American Idol's All-Female Top 5 Face Elimination

Now it gets interesting.

Week after week, we’ve watched American Idol’s male finalists leave the competition. It hardly mattered in which order the guys went home – an all-female final five was basically preordained from the beginning. But after Lazaro Arbos left last week, all bets were off for Thursday’s elimination night.

American Idol: Top 5 Take On Music's Biggest Divas

America got its first glimpse of American Idol’s first all-female top five Wednesday night, but it was two other women – Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj – who briefly stole the show with their unexpected verbal catfight.

The tense exchange happened when they were critiquing Kree Harrison, who had just performed her first song of the night, “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes.

American Idol: 5 Things About the Top 5 You Won't Learn from TV

Five ladies under one roof is a lot of estrogen, but apparently not too much for American Idol’s season 12 finalists, who seem more like a sisterhood than competitors.

PEOPLE caught up with each woman – Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison, Janelle Arthur, Angie Miller and Candice Glover – on Tuesday in L.A., where they gave us a behind-the-scenes look at their lives vying for one of the biggest honors on TV … while still remaining best friends.

American Idol: 5 Reasons to Start Watching Now

Let’s hear it for the ladies! For the first time in its 12-season history, American Idol has an all-female Top 5. While they all have the talent to win the competition, only one can be crowned American Idol. Here’s why each singer could take the title – and why you should be watching.


American Idol: First All-Female Top 5?

American Idol: Did Candice Glover Have the Best Performance in Show History?

With Sir Anthony Hopkins in the audience, American Idol’s six remaining contestants took the stage to perform two songs – one from the catalogue of legendary songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David and another one “they wish they had written.”

The best performance of the night – and according to Randy Jackson, “one of the greatest performances in the history … of American Idol” – came at the very end of the two-hour show.