Credit: FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: The Crowd Goes Wild at American Idol 2013 Auditions

We were bold enough to make a prediction about who would be the American Idol winner for season 12 before the first episode aired. We feel a little more justified in giving an early prediction on who will win American Idol 2013 since, this time, we’ve at least seen some of the auditions already!

Our theory all along has been that a girl is going to break our WGWG (white guy with guitar) curse, and said girl would be a mix of Beyonce and Adele (hey, that’s the way Maddie Assel described herself!) with a hint of P!nk. We’re four audition shows in, however, and we’re shifting gears a bit. Now that we have a bit more of a feel for who has talent and who the judges are favoring, we are even going to give her a name...and that name is...drumroll, please...

Janelle Arthur! The online buzz is that this season is all about Country, which isn’t all that surprising considering the addition of Keith Urban to the superstar American Idol 2013 judges panel. And this part Irish, part Native American 22-year-old has the benefit of previous American Idol experience, having made it to Hollywood Week during season 10 and to Las Vegas during season 11. All the judges (particularly Keith) loved her recent audition, during which she sang “Where the Blacktop Ends”. Nicki Minaj told Janelle, “I think you are really, really special, and you already seem like a star.”

Of course, when making a prediction this early on, it helps to have our list of American Idol spoilers in order to cross-reference the names. (So stop reading here if you don’t want to know anything about the future competition that hasn’t aired yet!

For instance, Maddie Assel, who we mentioned above and who wowed the judges with her rendition of “Oh, Darling,” doesn’t appear to have made the Top 20 females. A great voice is crucial, but other factors come into play, such as stage presence, remembering your lyrics, and withstanding the pressure. We’ll see what all these folks are made of come Hollywood Week.

If you were to make a prediction at this point, who will win American Idol season 12 in your opinion?