Tonight’s tension-filled episode of American Idol was similar to the dungeon levels you play at the end of each world on Super Mario Bros. You know, the ones that generally come right after you’ve got your Blue Yoshi and golden cape and have been flying through the trees gathering coins and regurgitating Koopas. At some point or another you’re going to be squashed by a angry cinderblock or  fall into the lava pit. Game Over. Unlike said game, however, there is a timer in the upper left corner that will cut you off at some point and it’s generally less than two hours. These two-hour episodes? Unnecessarily drawn-out.  But let’s just get to the good stuff already – the results:

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Pia Toscano, Karen Rodriguez, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Thia Megia, Paul McDonald, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin would go on for sure.

But that wasn’t all. With all the glory and suspense and promise of second chances that only American Idol can bring, three guys and three girls were given the opportunity to perform during the wild card round! (This isn’t excitement! This is stress! We’re surprised at how well-composed the contestants have kept themselves throughout this process, especially after tonight… Jeebus!) After the agonizing (due to being in the hot seat, not merely the quality of performance) minutes and change that followed between all of them, the decision was made and therefore out of our hands once again: Naima Adedapo, Stefano Langone and Ashthon Jones would continue along to the next round. And then there were 13.

And that’s it! Rest, recoup, and we’ll see you next week!