Bad news first, Desai was stuck in the bottom three for a third straight week despite a fine Tuesday-night performance that had judge Paula Abdul praising his voice as "really magical." But on the good-news front, Desai was at least spared the indignity of a third straight week in the bottom two.
After the bottom-three contestants were announced, host Ryan Seacrest sent Desai back to safety. That left Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds sweating it out as this week's luckless duo, and Giraud was declared the lowest vote-getter.
But in a wrinkle new to "American Idol" this year, the judges exercised their "Judge's Save" and kept Giraud in the competition. So all seven competitors advance to next week's round -- the dreaded "Disco Night."