Competition couldn't be stiffer on "American Idol," as the three female finalists duke it out for the crown. During Wednesday's episode veteran judge Randy Jackson said the current season features the best top three finalists -- ever.
But if history serves us right, even the finalists -- not just the winner -- have a shot at becoming big stars. Take Jennifer Hudson -- she finished in seventh place in season three and went on to be a Grammy and Oscar winner.
Still, Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison are looking to snag that top slot in season 12. So, the pressure was on Wednesday when the gals took on not one or two -- but three songs -- one chosen by record executive Jimmy Iovine, another one hand-picked by the judges and the last by the show's producers. One thing was for sure -- tears were flowing and emotions were running high.
Harrison kicked things off with Pink's "Less Than Perfect." "No matter what song you sing, you have a strong signature sound," Keith Urban said. Randy Jackson, though, thought her performance lacked "pizzazz."
Glover hit the stage next for a rendition of U2's "One." The judges were impressed; Mariah Carey told Glover, "We really felt it. Please believe you will realize your dreams."
The emotional level was turned up a notch with Miller's version of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word." "I felt this was one of the best performances I've seen you do," Carey said.
Next it was on to the judges' picks, with Glover taking on Emeli Sande's "Next To Me." Carey, for one, enjoyed it, "I can't see anything but good things happening for you in your future."
Miller sang Pink's "Try" -- another hit with the judges, who thought she nailed the song.
And Harrison performed Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye," which was a major hit with the panel and even sparked some tears. Minaj told her, "I am so super proud of you. I'm so happy for you. This was one of your best performances to date. You felt every word."
"Idol" producers had a say in songs performed in the final round, with Miller taking on Sande's "Maybe." Jackson told her, "You sang your heart out. Tonight, you became a complete performer."
Harrison took a stab at The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two," which received mixed results from the judges. Still, Minaj said she's going to run out and buy Harrison's album when it hits stores.
Glover tackled "Somewhere" from the film, "West Side Story," resulting in a standing ovation. Tears flowed, and Minaj has no doubt that Glover will make it to the next round. "Four words -- see you next week," she said.
But before next week arrives, one of these talented gals will be sent home. Based on the vocal power and emotion displayed on Wednesday night, this won't be easy. The results will be announced Thursday starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Tell us: Who will be sent home?