This week “American Idol” moves to Las Vegas for the first ever Sudden Death round. For the next few weeks 10 singers will perform each night with half of them going home at the end of the night. First up were 10 of the girls. Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine was on hand to serve as a tiebreaker if needed.
For the sudden death round the singers may choose any song from any genre. Many of the first performances were of less familiar songs; unlike in the past when the singers took on diva songs.
Jenny Beth got the night started off that Keith said was a great way to start the show but his fellow judges were somewhat less enthusiastic about the performance saying that it felt jerky and needed to be more dynamic.
Randy called Teena's performance the start of the night with his fellow judges calling the performance controlled and connected emotionally.
Idol's first Alaskan performer Adriana earned a standing ovation for her performance. Keith proclaimed it the start of the night with Nicki gushing over Adriana's stage presence and Mariah loving Adrian's version of the song.
The judges questioned Brandy's emotional connection to her song calling it a pageant performance. Mariah said that she would like to see Brandy make an album of classics.
Shubha took on the Lady Gaga hit “Born This Way” starting her performance at the piano, but the judges were less than impressed calling her performance confusing with too much going on. Nicki called Shubha a mash up between Christina Aguilera and PSY.
Randy said Kamaria's performance was her worst performance and the pitch was all over the place. His fellow judges agreed questioning the emotional connection to the song; but loved her style.
Keith called Kree a natural born singer who was beautiful to watch. His fellow judges agreed and Mariah added that Kree got lost in the song and it was a beautiful thing to watch.
Noting that nothing could compare to Angele's original song performance during Hollywood week, the judges said that she could do a lot with a little, had limitless potential, and was a budding superstar.
The judges called Isabell's performance of “God Bless the Child” old fashioned and pageant like.
Amber topped off the night with her performance of “My Funny Valentine” that the judge’s praised as timeless and effortless with amazing vocal control. Mariah couldn't wait to see Amber in the studio and Keith said Amber knocked it out of the park.
Coming out from behind the judge's table to sit in stools on the stage, the judges rendered the decisions as to whom would stay and whom would go home.
Jenny Beth, Brandy, Isabelle, Kamaria, and Shubha all received nos from the judges but Teena, Kree, Angela, Amber, and Adriana will be moving on to the next round and sing for fan votes.