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Beverly's Miller safe, Velez out on 'Idol'

Posted by Emily Wright  March 28, 2013 09:02 PM

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After a bumpy performance of the Miracles' song "Shop Around" on Motown night (below), Beverly native Angie Miller made it through safely during the "American Idol" elimination show on Thursday night.

"She needs help right now to get back to being the performer that we all know and love," Jimmy Iovine, a record executive and adviser to the contestants, said of Miller's performance.

After performances by "American Idol" alum Colton Dixon, One Direction featuring former "Idol" finalist Katharine McPhee, and current judge Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest announced that in no specific order, the following contestants were safe:

1. Kree Harrison
2. Candice Glover
3. Janelle Arthur
4. Angie Miller
5. Amber Holcomb

In short, that's all of the girls. The bottom three consisted of all three remaining boys: Burnell Taylor, Lazaro Arbos, and Devin Velez.

In the opening minutes Iovine predicted that the boys would be in the bottom, but he thought that Arbos would be the one going home. Ultimately, it was Velez in the bottom spot.

In an effort to get the judges' only save of the season, Velez performed the Perry Como track "Impossible," which he sang earlier in the season. Last night he chose the Smokey Robinson track "Tracks of My Tears" (below).

Randy Jackson announced that the judges were not unanimous in their decision to keep Velez, despite the crowd chanting "save" in the background, and the contestant was sent home.

Are you surprised that Velez was in the bottom? What about the other two boys? Let us know in the comments or save your questions and thoughts for Globe critic Sarah Rodman's chat tomorrow morning at 10:30.

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