updated 04/11/2013 AT 9:45 PM ET
•originally published 04/11/2013 AT 9:15 PM ET
Did American Idol make history on Thursday?
The top six contestants of season 12, who performed Wednesday night, included five women and one man, Lazaro Arbos.
Arbos, who has a stutter that seems to disappear when he sings, started off strong in the competition. But in recent weeks, the ice cream scooper from Naples, Fla., flubbed his lyrics and struggled to get positive feedback from judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.
Meanwhile, the women – Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur – were doing well, setting up a unique situation for the show: a possible all-female top five.
Keep reading to find out what happened on elimination night …
Lazaro is going home – and Idol has its first all-female top five! Here’s what happened on Thursday night:
Following Candice’s show-stopping performance of “Lovesong” and Lazaro’s awkward, off-key performance of “Close to You” on Wednesday, the results almost seemed inevitable.
But host Ryan Seacrest played his usual game, splitting up the remaining six contestants into three groups of two. One group contained the top two contestants. Another group was the bottom two. And the third group was in between. But which was which?
Before we got answers, Kelly Clarkson took the stage to sing “People Like Us,” a song from her new album. It was a perfect reminder of what it takes to take the American Idol crown, and how successful a winner can be. She received a lot of love from the judges panel, including a sweet hug from Mariah.