American Idol determined the rest of the female members of the twelfth-season's Top 20 semifinalists during Wednesday night's Fox broadcast of Las Vegas Round eliminations. Five female contestants were sent home from American Idol's twelfth season and five advanced after 10 women took the stage and performed any song of their choice in any genre for judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson. After hearing from all the singers, the judges had to determine which ladies should be ousted from the competition, and if the vote ended in a 2-2 tie, music producer Jimmy Iovine would have the final say and serve as the tie-breaking vote.
The five female contestants who made it into the season's Top 10 girls and Top 20 semifinalists overall were Candice Glover, a 23-year-old from St. Helena Island, SC; Aubrey Cleland, a 19-year-old from West Linn, OR; Breanna Steer, an 18-year-old from Laplace, LA; Janelle Arthur, a 23-year-old from Oliver Springs, TN; and Zoanette Johnson, a 20-year-old from Tulsa, OK. The five women cut following the "sudden death round" in Las Vegas were Melinda Ademi, a 19-year-old from Yonkers, NY; Juliana Chahayed, a 15-year-old from Woodland Hills, CA; Jett Hermano, a 25-year-old from Seattle, WA; Cristabel Clack, a 29-year-old from San Antonio, TX; and Rachel Hale, a 21-year-old from Prescott, AR.
The Las Vegas Round will conclude tonight with 10 men performing and then the judges eliminating five hopefuls to determine the season's Top 10 guys and Top 20 semifinalists. Once those 20 semifinalists are all revealed, similar to last season, American Idol will air back-to-back live semifinals performance shows which will feature the first group of 10 semifinalists on Tuesday, March 5 and the second group of 10 semifinalists on Wednesday, March 6. A live results show announcing the season's finalists will then air on Thursday, March 7.
The five male and five female semifinalists who receive the most home viewer votes will automatically advance to Idol's twelfth-season finals. In a departure from last season, the judges will not have the opportunity to each select a "Wild Card" pick to join America's chosen Top 10. Once the finalists are determined, American Idol's first twelfth-season performance show will then air on Wednesday, March 13 and feature the finalists singing for home viewer votes. One finalist will then be eliminated the following night during the season's first live elimination results show.