updated 04/24/2013 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/24/2013 AT 10:40 PM ET
After a season in which Kree Harrison and Candice Glover always appeared to be the frontrunners, on Wednesday’s show it was Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller’s turn to shine.
Amber – decked out in a flowy white pants suit – started off the night with a personal song choice, Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love,” and got a standing ovation from three of the judges (Mariah Carey remained in her seat but did blow a few kisses).
Keith Urban praised Amber’s poise and confidence and thought her vocal range was “crazy and effortless.” And Nicki Minaj, who said Amber looked like a “big sexy glass of milk,” also thought she no longer seemed like a contestant anymore but rather a full-on star.
Randy Jackson echoed that sentiment: “You came in as a baby – you’re now a pro,” he said.
The judges also heaped on the praise after Amber’s second performance (the theme this time was: one-hit wonders) of “MacArthur Park.” They even felt that Amber had shined brighter during a duet of Adele’s “Rumor Has It” with Kree. “Little shy Amber was almost dominating Kreedom on stage,” Nicki said.
Angie Miller somehow managed to get even better reviews than Amber. Wheeling out a piano to perform Jessie J’s “Who You Are,” Angie’s dramatic performance – which brought tears to the eyes of her grandmother, who was sitting in the audience – also blew the judges away. That was “10 out of 10 out of 10 for me,” Randy said. “Sheer perfection. Best performance of the night.”