American Idol Judges Will Cut 5 Guys, 5 Girls Next Week -- Before They Get to Sing a Note!

Jena-AsciuttoHere’s hoping you didn’t get too attached to any of the 31 singers who survived this week’s round of brutal cuts on American Idol.

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At the start of Season 13’s all-new “Rush Week” (next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c on Fox), judges Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban will eliminate one-third of the remaining contestants — without giving any of ’em an additional opportunity to perform.

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Yep, you read that right: Only 10 women will sing on Tuesday, and only 10 men will sing on Wednesday. Five guys and five gals will be viciously sent to the guillotine — in what can only be described as a whopping reversal of the generally positive tone* that’s been a hallmark of incoming executive producer Per Blankens’ tenure thus far. (*Give or take three or four absurd cuts this week, and the lack of footage explaining how/when/why several audition standouts got booted.)

[Side note/PSA: If Jena Asciutto (pictured) is one of the five women cut by the judges, I’ll be leading a pack of brickbat-and-torch-wielding Idoloonies descending on Fox HQ.]

On next Thursday’s results telecast, the results of viewer votes will send five men and five women to the finals, with each judge selecting a Wild Card to complete the Season 13 Top 13. (Tuesday’s installment will also feature the results of a special viewer vote to determine whether Ben Briley or Neco Starr earns a place as this year’s 15th and final guy.)

“Rush Week” will also feature former judge Randy Jackson’s debut as in-house mentor, and a new stage designed by Baz Halpin (designer of Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me” and Pink’s “Funhouse” tours).

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