The twelfth season is the only season the judges' save was not used.
Placings of the recipients have ranged from eighth place to runner-up.
The new format change was revealed on March 11, 2009.
The first recipient of the Judges' Save was Matt Giraud and the last when the show was on Fox was Qaasim Middleton.
This was the second season where both of the final two contestants had been in the bottom three or two at least once before the finale, with the first being season three.
The eighth season saw numerous changes to the format of the show.
The season introduced Kara Dio Guardi as the fourth judge on the Idol panel.
Kris Allen, a native of Conway, Arkansas, was announced the winner of the competition on May 20, 2009, defeating runner-up Adam Lambert after nearly 100 million votes.
Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly stated that Idol would feature fewer "William Hung-like" contestants and "funny auditions," and would quickly move its focus to the potential singers during the earlier stages of the competition, thus moving the season at a faster pace.
Mike Darnell, president of Fox's alternative programming, said the contestants would be more emotional and that viewers would learn more about them and their pasts than they had in the previous season.
The eighth season of American Idol premiered on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, and concluded on May 20, 2009.