The competition heated up on “American Idol” Wednesday night as the sudden death rounds began in Las Vegas. Ten contestants took the stage, but only five made it through to the upcoming Hollywood sing-off.



Judge Mariah Carey told “Extra's" Terri Seymour, “I hated having to let certain people go. It’s so hard.”
 
Fellow panelist Randy Jackson added, “All the kids are so talented, you don’t want to let any of them go, really.”
 
Meanwhile, Keith Urban has come to terms with the eliminations, explaining, “No matter who we let go we're going to get boos, and it's okay.”
 
Kree Harrison, Amber Holcombe, Angela Miller, Adriana Latonio and Tenna Torres survived the cuts to sing another day, while Shubha Vedula, Jenny Beth Willis, Brandy Hotard, Kamaria Ousley and Isabelle got the boot.
 
Harrison, who sang Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” is emerging as a judge favorite. “Kree did really, really good, but she always does,” said Keith.
 
Mariah added, “She was lost in her own moment. I related to something about it.”
 
The female contestants were 10 of 40 “Idol” hopefuls competing in the Sin City challenge, which spans four episodes. By the time the show reaches Hollywood, only 20 will be left.

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