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Things got intense on American Idol this week, as the show started a new format of a sudden-death round, which has half of the contestants who perform eliminated by the end of the night.
On Wednesday, five girls out of the 10 who performed were sent home, and the judges don't necessarily enjoy the process.
“I hated it, I really did,” Mariah Carey told People. “Everybody was talented and different. There was some special people we had to get rid of.”
Things get even more complicated for the judges when they don’t agree on who to send home, something Keith Urban struggled with, as he had to break the bad news to a girl he wanted to stay.
“We all take turns saying 'yay' or 'nay' to the girls, and I actually had to say it to the girl I had voted for,” he said. “That's particularly hard.”
Still, although the process is hard for the judges, they know they have to do it. "I don't want to hurt people's feelings, but I guess that's what we're required to do," Nicki Minaj said.
Also, despite the strong talent from both girls and boys, Urban still thinks a girl will win the competition this year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Urban said, “I think at least from what we saw last night, it’s absolutely a girl’s year to win."
It’s the guys’ turn to prove themselves on Idol tonight, where 10 of them will sing and five will be sent home. If you missed last night’s show, you can catch our recap here.