On Thursday (March 7) night, "American Idol" unveiled its Top 10, and, though there were few surprises, one thing seemed clear: If the girls are going to break a six-year losing streak, well, this is definitely the time to do it.
But, can a female singer actually end the streak of guys with guitars that have come to dominate the show? Or will "Idol's" 12th season once again be won by someone with a Y chromosome? We decided to ask the remaining 10 contestants ... and, though many are predicting this will be the girls' year, there are some who say "Not so fast."
"I love the girls, I have a best friend on the girls side, but [they're] nowhere near the boys competition," Top 10'er Burnell Taylor said. "I love them, really, but it's a boy's year ... again."
"Everybody here is amazing, but of course I want a girl to win — I want to win this year!" Amber Holcomb shot back. "But I feel there's a pretty good chance, everybody here is great, but I just think the girls have a good chance to win."
Ultimately, it will be up to America to decide who wins ... but with so much focus being put on the girls' losing streak — "Idol" producers have gone out of their way to make it a talking point this season, and judges Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have gone on record touting the girls' talents — are the remaining female singers feeling any pressure to live up to the hype?
"It's always nerve-wracking, it's up to America now, and I want to win them over; so each performance I'm going to keep trying to connect with them, and I hope it works out," early frontrunner Kree Harrison said. "Everybody is competition at this point; they say a guy's going to win, a girl's going to win, whatever ... there's always pressure, so, I don't know, we'll see what happens. It's up to America."
And that refrain was echoed by others competing against Harrison for the title. It seems that, after months of speculation, all the remaining 10 can do is sing their hearts out, and leave it up to "Idol" viewers to crown a champion.
"One thing I keep telling the other contestants and myself is that I'm not trying to out-sing anybody in the competition; my goal was not to win the show in the first place — I know it should have been, but it's really not — my goal is not fame and fortune," Devin Velez said. "When I sing, it's different, I want you to feel what I'm singing, and because of that, whether I win the show or not, I'm not going to stop singing; that's out of the question. So, I'm just going to continue to do me, and hope that America keeps liking it."
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