Surprise sing-off brings unexpected drama to 'American Idol'

Surprise Sing-Off Brings Unexpected Drama to 'American Idol'

A surprise sing-off brought some unexpected drama to "American Idol's" Showcase Week during Wednesday night's episode.

The judges eliminated 16-year-old Maddie Walker after her performance of "Big Girls Don't Cry," saying they were unsure about her talents.

But after giving Maddie the ax, they called her back into the room for an unplanned sing-off against Rachel Hallack, who they were also on the fence about. Let the games begin!

"Baby, I got plans tonight you don't know nothing about," sang Maddie Walker on "American Idol."

"Billy Ray was a preacher's son, and when his daddy would visit, he'd come along," sang Rachel Hallack.

Now, sing-offs were pretty common last season. The judges weren't planning on having any this year, but they were so torn between Maddie and Rachel, they just had to break the rules.

But after listening to both hopefuls sing again, they chose...

"In this context, that Maddie, you're suited to the top 24," said Keith Urban.

Whoa, talk about a nail-biter! Harry Connick Jr. said they were both good but admitted, "In terms of ready for prime time, I'd have to give one percent edge to Maddie."

And the Internet almost couldn't handle the judges' sing-off curveball either. Hollywood Life called the impromptu face off "intense."

And a writer for The Hollywood Reporter dubbed it "brutal" but still a "fun surprise."

In any case, we say both of these lovely ladies need a spa day after enduring that stressful sing-off. In fact, I need one just talking about it.

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