21 February 2013 8:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Wednesday, 10 women sang for five spots on American Idol's live shows. On Thursday, it was the remaining guys' turn. The judges have their own euphemisms when they don't like a performance - it's usually easy to read between the lines: If they compliment a singer on his shoes, he won't advance. On Thursday, Nicki Minaj actually told a contestant, "Kudos to you for being really freshly, nicely groomed." They might as well have had a stagehand pull him offstage with an oversized vaudeville hook. After several weeks of good behavior by the judges, Thursday's episode showed a spark »

- Steve Helling

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