Thursday’s finale is the sort of face-off “Idol” has only seen one other time in its more than 10-year run: a diva vs. diva showdown. Season 12 will either go to Kree Harrison, the country songbird, or Candice Glover, the R&B-soul diva with the voice.
For the first time since Jordin Sparks' 2007 win, a woman will finally take the crown. But it doesn't matter who wins.
But soon a trend was born and eventually critics passed off subsequent winners as just another "white guy with a guitar." That criticism heated up as the WGWG continued to prevail over their female runner-up who was widely considered a front-runner. Just ask Jessica Sanchez, Lauren Alania and
So how did this year's batch of girls break the cycle?
Where this group of girls succeeded, and surpassed their male peers, was displaying a greater knack for tapping into what's current, which is critical for a show that's typically panned as a glorified karaoke contest when compared with the breadth of competitors on rival "The Voice."
They also shifted their idea of the "diva."
And then there are the final two. Harrison, like
Their potential singles even packed a punch, something that's long been hit-or-miss (largely miss) on "Idol." Harrison's "All Cried Out," is a lush country ballad plucked right from radio and Glover's "I Am Beautiful," is the sort of big R&B-pop ballad that's inspirational message of self-love will give it legs.
Whatever success the Top 5 girls find after the curtain falls on this season is yet to be seen. But judging from the season, it's impossible for these girls not to make a splash. And big ones.