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Reporter's Notebook: How five girls won 'American Idol'

Reporter's Notebook: How five girls won 'American Idol'

For those following “American Idol,” most of the focus has shifted toward incendiary headlines on sagging ratings, bitter rivalries and the likely mass exodus of the judges panel.

It’s a shame, really, considering the aging competition has delivered one of its best seasons – as far as talent is concerned.

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.