Annie Barrett
February 15, 2013 AT 05:39 AM EST

American Idol is not f—ing around. A girl WILL win this season, they’ll have you know — and the three ladies you love the most so far and will support throughout season 12 with all your being are Angela Miller, Candice Glover, and Janelle Arthur. Votes for anyone else will go right into the trash!

Not really, but wow, heavy-handed much? This episode was light on the performance footage of the girls’ solos and concluded with some desperate and wonky sing-offs between two guys (oh hey guys, how’s that holding cell been treating you for the past week?) and two girls at the end. We have an official Top 40 contestants — 20 guys and 20 girls. I’ll list them at the end of this recap.

Angela Miller had a serious breakout moment — one of the best of the series, I’d say — with her original tune “You Set Me Free.” NIcki Minaj had to change her attitude after a severe eye roll at Angela’s intro (“This song is about being set free from baggage and from the weight you carry from hard times”) — Nicki eventually admitted to her partners in crime that the song sounded like it could be in the Top 40.

“If that was recorded right there, I would play that in my cahhhh,” drooled Keith Urban. I love how into it Keith gets! And truly this was a stunner from Angela, her voice building along with the song in just the mere minute or so we saw of it. Excellent work.

Randy kept piping up with helpful commentary during the song — he yelped “Really!” about five times. Excellent work all around, really.

I’m sure many of the other Top 20 girls sang well during the solo round — what the heck did Jenny Beth Willis, Adriana Latonio, or Amber Holcomb sing during this round, I wonder? And also, who are they? But we got a spotlight performance from Janelle Arthur again, who maintained her steady, gorgeous but not overpowering country vocal on “I Told You So” and put the judges in such a hypnotic state that Nicki had to repeat “Janelle” 13 times to snap out if it.

NEXT: Which girl is on fi-yahhhhhhhhh?

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