In the true spirit of the Beatles theme during the results show on FOX’s “American Idol” Thursday night, Lazaro Arbos was given another chance. More or less akin to John Lennon’s anti-war protest song “Give Peace A Chance.” Despite Lazaro’s shaky performance on Wednesday night with “In My Life” he was deemed safe. To make the night more memorable, he was the first sent to Idol’s cushy “safe” couch. Not so lucky were the bottom three finalists banished to steel-like stools center stage. Subscribers of Bright House Networks in Tampa Bay watched the one-hour results program on WTVT, channel 14.
Beginning the show Jimmy Iovine gave his brutally honest critiques on each of the Top 9’s performances. He was not at all kind to Lazaro with his statement "This was easily the worst performance of the night." Later on Ryan Seacrest asked Lazaro a question about his performance. He emphatically said he needs to sing songs he loves, instead of ones he can’t relate. Later the four remaining guys performed the Beatles hit “Got to Get You into My Life” followed by the five girls with “Here, There and Everywhere.”
Other performances from past Idol alums included Casey Abrams (season 10) with a jazzy Beatles rendition of “I Saw Her Standing There” that was heartfelt. Season 11’s runner-up Jessica Sanchez had a short film detailing what she’s done post-Idol. Where was the one for winner Phillip Phillips last week? It was the debut of Sanchez's new single “Tonight” featuring Ne-Yo. In the end it was Paul Jolley, Devin Velez (again), and Amber Holcomb as the bottom three. Naturally Amber and Devin were safe. Paul sang an off-key version of “Alone” for the save. Randy Jackson immediately stated they were not unanimous and would not use the save.