‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Kree Harrison vs. Candice Glover

After Wednesday’s episode of American Idol, the FOX show is one step closer to crowning its Season 12 winner. 

Kree Harrison and Candice Glover went to head to head three separate times in hopes of bringing home the win.

Both women gave great performances. First, they took a turn at the song selected by the show’s creator, Simon Fuller. Next, they belted out their perspective singles (should they win, that is) and then chose their final song from their favorite past performance.

Kree opened up with Sarah McLaughlin’s “Angel” and nailed it. Her quiet confidence and soft but powerful delivery made me forget all about the sick looking animals the tune usually conjures up.

Candice was given Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” for her first challenge and her version was almost as good as the original. The crowd went wild when she finished her jazzy take on the big ballad — and judges said she won the first round. Randy didn’t care for either of the song choices and host Ryan Seacrest joked that he was just causing trouble because he’s leaving the show.

Next, Kree performed her could be single, “All Cried Out.” It may be one of the strongest singles the show has ever produced. It suited her smooth, soulful voice perfectly and the subject matter sounded like she wrote it herself. By the end of the powerful number, her eyes are filling with tears. Something tells me the song will be bowing up radios this summer — win or lose.

Candice’s victory song, “I Am Beautiful,” is almost as impressive as Kree’s in its delivery, but the song itself pales in comparison. In truth, I thought the song came off as corny but nonetheless, the audience ate it up. The judges said Candice killed the second round as well, giving her and edge before the third round began.

For her final turn on the Idol stage, Kree chose to revive her stellar rendition of Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain.” The judges loved her choice and she sung it as well as she did the first time. The Texas-born beauty already looks like a star onstage and it’s clear that no matter the outcome of the competition, this girl is going places. 

Candice’s pick for favorite song of the season was Ben E. King’s, “I (Who Have Nothing).” She changed her version a bit from her first attempt and it’s even better this time around. From the moment she started singing the opening line — this time a capella — it’s clear she’s in control. She was also looking confident in the first short dress she has worn all season, showing off some sexy legs for her final bow.

By the end of the night, the judges couldn’t call a clear winner. With the strength of both singers, voters are faced with one of the toughest choices in Idol history. After a tumultuous season of seriously strong contenders, one thing is certain: the right two women made it to the finals.