottom.

The judges haven’t used it yet because “I think they want to save a girl,” finalist Angie Miller tells Hollywood.com the day before the Top 6 performance show. You never know how America’s votes will shake out, and “it could be totally messed up! Kree [Harrison] could win this whole thing — she’s amazing — but you never know with America. They could completely screw it up and she could get voted off. But with the save, people can wake up and realize ‘what the heck am I doing,’ like with Jessica Sanchez last year.”

Candice Glover has a feeling that the judges are going to pull the trigger this week, though. “From watching seasons past, it’s about that time,” she says.

Lazaro Arbos knows specifically who they’ve been waiting for: His finalist BFF Amber Holcomb. “They love her so much and they know she hasn’t been getting a lot of recognition so they want to make sure that she gets farther because she does deserve it,” he says. “She sounds like Whitney [Houston]! She’s such an amazing vocalist, and my best friend. So I hope they do save her if that were the case, but I think that she’ll be fine because I think people have recognized her and have started to vote for her. So hopefully they don’t have to save her.”

Janelle Arthur, who landed in the bottom 2 last week alongside Burnell Taylor, says although she thinks the judges have been waiting to save a girl, they may not even have to before they can’t exercise the option any longer. “You never know,” she says. “Even if I was eliminated and they didn’t save me, I’m proud to have made it to this point and I’m stoked. It makes me feel so privileged to be in the midst of such talented girls because it’s like I’m deserving to be with them, and that makes me feel great.”

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Before joining the Hollywood.com team as LA News Director, Jean was a contributing editor at Zap2it.com, an associate editor at AOL TV/Huffington Post TV, and wrote about everything from vampires to 'Harry Potter' for MTV News, MTV.com's Hollywood Crush and Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. She would like to think she has found the ideal balance in her consumption of both highbrow and lowbrow entertainment, but the sheer volume of 'House Hunters' and 'Parking Wars' episodes on her DVR would reveal otherwise.

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