Idology: Why Won't Idol Let Its Finalists Be Great? Plus: Should All Four Judges Get the Boot?

Season 12 of American Idol has come down to a battle between Candice Glover and Kree Harrison — the exact two women that my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I identified as our early favorites way back in March. So how come we’re in full-throttle diatribe mode on the latest installment of Idology?

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Mainly it’s because Candice and Kree — along with their worthy opponent Angie Miller — were denied a “Contestant’s Choice” round during Top 3 Week, and that meant Idol viewers never had the chance to see these talented women performing at their very best. (I even go so far as to suggest a “Create Your Own Round” project with the help of our friends at YouTube.)

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Melinda and I also talk about how the Candice-Kree finale came to be, what caused Angie to lose her shot at Phillip Phillips’ crown and sash, why Randy Jackson won’t be missed and which of the current judges (if any) we’d like to see return for Season 13. So press play below for the full episode, then hit the comments with your thoughts. And do follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV for all my Idol-related news, recaps, commentary and interviews.