Watch S12 : Episode 11

First Group of 10 Female Singers Perform

Season 12, Episode 11 -  Air Date: 2/20/2013
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‘American Idol‘ Recap: 10 Ladies Become 5

The pressures of Hollywood Week are finally behind us on American Idol, when the performers sang for their lives and every performance could‘ve been their last. Now, it‘s time for the intense pressure of the first-ever sudden death Las Vegas round, where the performers will sing for their lives and their ONLY performance could be their last. By the end of next week, the top 40 will become the top 20.The singers will once again be split by gender, with 10 girls and 10 boys performing each week. And at the end of each night, the judges will cut the groups in half, sending five packing. It‘s the most important performance so far, with the only options being go home or start preparing for the next "most important performance so far." The format of these Las Vegas performances has the obvious flaw of the seventh best one week potentially being the third best the next, meaning we end up with a top 10 that might not actually be THE top 10. But that just adds to the do-or-die mentality.
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