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The New 'American Idol' Judges are a Bunch of Softies

Season Premiere Screening Of Fox's (L-R) Singer Mariah Carey, musician Keith Urban, and singer Nicki Minaj onstage during a live Q&A during the season premiere screening of Fox's 'American Idol' at Royce Hall, UCLA on January 9, 2013 in Westwood, California. (Source: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images North America) more pics »
Nicki Minaj's tears.   
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Randy Jackson has been on American Idol since the beginning of time, so it's no surprise that he's fine with axing aspiring singers throughout the TV talent show. But for the newbies, it's rough.

Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey all talked about how traumatizing Wednesday's sudden-death round was. "I hated it. I really did," Mariah Carey said about cutting 5 of 10 of the female contestants. "Everybody was talented and different. There were some special people we had to get rid of."

This might be the only time Minaj and Ms. Carey agree all season. Minaj added (via People): "I don't want to hurt people's feelings, but I guess that's what we're required to do."

Urban talked all about having to let a contestant go, even though he'd been pulling for her the whole way. "I couldn't get enough votes," he said. "It was just simple as that. We all take turns saying 'yay' or 'nay' to the girls, and I actually had to say it to the girl I had voted for. That's particularly hard."

Don't expect things to get any easier today, when five of 10 men will have to leave Las Vegas.

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  • Nicki Minaj in Season Premiere Screening Of Fox&squot;s "American Idol" - Inside
  • Nicki Minaj in Season Premiere Screening Of Fox&squot;s "American Idol" - Inside
  • Nicki Minaj in Season Premiere Screening Of Fox&squot;s "American Idol" - Inside
  • Nicki Minaj in Season Premiere Screening Of Fox&squot;s "American Idol" - Inside
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