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Devin Velez is safe on 'Idol'

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Devin Velez's long and winding road will continue on "American Idol" after the Chicago teenager gleaned enough viewer votes Thursday to keep him around for at least another week.

The remaining Top 9 contestants sang Beatles songs during the performance round Wednesday. Devin, 18, sang "A Long and Winding Road."

"It was the middle of the pack," "Idol" mentor Jimmy Iovine said Thursday about Devin's performance. "It wasn't amazing. But it was very, very promising. Devin has a great ear. That's a big asset for a singer but he has to learn how to consistenly apply it."

Judge Keith Urban said he didn't feel enough of an emotional connection coming from Devin, but the rest of the judges praised the Starbucks barista.

Viewers must have liked what they heard, too, but Devin still wound up in the bottom three on Thursday's results show. He also finished in the bottom last week, so he has some work to do if he's going to stick around.

"Idol" finalist Paul Jolley got the boot Thursday.

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If they had an award for “most improved” Devin would most assuredly win it for his solo performance that night. I am proud of him and I’ll continue to support him. I miss a lot of my shows like Idol, when I’m working late at my job at DISH. Now I just use my DISH Hopper DVR to automatically skip the commercials so I save enough time when I get home late the next evening and then I finish the show sooner, before I have to go to bed.

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