'American Idol' starts its Las Vegas round with a twist -- 10 of the remaining 20 female contestants will sing Wednesday night, with five getting cut and five moving on to the semifinals. They can pick any song they want for this new sudden death round, at least.
High school junior Jenny Beth Willis up first, in a burlesque-like pink and black flouncy dress, singing "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love." It's hokey and not compelling for me, almost like she's speaking the words rather than singing. Don't think she's going to be moving on; does hold the last note well.
Keith Urban didn't think it was the "best song for you," but liked her "effortless performance" and "the range of the song" at the end. Nicki Minaj liked her voice, but didn't feel like she "came alive until the very end." Randy Jackson didn't think Willis was "ever in sync" with the band, with Mariah Carey nicely telling her to be "more dynamic."
Jamaica, Queens' Tenna Torres -- who went to Carey's camp as a kid -- is in a spangly dark short dress that seems dated, singing "Soulmate." She has a good voice but it doesn't touch me, like I'm watching a tape from the '70s.
Urban says that was a "beautiful" song, praises how she "mostly" was in control of the song. Minaj loves her tone, but wants her to "lose" her big hair that's "aging you." Jackson says "this is the star of the night," which is hilarious since she's only the second singer; calls it "95 percent perfect," except for a few missed notes. Carey thinks she "gave every bit of your emotion."
Adriana Latonio, who's from Alaska, wows from the get-go in a dramatic red gown; doing Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way," and she's great. Strong voice, big emotion, connects with the audience, and huge final note. Big appplause from the judges, too.
"Now the night has started!" Urban says, calling it "so damn good." Minaj says she "commands the stage," loves how she had "no fear." Jackson says she's "born to do this," calls her a pro and says he loved it. Latonio tells Carey "it went better than I thought it would," and then Carey gives her an A+.