February 21st, 2013
12:59 PM ET
"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe hinted that the ladies were the ones to beat this season, but Wednesday's sudden death round weeded out that talent pool considerably.
The idea of a "sudden death" elimination is a new addition for the singing competition. Ten singers perform over the course of an episode, and by the end five are sent packing in an effort to narrow down the field of contestants to 20. Wednesday was ladies' night, and tonight's episode will feature 10 men singing their hearts out in hopes of making it to Hollywood.
In the end, Jenny Beth Willis, Kamaria Ousley, Brandy Hotard, Isabelle and Shubha Vedula didn't make the cut.
Kree Harrison's performance of "Up to the Mountain" was a true highlight, and her rendition kept her safe for another round of "Idol."
Joining Harrison were Angela Miller, who sang Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect," and Amber Holcomb, whose "My Funny Valentine" the judges panel ate up with spoons.
Adriana Latonio, the first "Idol" contestant from Alaska, earned her spot in the top five with her fantastic performance of "Ain't No Way," and Tenna Torres held her own with "Soulmate."
Mariah Carey admitted to People magazine that making such drastic cuts on Wednesday's show wasn't easy, but necessary.
"I hated it. I really did ... Everybody was talented and different," she said. "There were some special people we had to get rid of."
Added Nicki Minaj, "I don't want to hurt people's feelings, but I guess that's what we're supposed to do."
What did you think of "Idol's" first sudden death night?
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