American Idol Season 12, Let’s Just Make It a Four-Way Tie Now!

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“American Idol” hopeful Angie Miller.

Awesome singers have made it into the finals to become the next American Idol. And it’s the girls who have dominated this season. They can really sing! All the top finalists for Fox TV’s American Idol Season 12 are incredible in a variety of music genres, with country, rock, soul, R&B, and just the sweetest vintage tunes taking center stage. Last week we heard the classics “Cry Me a River,” “MacArthur Park,” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale” introduced to a new generation. It doesn’t seem like there’s a sour note among the remaining four powerhouse-female finalists: Angie Miller, Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, and Amber Holcomb. I was just sorry that country-cutie Janelle Arthur is gone, because it could have easily been a five-way tie for the American Idol title.

They impressed the judges, but it’s up to America to vote for their favorites to keep them in the competition. Fans had a surprise during last week’s voting results show with no one being eliminated, because the judges never used their “save,” so there was an extra week added for the finalists to perform. The competition will have its two-night season finale Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, when the winner will be announced. It will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live downtown Los Angeles, with special performances that will turn the nights into a musical extravaganza, thanks to executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller’s flair for showmanship.

Of course, it’s not really over after the winner is crowned, because the top finalists will travel the country as part of the “American Idols Live 2012” concert tour this summer. In addition to Angie Miller, Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, and Janelle Arthur, the rest of the top ten are Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, Paul Jolley, and Curtis Finch Jr.

When all top ten were announced by the judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, Fox threw a party and had many of their network stars on hand to join in the festivities. Host Ryan Seacrest was there, but Minaj was a no-show.

Chatting with young hopeful Angie Miller, the 19-year-old songbird from Beverly, Massachusetts, told me, “This is a dream come true. I am so happy right at this moment, even though I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. I knew it would get harder each week of the competition. I just want to bring something new and get better each week. Music has inspired me in every way in my life, with the messages that are in songs. And I hope to do songs that have a great message to inspire other people.” Angie also noted, “For me, the best thing about being part of the American Idol experience is that I’m making amazing friends.” According to almost all the contestants, Kree Harrison, 22, from Nashville, Tennessee, is the friendliest and most helpful among them. Kree said she feels like they are all part of her family.

When I asked Candice Glover, 23, from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, to tell me the one word that describes the experience for her, she said, “Passion. You do it because you are passionate about singing.” Amber Holcomb, 18, from Houston, Texas, said the perfect word would be “artistic, because I’m learning how to be a real artist.”

A big treat for me was seeing the sensational artist and judge Mariah Carey at the party. She just launched her new fragrance Mariah Carey Dreams and reported, “The process of developing a fragrance is exhilarating and it takes me to another place within my creative self, which is why I enjoyed creating Mariah Carey Dreams. I humbly call myself a ‘perfumer in training’ because I love it so much, almost as much as I love making music. I have the utmost respect for the perfumers because they have the ability to combine a few simple scents into a classic and exciting fragrance.” So Mariah not only looked stunning at the American Idol party, but she smelled nice too.

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