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Tim Nudd and Patrick Gomez
May 16, 2013 06:00 PM

It couldn’t be closer.

Candice Glover and Kree Harrison are in a virtual dead heat as they prepare to find out Thursday night which of them will be the next American Idol.

At this stage, it’s less a battle than the final leg of a journey for these two powerful singers, who have become close friends – Harrison even fell asleep on Glover as they lounged around watching TV on Tuesday night, ahead of Wednesday’s final performances. (“We just chilled and then she ordered some food,” Candice told reporters Wednesday. “Me and Kree are, we get our fix by like coming to the center and knowing what we have to do the next day and getting as much rest as we possibly can.”)

Each of them wants to win, of course, but neither seems to feel like the favorite.

Asked after Wednesday’s show for a prediction, Glover replied, “I honestly don’t know. I have literally no idea. Whatever happens, tomorrow’s not going to be like any other Thursday, where we’re nervous and wondering if we made it or not. It’s going to be like a party, singing with some awesome people and having a good time no matter what.”

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Harrison, who showed her selfless side by letting Glover go second on Wednesday, later said she didn’t think that made a difference. “I think it comes down to the singing and the connection,” she said. She later urged America to vote for her as a birthday present – she turns 23 on Friday.

Glover, meanwhile, said she mostly felt relief that the competition was drawing to a close. “At the same time, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had, and I would do it again if I had to,” she said.

Judge Keith Urban said he thought Glover, 23, had an edge in recent weeks, but that Harrison evened things out on Wednesday.

“There’s no pageantry in either of them, that’s why I love them both so much,” he added. “They sing because they need to sing, not because they want to be famous. That’s what they do, and we’re really lucky to have them.”

But of course, there can be only one.

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