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American Idol fans have heard the judges bloviating year in and year out that it’s a woman’s year to win the competition. The last time it truly seemed truly likely was a couple of seasons ago when the strongly-voiced and strongly-styled Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart only had to beat one male singer, Scotty McCreery, to the win. Even though that didn't pan out, this year, Idol judges Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj are both hoping it will be the year of the women.

Wednesday’s American Idol episode featured some pretty difficult cuts on the women’s end, which only served to spotlight the strength and variety of vocal offerings coming from the womenl’s end this year. After last night’s show, judge Minaj spoke to MTV News in order to discuss her hopes for this season.
"The stars have aligned and the girls that have come to audition for us have had just had strong voices like I don't know what. We narrowed it down to some great girls. I think we did a great job picking amazing voices, so I am actually hoping a girl wins this year.”

This year’s girls feature powerful voices and unique voices, as well as a few young ladies that look like pop stars and a few, like Zoanette Johnson, who are complete wild cards. It’s hard to say whether the girls will outperform the boys at this point in the competition, but with the last female winner being Season 6’s Jordin Sparks, it’s high time a girl took home the prize. Minaj is hoping the girls will win and Urban went so far as to tell MTV that “the girls are stronger,” so maybe it’s not as unlikely as it seems to hope a girl will come away with the win this year. Hey, if Top Chef can do it for the second time in history, I have high hopes that Idol will crown a girl this year, as well.