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It's been an unusual season of American Idol this 12th time around, hasn't it? On a show that typically favors male winners, all of the male contestants were long gone before a female was ever voted out. And the female contestants this year have all been strong, distinct and compelling competitors. Here's a look back at our five favorite performances from the Top 10. And, surprise, none of them are from the guys.
The youngster was often underappreciated during her time on the show, but she was definitely no slouch in the vocal department. Check out this sophisticated, elegant take on a classic Barbra Streisand song.
She fashioned herself as more of a singer/songwriter type, but Angie's stirring take on Julie London's "Cry Me a River" proved her versatility and showcased a little flair for the dramatic.
Sometimes risks pay off, and Janelle took a big one by re-imagining this classic Supremes hit as a heartbroken country ballad. The results were hypnotic and magical.
Patty Griffin's aching, soulful tale of overcoming struggle proved to be a perfect match for Kree in her final performance of the last night she would have to compete. That's how you finish strong. In just about any other season, that would have clinched her the victory.
You could probably pick five different Candice performances for this spot, but her knockout rendition of The Cure's "Lovesong" (which she wished she had written) was the holy cow moment when everyone figured out she would be the contestant to beat. It's an incredible blend of her technical prowess with raw emotion, a rare thing on Idol.