Credit: lya S. Savenok/Getty Images Photo: Keith Urban at the American Idol Season 12 Photocall on September 16, 2012

Judge Keith Urban already spilled the beans in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on who he thought was going to be the next American Idol winner. After the finale performances show on Wednesday, Keith once again made it clear he thought Candice Glover still had the “edge” over opponent Kree Harrison going into the final American Idol results show.

Do you think Kree came in to the finale with an advantage being a country singer from Texas?

I don't know. I think if anything she had her work cut out for her because Candice has been doing exceptional performances the last few weeks. But I really feel like Kree stepped it up tonight and really made it a much more of a neck and neck race.

Do you see yourself doing a duet or teaming up with one of these contestants? You seem to be enamored by the contestants. You say they both have so much soul.

They do. I think that people forget that country music is full of soul as well as jazz and blues and rock 'n roll. Soul singers are just about the ones that make much more of a connection. If they are doing that, that is a soul singer for me.

What do you think of the song choices?

I felt like they were good. I was really taken with the original songs. Particularly Kree's. They were both really well written songs. Kree's for me was the one that just hit me. It allowed her to be in a place where she has so much strength vocally, emotionally, so it was really quite a beautiful song.

What are the different strengths of the girls?

In a lot of ways, as different as they are, they share a lot of similarities I think, that's why it was hard tonight. They have a lot of vulnerability and strength that are both apparent when they perform. They're both survivors. They both come from very rootsy, earthy real families. And I think that's what's apparent in what they do. There's no pageantry in either of them, that's why I love them both so much. They really sing from a real place. They sing because they need to sing, not because they want to be famous or-they just have to sing. That's what they do and we're really lucky to have them.


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