Tonight's Top 9 results show started off a little differently than others in the past. The audience was shown a clip of Jimmy Iovine telling an assistant that he had fired over 100 assistants in the past for a common mistake that the assistant was making at that time. In the end the assistant kept his job, but Jimmy used him as an example to prove that criticism was useful.
Then he launched into critique of last night's performance show, which he thought was "confusing." He accused the judges of "coddling" the contestants with their over complimentary comments. Let's go over what Jimmy thought of the performances: He started with Kree, who he says "deserves applause," and is "great," but "tends to over sing at times." For Burnell, Jimmy implied it was his responsibility as an artist to know who the Beatles are. Jimmy thought Lazaro's performance was the "worst of the night."
Jimmy held back neither praise nor censure of the contestants. He said Amber "nailed the meaning of that song," and "deserved to be in the Top 3." According to Jimmy, Candice is a "natural," and was the "best performer of the night." Paul Jolley got the tough love when Jimmy announced he was "not ready for prime time." Angie is "too dramatic," and Devin's performance was "middle of the pack." Jimmy had great praise for Janelle saying her "restraint was explosive." Great, now that we know what Jimmy thinks, let's see how that lined up with America.
The guys took the stage first to perform a group number of "Got To Get You Into My Life" by the Beatles. After the performance Ryan pulled Paul Jolley aside. Ryan revealed that Paul's hometown of Dresden, TN had named March 16 - Paul Jolley Day, then gave Paul a large framed proclamation. Paul took the good with the bad when Ryan announced that he was in the Bottom 3 for the night.
We paused for a performance from Season 10's Casey Abrams. Casey put his own jazzy spin on the Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There," after which Keith proclaimed that he was going to Hollywood. Haven't we already done that? The girls then took the stage performing another Beatles hit, "Here, There And Everywhere."
Ryan pulled Devin up on to the stage and announced that Devin was the second member of the Bottom 3 for the night. Devin joined Paul on the other side of the stage. Ryan brought up Lazaro, whose Top 9 performance god harsh critiques from the judges and Jimmy. Apparently America did not agree with the experts and Lazaro was proclaimed safe.
Next up we got the chance to see what powerhouse singer and Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez has been up for the past year. She's been singing, modeling and acting! Then she performed the new single, "Tonight" featuring Ne-Yo off her upcoming album, Me, You and the Music. The audience got to see something they never saw during last year's show: Jessica Sanchez dancing like a pro!
Back to the results! Ryan quickly announced that Kree, Candice, Angie, Janelle and Burnell were safe. It shocked the judges that Amber was put in the Bottom 3 with Devin and Paul. Ryan took little time to reveal that Amber and Devin were safe and Paul Jolley would be singing for the save. Paul gave a heartfelt performance of "Alone" by Heart, but in the end the judges chose not to use their save.