For the next American Idol, it is all now a waiting game.
Finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison performed their final three songs on Wednesday night - and have 24-hours to nervously wait the result.
After a tough season, the final two - the first all female final since season 3 - had a relatively low key night full of gentle ballads as their last bid to sway viewers to vote for them.
The Glover's are off: Candice remains favourite after out-singing her rival Kree Harrison in Wednesday's American Idol final
But while judge Randy Jackson insisted that 'Dude this is so close', the judges once again seemed to favor 23-year-old soulful powerhouse Candice.
'You just shot this whole night to another level,' Randy said excitedly after she once again sang Ben E King's I Who Have Nothing, her favorite song from the season. 'It's about singing - and baby you've got it ALL.'
Mariah Carey was equally impressed, insisting: 'I know I'm going to be listening to you for years to come, God bless you baby.
'What you have is the ability - the innate ability - to take any song and turn it into a vehicle for that amazing voice.'
Panel beaters: The duo are so skilled it was difficult for the judges to give them any damning criticism
Going ape: The crowd went bananas when Ryan Seacrest emerged and the eagerly awaited finale finally kicked off
Nicki Minaj, meanwhile, teased Candice 'for showing your legs tonight for the first time' that season as she wore a short black dress, but insisted she was a 'superstar' who 'commands the stage' even though there were 7,000 people in the audience and millions watching at home.
'Oh my gosh - it's just crazy. You're such a powerhouse singer,' Keith Urban told her. 'That song is like a planet exploding to life.'
Host Ryan Seacrest had billed the final as 'the battle of country versus soul', then joked: 'Or, as Nicki would say, Kreedom against Candy Girl.'
Mariah insisted she was 'blown away' by both girls. 'This talent is so magnificent - it's of a level that's just mind boggling,' she insisted.
There can be only one: While they seem friendly on camera the pair will also surely be fierce rivals
The pair started off the evening singing songs chosen by Simon Fuller - Sarah McLachlan's Angel for Kree and Adele's Chasing Pavements for Candice.
Randy questioned Fuller's choices, saying they 'were both a little sleepy' and hardly helped the women get off to a good start.
'But I have to give the edge on round one to Candice,' he said. 'At least she took the song and tried to make more of it.'
Next, they sang songs written for them as singles to release if they win - Kree having a power ballad called All Cried Out, while Candice, backed by strings, also had a rousing ballad, this one called I Am Beautiful.
Big moment: Candice will have been hoping to do enough to persuade the public to make her the next Idol
Getting into the groove: She was clearly feeling the music as she gave one of her trademark soulful turns
Nicki praised Kree's 'composure' while Keith said the performances proved they were 'both soul singers'. Of Candice's song, he quipped: 'It fits her like a Glover.'
Next, they sang their favorite songs from the season. Before Candice's show-stopping reprisal of I Who Have Nothing, Kree, now in a floor-length red dress, sang Up To The Mountain by Patty Griffin.
'That right there is a winning performance,' Randy told her. 'That's your best performance of the night.'
A tale of two judges: Randy Jackson all but crowned her while Keith Urban gave a more measured critique
Already a winner: Even if she ends up leaving empty handed she will be able to tell her grandchildren about how she shared the stage with TV legend Ryan Seacrest
Keith praised her 'spirituality and soulfulness', while Nicki said: 'I think all three of your performances tonight showcased your beautiful voice and your beautiful soul.'
Viewers have four hours after the show to vote, with the decision to be announced on a two hour special Thursday.
Despite the tension, Kree insisted her aim was to 'just be in the moment', explaining: 'Whatever happens, it's tomorrow - tonight we are just trying to have fun and sing our best for y'all.'
Double trouble: While Candice is the favourite, Kree will be attracting the formidable country voting bloc
Not-so-friendly rivalry: They may not agree on much but both Nicki and Mariah concurred that Kree did well
Showing them how its done: Carly Rae Jepsen may not have won the Canadian version but she has proven to have the right attributes to be a successful popstrel
'One song at a time,' Candice agreed.
The night also featured Carly Rae Jepsen - a Canadian Idol finalist - who finally performed a song that viewers had helped write lyrics and key elements throughout the season.
The song, Take a Picture, had Carly Rae - wearing tiny black shorts, a hat and yellow jacket - surrounded by pretend photographers onstage as she sang: 'I took a picture of you taking a picture of me.'
Cooling off: She had soon ripped off her jacket due to the stifling heat in the packed studio
Thighly entertaining: Her backing dancers grabbed her legs as they went through their routine
A completely unexpected performance came with a middle-aged woman named Gloria who was clearly enamored with host Ryan Seacrest - telling him as he walked past: 'You are so good looking honey!'
Ryan then picked her out to walk with him down the aisle, sending her heart fluttering as he hugged her. 'You are so good looking!' she told him once again.
Lucky girl: An obsessed fan received a kiss on the forehead from the devilishly handsome host
Palpitations: Her heart went aflutter when she lived out her fantasy and walked down the aisle with Ryan
Making everyone jealous: His fanatical fanbase will be more than a little envious she got to touch the DJ