American Idol Names Its Top 3

American Idol Elimination Results: Top 3 Announced
From left: Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb
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05/02/2013 AT 09:05 PM EDT

After performing two songs each – a pop hit and a standard – on Wednesday night, American Idol's fabulous final four women faced elimination on Thursday.

Last week, Amber Holcomb and frontrunner Candice Glover were in the bottom two. But in a twist, no one was sent home. This week, the singer with the lowest number of votes wasn't so lucky.

And the stakes are high. Not only will the top three perform next week and stay in the running for the finale, but they will also get a hero's welcome when they go on the emotional hometown visits.

Keep reading to find out who was sent home – and who made season 12's top three ...

After performances by Idol winner David Cook, Will.I.Am and this week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr., the results were announced.

Amber was sent home.

The top three are Angie, Candice and Kree!

Amber had tears in her eyes but managed to sing her exit song, Whitney Houston's "I Believe In You And Me" – while her fellow contestants and Mariah Carey cried openly.
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