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American Idol: Assessing the Top 3

Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison

It's down to the final three on Season 12 of American Idol, and the competition is really anyone's to win. The last ladies standing — Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller — all have distinct personalities, fashion sense and vocal styles, so it's difficult, if not impossible, to cite a clear frontrunner. Here's our breakdown of the Top 3, including an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, and our pick for what they should sing heading into the final weeks... read more

Who Will Win American Idol?

Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb

Now the competition on American Idol can really begin.

With everyone from Nigel Lythgoe to the judges acknowledging that the winner of American Idol's 12th season will be a girl, and with the field now narrowed to five ladies, it's time for viewers to start sitting up and paying attention. Here, we break down the field of competition — from least likely to win to most.

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American Idol: Did Lazaro Survive Another Week?

Janelle Arthur

Before American Idol's results show Thursday, the question on everyone's minds was whether Lazaro Arbos would survive another week or whether the show would have its first-ever all-female Top 5 heading into the final weeks.

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VIDEO: What Made American Idol's Burnell Taylor Cry During His Elimination?

Burnell Taylor

Burnell Taylor promised himself that he wasn't going to become emotional when he landed in the bottom two on American Idol last week, but he ended up shedding a few tears anyway. It wasn't because he was getting eliminated though. Rather, it was because he couldn't keep it together after seeing judge Mariah Carey and contestant Candice Glover's reactions.

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American Idol Elimination: Did the Judges Use Their Save?

Candice Glover

The rankings got shaken up on American Idol Thursday night, and tears were shed during the elimination. Did the judges use their save? Keep reading to find out.

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American Idol Rocks Out

Candice Glover and Burnell Taylor

American Idol turned the amps up to 11 Wednesday night, with the Top 7 finalists performing classic rock songs. And the best part of the evening? No ballads allowed! The night also included cute, funny videos of the contestants describing each other, which gave us these fun tidbits: Kree Harrison is the mom of the group, Burnell Taylor's laugh probably damages his vocal chords, and Angie Miller may hold the world record for speed-clapping when she's excited. The contestants seem to be coming together like one big happy family, but of course this is still a competition at heart, so let's get to the performances:

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American Idol: Why Lazaro's Got to Go

Lazaro Arbos

The reality show gods bestowed a gift upon American Idol this season, and his name was Lazaro Arbos. A chronic stutterer who grew up a bullied loner because of his speech pattern, but whose voice is smooth as butter when he sings, the handsome 21-year-old's backstory is the type of reality producers' dreams... read more

Nicki Minaj to Eliminated Idol Contestants: Be Gracious

Nicki Minaj, Devin Velez

Even after contestants are sent home from American Idol, they apparently still get feedback from judge Nicki Minaj.

Minaj went on a Twitter rant Friday after Devin Velez was eliminated Thursday night because the judges opted not to use their one save of the season on him. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. "Saves" are bullsh-- and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year," Minaj tweeted Friday.

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American Idol: Who Was Sent Home?

OneRepublic, Katherine McPhee

The girls continued their domination on another American Idol elimination night Thursday, and the judges actually had to debate at length for once about whether or not to use their save. Did someone get sent home? Keep reading to find out.

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American Idol: Which Contestant(s) Were Told to "Get Off the Stage"?

Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, Lazaro Arbos

Have the guys just given up on American Idol? After all, judge Nicki Minaj has said publicly that the guys have no shot at winning, and Randy Jackson has hinted as much during the shows. And a group number by the three remaining guys in the competition — Lazaro Arbos, Devin Velez and Burnell Taylor — to close the evening could only be described as an act of resignation.

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