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02/21/2013 09:37 am ET | Updated Apr 23, 2013

'American Idol' Recap: Kree Harrison Proves She's The One To Beat

It's Vegas Week at "American Idol," which means the contestants finally get to shine in front of a live audience. For the "Idol" hopefuls, this is their last real shot to prove that they belong on the stage.
In the first round of Vegas Week, 10 of the 20 girls performed for the judges and audience, laying it all out on the floor. At the end of the night, five of the girls had to be cut -- so whose "Idol" journey ended last night and who made it through?

Jenny Beth Willis started off the night with an upbeat rendition of Trisha Yearwood's "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love." Keith didn't think it was the best song choice, but loved her effortless confidence. Nicki also had mixed reviews, telling Jenny that she loved her voice but didn't think she really came alive until the very end.

Tenna Torres took to the stage next, performing the emotional "Incompatible." Randy thought she hit all the right notes, declaring, "This is how you do it!" Mariah loved the emotion in her performance, telling her, "This is all you."

Adriana Latonio performed Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way" with confidence and ease, impressing all of the judges and even earning standing ovations from Keith and Randy. Keith summed it up best with a simple "it was so damn good."

Brandy Hotard chose the Travis Tritt classic "Anymore" for her performance, and while she sang it beautifully, the judges thought she lacked emotional connection. Nicki was confused as to why she was smiling through such a sad song, calling it a "pageant delivery."

Shubha Vedula's "Born This Way" was bold and unique, but might have had a bit too much going on for the judges' taste. After starting off by accompanying herself on the piano, she burst into a choreographed routine complete with metallic silver leggings. Nicki described it as a combination of "Christina Aguilera and Gangnam Style," but all of the judges were in agreement that Shubha has enormous potential.

Kamaria Ousley also failed to impress the judges with her twangy rendition of "Mr. Know It All." It wasn't her best performance and all Randy could really say was that "it wasn't good."

After a handful of mixed reviews and weak performances, Kree Harrison was exactly what the judges and audience needed to turn the night around. Kree sang "Up to the Mountain" with "effortless believability" and Nicki gave her the ultimate compliment when she told her, "I would be very afraid if I was any of these other girls tonight."

Angela Miller had a lot to live up to after her performance in Hollywood left all of the judges speechless. Luckily for Angela, her talent is undeniable and Jessie J's "Nobody's Perfect" was just the right song choice for her. Randy in particular loved her performance, telling her "I think America is witnessing the building of a superstar."

Isabelle's classic "God Bless The Child" impressed Nicki and Keith, but Randy and Mariah weren't convinced. While they loved her voice, the delivery was a bit old-fashioned for their taste.

Amber Holcomb finished off the night with a unique take on "My Funny Valentine" and this time, all of the judges were in agreement. Nicki gave her an A++ and Mariah told her, "I think you know how brilliant that performance was."

Once the performances were done, it was time for the judges to make some tough decisions and eliminate five of the 10 girls. Country singers Jenny Beth and Brandy were the first to receive the news and unfortunately, neither made the cut. Tenna was the first to make it through, and was quickly followed by Kree; both took their seats as the first members of Season 12's Top 10 girls. Nicki and Keith couldn't save Isabelle, and it was also the end of the road for Kamaria. The final decision came down to Shubha and Adriana, who had become incredibly close during the competition. Emotions were running high as the girls took to the stage to learn their fate, and while Keith fought for Shubha and her potential, the final spot went to Adriana.

"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

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