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May 15, 2013

Kree, Candice bring soul to 'Idol' finale

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SOUTHEAST TEXAS —

 
Many can argue that Country singers do not represent America as much as a pop "Idol" does, but there's no denying Underwood's immense popularity on the Country and Top 40 charts. She has easily been one of the most successful "Idols" in the show's 12 seasons.
 
Glover's second song "I Am Beautiful" spoke to a different kind of audience. It was part R&B and vaguely reminiscent of Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson, both Season 3 contestants.
 
This is the the first girl vs. girl  season finale since Season 3 between 19-year-old Fantasia and 16-year-old Diana DeGarmo. Fantastia ended up winning the title that year and went on to have a decent amount of success on the charts and even segued into a short acting/memoir writing career via Lifetime Movie Channel fans.
 
The contestants finished out Wednesday's finale with their favorite song of the season.
 
Harrison, who changed from the basic black-and-white ensembles that she has worn all season to a vibrant red get-up, pulled out all the stops with her final song. The camera panned to her grandmother, Beverly Mire of Groves, and siblings on the front row who were all clapping, smiling and tearing up as their Southeast Texas girl with a giant heart sang onstage.
 
"You both have soul and you shouldn't be afraid to show it," Judge Randy Jackson said to Harrison after she finished, with fellow judge Mariah Carey chiming in: "It's going to be very difficult for America tonight."
 
Make sure to watch tonight for the two-hour "American Idol" finale at 7 p.m. on FOX.
 
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