March 28, 2013 09:30 PM by Melissa Stavarski
Last night on American Idol, the Top 8 met Smokey Robinson and sang songs from Motor City. After a whole lot of performance-heavy filler tonight – American Idol judge Keith Urban, season eleven’s Colton Dixon, and One Republic, featuring season five’s Katharine McPhee, all perform – we find out which contestant sings for the save. Will the judges use their one and only save this early in the competition?
Jimmy Iovine weighs in on last night’s performances. Jimmy says every other contestant could benefit from watching Candice Glover perform, adding, “She doesn’t try to be anything else but who she is.” So, Nicki Minaj doesn’t want Lazaro Arbos to listen to Jimmy’s advice and/or critiques. Jimmy says, that’s fine, but he needs to listen to somebody and/or the melody.
According to Jimmy, Janelle Arthur‘s cover of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” outshines anything else she has done, and it’ll totally be on her first album. Devin Velez is good, but he comes up short when compared to his competition. Jimmy says he’s impressed with Burnell Taylor‘s growth, adding, “He went inside the song, discovered it, and delivered it to all of us.”
On the other hand, instead of growing, Angie Miller is descending. Jimmy thinks Amber Holcomb‘s performance was great and predicts that she will not be in the bottom three this week. Jimmy compliments Kree Harrison‘s “unique” and “beautiful” top register, adding, “That top end will take her a long way.”
Jimmy agrees with Nicki’s critique of Kree and Janelle’s duet, saying, “Janelle looked like an amateur.” Jimmy also acknowledges that Lazaro, Devin, and Burnell’s performance was terrible. Jimmy snarks, “There’s a new boy band in town – Wrong Direction.” He predicts the guys will fall to the bottom three, with Lazaro going home.
This week’s results are in no particular order. This means no rank.
Ryan sends Kree Harrison, who receives a personal message from Aretha Franklin, Candice Glover, and Janelle Arthur to safety. No surprises yet. Angie Miller is not in jeopardy despite being off her game last night. Finally, Ryan reveals that Amber Holcomb is safe, which proves that this truly is the “girls rule and boys drool” season of American Idol.
This week’s bottom three vote getters are Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, and Lazaro Arbos. Mariah Carey is torn up, y’all, because she feels very attached to each of them in different ways.
The contestant with the lowest number of votes is Devin Velez. He sings Perry Como’s “It’s Impossible” for the judges. The audience, Twitter, and (seemingly) Mariah want to save Devin; however, Randy Jackson reveals that Devin must go home.
Did Devin deserve to go home this week? Should the judges have used their one and only save on him? Sound off in the comments below!
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