American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 11 Revealed Season 9, Episode 23

American Idol thinned the final field, but not before padding Wednesday night's results show with a trio of performances and some maddening banter. So which contestant was sent packing? Let's get to it.

First, a sad announcement: The "judges' save" is back this season. Yes, I feel your pain. Basically, between now and when the top 5 is revealed, the judges can, by unanimous decision only, save the person America has decided to send home. Each week, the judges will give the lowest vote-getter a final performance on which they make their final decision. (Translation: They sit only half-listening. If it's someone they really care about keeping, they will. Otherwise, they won't until the competition gets a lot tighter.)

Ryan Seacrest did a masterful job of killing time with the help of Season 9's first dreadful Ford music video and a behind-the-scenes package promoting the Ford Fiesta.Oy. Aside from the result, the night was also filled with these performances:

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