American Idol: Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur Speak

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The winner of the 12th season of American Idol will be crowned tonight (May 16), and it's anybody's guess as to whether Candice Glover or Kree Harrison will take the grand prize.

For Kree, it's been a matter of not letting herself be overwhelmed by the process. “Honestly, I’ve just been trying to pace myself mentally and emotionally because this is all so fast," she said at the performance show last night (May 15). "It’s literally boom, boom, boom. I’ve kind of taken the process one step at time. I just really wanted to be myself.”

But even one of Kree's fellow Idol finalists, country singer Janelle Arthur, is hard-pressed to pick a winner. “I’m so proud of these girls," said Janelle. "I can’t say who’s gonna take it because they’ve both worked so hard. It really can’t go wrong.”

Janelle, who plans to relocate to Nashville and pursue her country career, will also be performing on tonight's results show with The Band Perry. “I’m not sure I’m allowed to tell you what I’m gonna be singin’, but I’m really excited to be performing," she hinted. "It’s gonna be one of the best moments of my life, so far.” Country judge Keith Urban will also perform and debut his new single, "A Little Bit of Everything."

Even for runners-up on Idol, there's instant fame back in your hometown, as Janelle points out. “People are screaming my name and wanting to get pictures with me and it’s really weird," she said. "This is what I’ve been dreaming of my entire life—not the entire fame part, just the whole part of reaching people and getting out and getting gratification of knowing you’re in the spotlight enough to make a difference."

To get you ready for tonight's big reveal, be sure to check out Country Weekly's Top 5 moments from Season 12 of American Idol (including one from Janelle).


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