The top six contestants of season 12, who performed Wednesday night, included five women and one man, Lazaro Arbos.
Arbos, who has a stutter that seems to disappear when he sings, started off strong in the competition. But in recent weeks, the ice cream scooper from Naples, Fla., flubbed his lyrics and struggled to get positive feedback from judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.
Meanwhile, the women – Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur – were doing well, setting up a unique situation for the show: a possible all-female top five.
Keep reading to find out what happened on elimination night ...
Lazaro is going home – and Idol has its first all-female top five! Here's what happened on Thursday night:
Following Candice's show-stopping performance of "Lovesong" and Lazaro's awkward, off-key performance of "Close to You" on Wednesday, the results almost seemed inevitable.
But host Ryan Seacrest played his usual game, splitting up the remaining six contestants into three groups of two. One group contained the top two contestants. Another group was the bottom two. And the third group was in between. But which was which?
Before we got answers, Kelly Clarkson took the stage to sing "People Like Us," a song from her new album. It was a perfect reminder of what it takes to take the American Idol crown, and how successful a winner can be. She received a lot of love from the judges panel, including a sweet hug from Mariah.
And then it was time for the results: Candice and Kree were grouped together; Janelle and Angie became another pair. And when Amber was grouped next to Arbos, she made every effort to hide her disappointment, but her face said it all.
As it turned out, Glover and Harrison were the top two, and Holcomb and Arbos were declared the bottom two.
Although Holcomb is clearly more polished than Arbos, she looked very nervous. It wouldn't be the first time that a talented singer went home prematurely. (Remember Tamyra Grey? LaToya London? Melinda Doolittle? It happens all the time!)
Not this time: Arbos was up for elimination, leaving him to sing for the judges' only save of the season.
But it was all for show. The judges, who gave the most scathing reviews of the season the night before, wouldn't save Arbos. He knew it. The judges knew it. The audience knew it. Sure enough, the judges thanked him for his time and sent him on his way, leaving Idol with its first all-female final five.
And it may be the first time in show history that any one of the top five could be a winner, which should make the next few weeks very interesting.
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