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In the world's ultimate talent search, where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Mariah Carey
Randy Jackson
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Trish Kinane
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
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Round of 9: Beatles Anthology
March 20

Last week, the Idols took on the Idols. They gave it their all, but Curtis Finch Jr. had his Idol dreams cut first. Now nine remains as the race to the finale runs through Liverpool.

The Songs of Paul McCartney & John Lennon

First... Carly Rae Jepsen, arguably the most successful Canadian Idol product, is offering her Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony single for the season finale. Go to AmericanIdol.com for more.

MORE BUSINESS: The American Idol Tour Fan Save results are in.... and the 11th seat on the bus is going to.... AUBREY CLELAND.

First on the MAIN ticket... Kree Harrison, who was in the top 3 last week. Now, with the ghosts of her Beatles-fans parents watching over her, can she keep the momentum going? She will open up the show "With a Little Help from My Friends". 

THEY SAY: Keith loves that she's true to herself. Nicki adores her own "Kree-dom". Randy thought it was "the bomb". Mariah thought it was "fan-freaking-tastic".

WE SAY: Perfect song choice, and doesn't skip a beat from last week.

Next up, Burnell Taylor with his family in New Orleans. He's always been recorded somewhere somehow. Tonight, he'll be recorded live being "Let It Be". Will he let it be?

THEY SAY: Nicki says that he "caressed" the song. Randy called him "a great singer and a great artist". Mariah said it was "consistent". Keith is very recognizable in tone.

WE SAY: The piano helps. And it's nice and subdued. We see that he's a quiet storm of a performer. But can he ride it out with three more R&B singers on the way?

Amber Holcomb takes the #3 spot. She comes from a place that's... well, country. She loves animals and "She's Leaving Home". That's the song we've got from her today.

THEY SAY: Randy says it started slow and unsure. Mariah though it might have been a little detached. Keith said it was fresh. Nicki says her vocal is unmatched, but it seemed like she was forced into doing this song.

WE SAY: It's a beautiful song, really, but it was rather boring up until the end.

Lazaro Arbos was #4 last week, and his American Dream is continuing this week with "In My Life". A very underrated song. A very underrated talent. Will the two make string music together?

THEY SAY: Mariah commends Lazaro on his bravery, but thought it was too low. Keith brings up the second choice an Idol has, and that is the key choice. He made a bad one. Nicki's still wondering where her Lazaro is. Es muy nervioso. Randy out and out said it... worst performance ever.

WE SAY: First of all, the monitors in your ears make you look like a Cyberman. Anyway, Lazaro isn't really working the camera schmooze that he needs to. Yes, he can sing and yes he has a chance to win, but he needs to make sweet sweet love to the song. He's not doing that, again, until the end. You have to sing 90 seconds of song, dude.

Up the gut as soon as the panel finishes talking about how bad Lazaro was is Candice Glover. A small town with a small island. All of South Carolina is pulling for her, and it's working for top 3 last week. Tonight, she's taking a monster, "Come Together".

THEY SAY: The vocals are "crazy" and "out of this world", but she needs to watch what she says with her face.

WE SAY: It's a far cry from last week, but hey, she isn't boring, and her modulations are on full display. Again, no letting up this week from last.

Down the road is Palmersville's own Paul Jolley, who is going to go for the big note with "Eleanor Rigby".

THEY SAY: Nicki didn't like the performance, being safe and bland. Randy felt disconnected. Mariah thought it was a great song choice, and suggests that he sings it as he wrote it. Keith thought it had a certain "angst" to it.

WE SAY: As broken and disjointed as the set right about now. But he uses the cheat codes of belting out the money notes.

Next up, Angie Miller is going back to New England to take on a classic from OLD England. The oft-imitated, never duplicated "Yesterday".

THEY SAY: Randy thought it had firepower. Mariah thought it was simple. Keith felt like she was thinking about how to sing it, but she's in there the whole time. Nicki? "Unbelievably amazing." And then she said something that was edited for broadcast. But clearly, it was BS. What Nicki said, that is.

WE SAY: It started flat, but she corrects herself in verse #2. From then on, smooth sailing. Dynamic control is flawless, and she tells the story.

Devin Velez needs a comeback from last week's bottom 2 scare. Can the Chicago native mount a comeback with a trip down "The Long and Winding Road"? TRIVIA: The original final two in the Idol franchise, Will Young & Gareth Gates, had a hit with a duet of this song.

THEY SAY: Mariah is in awe, Keith says it's his favorite Beatles song, but needs a bit of connection. Nicki gives him a death stare, and Randy says yo. And someone says "Penis".

WE SAY: The nerves are starting to warm to the stage. A good vocal. Not a GREAT one, but he's getting there. He needs to come back to his element.

Janelle Arthur is batting clean-up tonight. She will add a country twinge reminiscent of small town Tennessee with "I Will".

THEY SAY: Keith says she knows who she is. Nicki is obsessed with her. Randy thought Janelle was back. Mariah says she is sweet and elegant.

WE SAY: Very subtle song, very obscure song. She needs to practice her breathing or else she's going to choke on that song. Still has a bit of issue there, but nothing a few weeks on the stage can't fix.

White smoke on stage. Does this mean another new judge?

Okay, who loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.

FREE AS A BIRD: Candice, Burnell, Kree, Janelle
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE: Amber, Paul, Devin

Someone's gonna get Yoko Ono'ed tomorrow.

To see extras from this episode, go to www.americanidol.com.