What'd you think of 'Idol's' sudden death round?
February 21st, 2013
12:59 PM ET

What'd you think of 'Idol's' sudden death round?

"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."

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yM0q0KWDh0&w=560&h=315%5D

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.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AbSIFRu1_g&w=560&h=315%5D

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."

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS7sDfQcppc?list=PL8x9Zx_hMDsbH9ywgfYjRRgaYv2rgd7SX&w=560&h=315%5D

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?

Filed under: American Idol 2013 • television

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  1. hello

    It has been on the forefront for years and doesn't need help in the talent department...its had it for years...

    February 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    Without any question, the ABSOLUTELY WORST season yet. Pushing an Amazon warrior on steroids to the forefront, regardless of the total lack of talent, will help American Idol become just the latest TV dinosaur..

    February 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dancers

    i would not shut down communctions so it is further deaf

    February 24, 2013 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. johnglenn20@verizon.net

    Good for them. I am all for the killing of thses contestants on this stupid show. Maybe after they are gone this show can die with them.

    February 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricia

      Absolutely the worst season I have seen..the worst episode...that crazy judge with the pink hair and stupid nasel baby voice is annoying. I feel sorry for the talented judges that have to work with her..this is the last season...and the winner? My god I cant even think of one of these people who are worthy of continuing. Sad but this show has failed to deliver. The other winners so far have done quite well. The show should be scrapped right now....

      February 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. American I-Dull

    is what it should be called. Horrible show, terrible judges, talentless hacks. There should be a sudden death episode for them ALL and be done with it for good.

    February 22, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Patricia

      I agree totally...pick one....drop the confetti and get out of Dodge...Pathetic is the best way to describe the continual fighting among the judges..I have seen two episodes this year...wont watch any more. That crazy woman who loves them all and wants to have their babies...how unprofessional can anyone be?...foolish....

      February 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Diane

    I really like the Sudden Death, but wish Keith wouldn't start the judging all the time. Take turns. By the time we get to Miriah, all the comments have been taken and she is struggling to find the right words. Does anyone else agree?

    February 22, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. LA

    is deaf also–ip address from m blogs recovered. thanks.

    February 22, 2013 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    Nicki Minaj is the best judge EVER! And why is there so much country in this years show!? Is it country Idol now or what? Country music to me is a small genre that the show shouldnt be emphasising. Like Rap or Metal or whatever, Idol should be about making a POPO star that everyone can enjoy. Not some country singin girly girl in cowboy boots Erk!

    February 22, 2013 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. JoiseyOffice


    February 22, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jackie

    I prefere the sudden death to putting the contestants in those rooms that you use to.

    February 22, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. However i will be stepping out for a bit boo!!!

    no jj...have nice evening!!!

    February 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. no aj


    February 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Megan

    I enjoyed this episode. I think the judges did a good job choosing who to send through. Kree was my favorite, but all five girls who made it are really talented. I’m looking forward to seeing how tonight’s episode goes. I actually won’t be home to see the episode live because I’ll be working my shift at DISH. The nice thing though is that since my DISH Hopper is all set up to tape it for me, I’ll be able to get caught up in no time. I don’t even have to set a timer for it since it records all the primetime shows on Fox every night automatically.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. you there?

    didn't even leave dancing with the stars yet...just got it with no interview....87kay with 25 bon...i said whoa....

    February 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fantastic

    its amazing what they can still do

    February 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sassysticks53

    I liked the sudden death rounds. We get to hear the top 40. I hadn't seen some of those girls since their auditions.

    February 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. up north

    why have a top 20 and then do a sudden death cut? Why not have a top 15 and get started.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Hands Down

    She's a tool–

    February 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. who's judging...

    i never did

    February 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Beth

    The judges got it RIGHT. Period.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Addiction

    1 hour and 1/2....went in when it arrived in caza...thanks

    February 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Lisette---Women who are losing weight...

    stop calling her fat....we've see your ass close up

    February 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Blue Ivy

    Fix...its not me
    Cc...its not me
    Vixen...its not me
    Ed...its not me
    Richard Fore...its not me
    Sadie...its not me
    Peace...its not me
    Fernace, moonshiner, stargazer and the gamut of punks....its not me
    Really who cares? You know these kids have been doing this awhile on their sisters computer just let it go.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  24. AddectTules

    goodness sakes...the man is always working....please....

    February 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Itchy97

    I'm itchy.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Fred

    It was gnarly.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |

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