The guys had their turn to make it to the Top 40 last week, and last night it was time for the ladies to make compete in solo and group rounds to get closer to their goal of becoming Season 13’s “American Idol.” For the Latina contestants, there were mixed results as Victoria Acosta was sent home, while Tenna Torres made it past the solo rounds to survive the Hollywood group auditions.
On Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol,” Acosta – a Mexican-American mariachi singer from San Antonio, Texas – kicked off the a cappella solo auditions with a rendition of “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” She was immediately ushered into the group round by the judges but her reign as the competition’s mariachi queen ended when she was cut.
However, Torres – who first made headlines during the New York auditions when she made Mariah Carey cry – made it past the intial solo performance aspect of the evening onto to the group round and survived.
Show producers teamed Torres up with contestants Seretha Guinn, Kiara Kanier, and Jett Hermano to form the quartet “Urban Hue.” Their version of Estelle’s “American Boy” drew less than rave reviews from their celebrity judges – so much so, that when the quartet finished singing, Urban asked if they were finished, prompting Carey to respond “I hope so.” The evening ended with Guinn being sent home, while Torres was allowed to survive another day in the hit competition.
Now, all eyes will be on the girls Thursday night when they are given a final chance to get to the Top 20 – a particularly coveted spot given that “American Idol” hasn’t had a female winner since Jordin Sparks took the title in 2007.