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American Idol Recap: Top 9 Results

March 21, 2013 11:30 PM by Melissa Stavarski

Last night on American Idol, the Top 9 sang songs from the Lennon and McCartney songbook, and we’ll not soon enough find out whose performance failed to get America’s attention. First, American Idol kills a whole bunch of time with two top 9 group sings and performances by season 10′s Casey Abrams and season 11′s Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo. Who is the second season 12 finalist to be eliminated? 

Jimmy Iovine found last night’s performance show to be confusing, and he calls out the judges for inconsistency. “Critique is good, as long as it’s consistent,” he says. “What you can’t do is coddle people.” Mariah Carey!

Jimmy loves to hear Burnell Taylor sing; however, he finds it alarming that Burnell isn’t familiar with the Beatles. Apparently, Jimmy expects the American Idol hopefuls to do a lot of homework prior to their audition. Jimmy refers to Lazaro Arbos‘s “out of tune” and “out of rhythm” performance as the “bottom of the pile.” Paul Jolley has a really good voice, but he’s not ready for prime time.

Kree Harrison is great and deserves praise, says Jimmy, but he adds that she tends to over-sing. Jimmy wants Amber Holcomb in his top 3, saying, “She did a wonderful job last night. She nailed the meaning of that song.” Candice Glover is a natural and delivered the best performance of the night.

Jimmy thinks Angie Miller is too dramatic. She is great, though, so they need to take the time to fix this. Devin Velez has a great ear; however, he needs to learn how to apply it. Jimmy compliments Janelle Arthur‘s song choice and remarkable restraint, adding, “She’s this season’s dark horse.”

This week’s results are in no particular order. This means no rank.

The first two finalists to learn their fate, Paul Jolley and Devin Velez, are sent to the bottom three stools of shame.

Next, Ryan Seacrest asks Lazaro Arbos if the judges were too hard on him last night, and he says no. Lazaro adds, “I have to do songs that I love and that I want to sing and not change songs.” Ryan puts Lazaro’s mind at ease – he’s safe – shockingly!

Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, and Burnell Taylor are also safe. This means that Amber Holcomb joins Paul and Devin the bottom three.

Randy Jackson says he is really shocked that Amber is in the bottom three, adding, “That’s really wild.” When Ryan points out that Jimmy put Amber in his top three and America put Amber in their bottom three, Nick Minaj says, “I definitely think Amber should not be in the bottom three. That’s common sense.” Nicki goes on to remind Amber that she needs to “shine through that screen” every time she performs.

The contestant with the lowest number of votes is Paul Jolley. He sings Heart’s “Alone,” hoping the judges unanimously decide to save him, but that doesn’t happen. Paul’s time on American Idol has come to an end.

Did the right person go home this week? Were you surprised to see Amber in the bottom three? Sound off in the comments below!

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