The field narrowed on "American Idol" Thursday night with the departure of the lowest-vote-earner Lazaro Arbos.
It marked the last opportunity for the judges to use their once-per-season save, but they didn't keep Lazaro in the competition. "You've been a treasure to the show, but we're not going to use the save," judge Randy Jackson said.
Arbos' exit means that for the first time since Jordin Sparks won in 2007, a woman will be the next "American Idol" winner. The five ladies remaining are this week's top two vote-getters Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, as well as Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur. It's the largest one-gender group of finalists in the show's history.
Thursday night also saw the return of two former "American Idol" winners. Scotty McCreery returned to sing "See You Tonight," and the first-ever "Idol" -- Kelly Clarkson -- performed "People Like Us," a single from her greatest hits album. Clarkson said she was very nervous performing in front of judge Mariah Carey, admitting if she had to audition in front of her, "I would've vomited on the stage!" "You're so nice. I'm so glad you're not mean," Clarkson added.