“American Idol” contestant Ada Vox may not have been voted into the Top 10 by viewers, but the judges pulled a shock move and made it so that she was back in the running during Monday’s show.
The panel — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan — were adamant about saving Vox after the public sent her home.
“I don’t know everything,” Perry told the hopeful after she belted out Jennifer Holliday’s “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”, “but I think we do know talent when we see it.”
The “California Gurls” hitmaker, 33, then told reporters after the much-talked-about show, “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.”
Richie, 68, added, according to People: “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.”
Perry continued, “Enough was enough and you put your foot down when it’s real. We stand for truth and for justice.”
The drag queen, who also goes by the name Adam Sanders, has auditioned for “American Idol” every year since the age of 16.
Vox previously told People, “I have a much bigger skin this time around. I’m not afraid to hear the hate. It can bounce off of me and I can use it to build myself up.”
Vox will be joined by fellow Top 10 finalists Maddie Poppe, Cade Foehner, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Michael J. Woodard, Catie Turner, Jurnee, Michelle Sussett and Dennis Lorenzo to battle it out to be crowned the winner of this year’s “Idol”.