American Idol

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

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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