American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.


'American Idol' Season 12 Top 10: Kree Harrison, Burnell Taylor lead with flawless victory performances

"American Idol": Kree Harrison is the final girl

"American Idol": Kree Harrison is the final girl to make it to the final 10. She sings Susan Tedeschi's "Evidence" as her victory song. (March 7, 2013) (Credit: Fox)

As expected, Charlie Askew's meltdown Wednesday sent him packing during Thursday's elimination round. There was really only one surprise cut, with Janelle Arthur making it to the Top 10 -- taking a spot that really should have gone to Aubrey Cleland, or even Breanna Steer.

But, remember, this is Arthur's third time auditioning for the show, and the whole "third time's a charm" notion (as Ryan Seacrest, of course, pointed out) makes for good TV.

Now that it's a boys vs. girls game no more, here's how I rank the Season 12 Top 10. See if you agree, and let us know in the comments.

PHOTOS: Finals Semifinals | Auditions | 'Idol' judges past and present | Winners and finalists | Where are they now?

1. Kree Harrison

2. Burnell Taylor

3. Curtis Finch, Jr.

4. Candice Glover

5. Lazaro Arbos

6. Angie Miller

7. Devin Velez

8. Amber Holcomb

9. Paul Jolley

10. Janelle Arthur

advertisement | advertise on newsday


advertisement | advertise on newsday