American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.

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Devin Velez, Paul Jolley in 'American Idol' bottom three as Jessica Sanchez returns

"American Idol" - Devin Velez performs the Beatles'

"American Idol" - Devin Velez performs the Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road." Mariah says, "It would be a travesty if you did not go through." Keith and Nicki make contradictory comments about his emotional connection with the song. (March 20, 2013) (Credit: Fox)

"American Idol" is cutting to its top eight tonight; up first is Amber Holcomb -- they have her sit right down without telling her anything, it's silly.

Guys then do a horrid version of The Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life" -- choreography is cheesy and old-fashioned, voices are drowned out by the instruments.

A delighted Paul Jolley is then informed his hometown is having a day just for him; Ryan Seacrest hands him a framed copy of the proclamation, then immediately tells him unfortunately, he's also in the bottom three.

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It's like a sucker punch; the show is really doing anything to try and get people to watch and talk.

Ex-Idol finalist Casey Abrams and his bass up next, doing an alternative version of "I Saw Her Standing There." It's fun; he looks like he's a hippie traveling the Pacific Northwest in a VW van or something.

Women up next, singing The Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere." They're eons better then the guys; just sitting on stools, since they can actually sing; and in harmony, no less. 

Devin Velez up next to see if he's in the bottom three. And -- he's also in the bottom three.

Lazaro Arbos next, with his big fan base he'll be safe of course. And he is.

Last year's runner-up Jessica Sanchez then returns; she was my fave. Singing her new song "Tonight" with Ne-Yo; she's all grown up, has added some shimmying dance moves to her fantastic voice. Song isn't great, but the performance is fun to watch.

Tags: Devin Velez , Paul Jolley , Lazaro Arbos , Amber Holcomb , American Idol , finals , Nicki Minaj , Mariah Carey , Keith Urban , Randy Jackson

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