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Candice Glover vs. Kree Harrison on 'American Idol' season 12 finale

The "American Idol" season 12 final two, from

The "American Idol" season 12 final two, from left, are Candice Glover and Kree Harrison. (May 9, 2013) (Credit: Fox)

Let's face it: "American Idol" is broken. Season 12, which ends with a two-part finale starting Wednesday night, was often painful to watch, and ratings fell more than 20 percent from last season, which already had ratings issues. Randy Jackson, the only original judge remaining, announced last week that he will leave, and rumors abound that all the other judges and some other execs will get the heave-ho.

It turns out the show's fan base didn't want to watch the passive-aggressive fights of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey or get manipulated into voting in the first female "Idol" in six years. Shocking!

The bigger surprise? All this season 12 dysfunction actually yielded two very strong finalists in Candice Glover and Kree Harrison. And, for the first time in years, it might actually be a tight race.

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Here's how they stack up:

CANDICE GLOVER

AGE

23

HOMETOWN

St. Helena Island, S.C.

PROS

Glover has a strong, expressive voice and an impressive range that allows her to smoothly incorporate jazzy runs without losing her R&B footing.

CONS

Sometimes, the runs get away from her, especially when she's not sure of the material. Also, is "Idol" nation really going to wildly vote for a jazz-leaning R&B singer?

BIG MOMENT

"Lovesong" during "Songs I Wish I Wrote Week." Her jazzy interpretation of The Cure classic ended with a stunning, controlled run.

FAVORITE SINGER

Jazmine Sullivan

FOR A VICTORY

She needs huge moments like last week's "Somewhere" on every song.

ODDS OF WINNING

4-1

 

KREE HARRISON

AGE 22

HOMETOWN Woodville, Texas

PROS Harrison pairs her powerful country voice with a laid-back, authentic style that's easy to like and will be popular whether she wins or not.

CONS In recent weeks, she looked like she was running out of steam.

BIG MOMENT "Stronger" from Top 20 Week. When she knocked Faith Hill's anthem out of the park, she set herself up as the front-runner.

FAVORITE SINGER Patsy Cline

FOR A VICTORY She has to focus and look like she wants to win.

ODDS OF WINNING Even

 

WHAT

"American Idol"

WHEN | WHERE

8 Wednesday night and Thursday night, Fox/5

BOTTOM LINE

Weak season ends with strong finalists.

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