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Semifinalist Round (1) - Girls Perform - Recap

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Sudden Death round on American Idol begins and first 10 of the girls from the Top 40 are singing. In the end, only 5 will advance to the Live Shows. They are in Las Vegas and the judges are going to decide who they are going to gamble on. Performing tonight are: Jenny Beth Willis, Teena Torres, Adriana Latonio, Brandy Hotard, Shubha Vedula, Kamaria Ousley, Kree Harrison, Angela Miller, Isabelle and Amber Holcomb. Randy says that they are going to chose their Top 10 with the girls and guys. Mariah says that it is going to be tough. Keith says that it has to happen. Nicki says that they don’t know what it is going to perform. Jimmy Iovine is the tiebreaker.

First up for the night is Jenny Beth Willis. She says that she is happy to be there. She sings and afterward, Keith says that was a great start of the show, but has mixed feelings. He says that the range was great. Nicki says that she liked the voice, but she didn’t come alive until the end. She says that she could have had so much more fun. Randy says that it felt a little jerky and never was in synch with the band. Mariah says that she felt that it was a nice performance, but says that she could be more dynamic with the verses. She liked how the richness of some of the song.

Next up is Teena Torres. She says that this is her last time here. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that was a beautiful song, but it is a little big for her. She liked the end and the control. Nicki says that she reminded her of why she loved her voice. She says that it reminds her of the R&B singers in the past and says that her performance was great. Randy says that this is the start of the night and says that it was full of control. Mariah says that this was all her and says that emotion was there. She says that for her, in the beginning she was naturally giving a natural and pure performance.

Up next is Adriana Latonio. She says that she is a small town girl. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that now the night has started and says that her emotions were great and had soul. He says that it was great. Nicki says that she commanded the stage the moment she came out and says that there was no fear in her. She congratulates her. Randy says that this girl was born to do it even for 17-years-old. He says that he loved it. Mariah says that it went really well and says that it could be a rough thing to do that song. She says that it was an A+ song.

Brandy Hotard is up next and she says that she knows that she can do this and the sass that needs to be in Idol. She sings and afterward, Keith says that the song was good to sing, but says that the emotional connection was inconsistent. He wishes that she would have been consistent with that. Nicki says that it was a pageant delivery of the song and says that she shouldn’t have smiled in the song. Randy says that there was not a connection with the song and says that she can sing, but he is confused. Mariah says that tonight is one thing and says that it didn’t bother her if she was smiling or not, but says that she has seen her more emotionally connected.

Next is Shubha Vedula. She says that she won $35,000 for her school one year and says that she can do this. She wants to show that she is unique. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that he thought that she crammed a lot in the song and says that it was a bit confusing, but she loved her voice in it. Nicki says that it was too much going on and says that she feels that it almost is comical and very confusing. Randy says that she really has potential, but there were too many runs. He says that he would have loved it if she would have stayed at the piano. Mariah says that she was great at the piano and it was less forced.

Up next is Kamaria Ousley. She says that this is her chance to step out and sing more and make a name for herself. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that wasn’t a great song for her tonight and says that there wasn’t an emotional connection. Nicki says that she is nicely styled, but the swag didn’t work on the song. Randy says that it never caught on and says that it was her worst performance. Mariah says that she may have been struggling to hear herself and says that her smile lights up the room. She says that the song choice was not good.

Kree Harrison is next and she says that Idol is a great platform for someone to tell their story. She comes out and sings. Afterward, she gets a standing ovation. Keith says that she is such a natural born singer and says that she embodied the soul of Country. Nicki says that she would be afraid of her if she was any of the girls. She says that there is a mystery in her and says that she makes love to the song. Randy says that here is another natural born singer and says that she connects to the lyric and says that it was beautiful. Mariah says that she is lost in the song when she sings and that is amazing.

Next up is Angela Miller. She says that she can’t believe that she is there living her dream. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that she has huge talent and says that if she keeps believing in that, she will be around for a while. Nicki says that she loves her, but nothing will compare with the original song though. However, it was still a great job. Randy says that she is one of her favorites. He says that he loves the interpretation of the song and says that she is the real deal. Mariah says that she feels like the potential is limitless. She says that her first song “You Set Me Free” was amazing and says that she needs to keep writing for sure.

Up next is Isabelle. She says that she wasn’t the pretty girl growing up and wants to be an encouragement to girls. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that was a great song to show those guys who didn’t ask her out that they were wrong. Nicki says that was great and says that it is amazing to see her. Randy says that it was a bit old fashioned and says that it was a little like a pageant-like. Mariah says that what she thinks that it was about her delivery what Randy is saying, but says that she loved it and says that it was really great.

Last up for the night before the cuts is Amber Holcomb. She says that she has changed since last year and says that she needs to bring it this year. She comes out and sings. Afterward, she gets a standing ovation. Keith says that was such a great technical performance and says that it was timeless. Nicki says that she is proud that she has come back and says that vocal was amazing, but she wonders if the inner shine is going to shine through to the voters. Randy says that she is going to have to believe in herself more and says that he loved how she took her time on the song and says that it was great. Mariah says that she knows how brilliant that was and says that it was incredible.

The results are in for who is going to go through and who is going home. Jenni comes up and Keith says that the level was too high after her and says that it is the end of the road for her. Brandy Hotard comes out and Nicki says that she has done so well in this. She says that it didn’t work for them. She goes home. Tina Torres comes out and Randy says that it has been tough to get to this decision. She is going to stay. Kree Harrison comes out and Mariah says that she never liked her. However, that is a joke and she is told that she is going through to the next round. Isabelle comes out and Keith says that tonight was a solid performance, but they have to say goodbye. Angela Miller comes out and Nicki says that she knows that she has been amazing. She tells her that she is through.

After the break, Tina Torres, Kree Harrison and Angela Miller are sitting pretty. Mariah says that those who had to go home will have to make it out in the world. Keith says that they have to make the choices. Next up is Kamaria Ousley. Randy says that today is hard and says that they are going to have to goodbye to her. Amber Holcolmb comes out for her result and Mariah says that to come to a unanimous decision, but she is put through to the next round. Adriana Latonio and Shubha Vedula are the last up with only one spot left. Keith says that both of them will be able to have something happen with them regardless. They decide to send through Adriana Latonio. This means that Teena Torres, Adriana Latonio, Kree Harrison, Angela Miller and Amber Holcomb are through to the next round! Tomorrow, the first part of the guys perform!

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