Right now on American Idol 2013, it seems to be neck and neck between country girls Janelle Arthur and Kree Harrison, although we’re going to give Kree a slight lead.

Janelle has the strong, classic country vibe and we could easily see her front and center at the Grand Ole Opry and rubbing noses with country’s biggest legends, but Kree Harrison seems to have more crossover potential and a more modern style that could potentially make her the next Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift.

Last week, Janelle’s performance of “I Will” by the judges was one of the best performances of the night, according to judge Randy Jackson. Nicki Minaj told Janelle she was a swan goddess and had a perfect, angelic tone.  However, Kree received equally high — if not higher — praise from the judges overall, and we just don’t think there is room for both of them long term.

With her country take on "You Keep Me Hangin' On," did Janelle Arthur prove tonight she is the country singer to beat on American Idol 2013 this season? Or did Kree Harrison win the night for the country girls? Watch Janelle’s Season 12 Top 8 performance and let us know what you think!

 

American Idol 2013 Janelle Arthur Top 8 Performance:


Credit: FOX Photo: Watch American Idol’s Janelle Arthur Sing “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in Season 12 Top 8

 

Read more in our American Idol recap of the Top 8 show tonight and watch all the performances!