Live television requires a few surprises from time to time.
On Monday's first live episode of American Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan drew a step that even host, Ryan Seacrest, was blown away by.
Although performer and drag queen Ada Vox was not voted into the next round by viewers after Sunday's performance, she was given a chance to save herself. The judges, who were able to rescue four candidates who were not elected, had the choice of either saving Ada or sending them home – but they could not hold back immediately after Ada's appearance.
"I do not know everything," Perry told Ada. "But I think we know talent when we see it."
Without waiting for Seacrest's instructions, the three judges confused things, pointing out where the top 10 sat and saying that they belonged there – without any ifs and buts
"When the Ada moment came, It was not just the idea of a person, "Perry, 33, told reporters after the show. "We all looked at each other and we saw the math … Sorry, we're going to step in. Can we do that? We found out we were."
"We messed up the schedule a bit, but you know what it was, we felt so strong. We did not have to wait for this vote," Richie, 68, added.
"Enough was enough and you put down your foot when it's real," Perry said. "We stand for truth and for justice."
Ada, who has been nominated for Idol every season since the age of 16, said to PEOPLE, "I have a much bigger skin this time, I'm not afraid to hear the hatred And I can use it to build myself up. "
Ada also tells Adam Sanders when he is not in the air," Mr. Adam is the basis of all that I am, that's just who I am and what I do every day of my life, Mrs. Ada is somehow outward, is a personification of the Diva in Adam. "
Marcio Donaldson, Mara Justine, Jonny Brenns, and Garrett Jacobs were eliminated. Maddie Poppe, Cade Foehner, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Michael J. Woodard, Catie Turner, Ada Vox, Jurnee, Michelle Sussett and Dennis Lorenzo as Top 10.
American Idol is shown on Sundays and Mondays at 20 o'clock broadcast EST on ABC.