It's Nicki's turn to deliver the news to Brandy Hotard. She talks about her in the past tense the minute Brandy presents herself in front of them, so it's no surprise when she's cut loose. Nicki also tells her to keep being a psychiatric nurse because that's great work. I'm sure that's why Brandy is here in a singing competition.
Randy tells Tenna Torres about how emotional and hard this is for everyone, including them, but it's all just a setup to psych her out so she's more excited when he tells her she's staying in the competition. Tenna hugs them all and takes the first empty stool across the stage from them. Kree's turn, and Mariah performs a lame, quarter-baked about how she never liked her, but the other judges overruled her so she's in. At least Kree is smiling after that, even if nobody in the audience is laughing.
We're back around to Keith as Isabelle comes out. He says they were split on her and although she gave a strong performance, she's done. When Angela shows up, Nicki asks her if she thinks she's going through. She's smart enough not to say yes and Nicki agrees that one should never predict things like this, but after tonight, Angela's fate is up to the voters. Which means she's still in it. So we go to ads with the first three stools occupied by Teena, Kree and Angela.
That moved fast after a slow-moving night, so Ryan kills a couple of minutes chatting with Mariah and Keith. No point in trying to build any suspense for Kamaria, but Randy tries anyway. She makes some excuses for herself before saying, "No excuses," which is kind of a mixed message. Randy reminds her that it's tough for the judges and "breaks" the "news" that she didn't make it. She's all smiles and hugs on her way out. You know what they say: "No surprises."
Amber comes out next and Mariah is giving the news, once again doing a poor job of trying to psych her out. Obviously Amber is going on. So she goes and hugs Angela, Tenna and Kree, leaving just one stool available.
Ryan is now backstage with Adriana and Shubha, one of whom is by necessity doomed... and I think we all know which of them it is. They get all emotional, because they've become best friends on the show, which explains why the producers left them for last rather than having the last slot come down to two singers who were actually not that far from each other on the quality spectrum. Ryan lets Shubha talk longer, because like everyone else he knows how this is going to go. After clips from their performances, they're both standing before the judges on the stage. Keith reminds them that millions of people have now seen them (though he forgets to mention that they never will again) and drops a spoiler telling Shuba that she was fought for at the judges' table. He also says Adriana was fantastic. So the announcement that Shubha's done and Adriana stays is not exactly one of those "shocking moments" this show is always flogging. To conclude, of the ten singers who performed tonight, it'll be Tenna, Angela, Kree, Amber and Adriana who will get to sing for votes, which should happen sometime in early June, the way things are going.