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2013 is the year of the snake for the Chinese New Year, and 2013 could be the year of the female for American Idol.
According to MTV, this year’s American Idol winner has a strong chance of being a female, finally. Idol judge Nicki Minaj is hoping that’s the case this year.
"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," Minaj said. "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."
Over the past six seasons a male contestant has walked away as the top Idol. Keith Urban, another Idol judge, feels that both the male and female contestants are doing great, but things could change this season.
"I think you're right,” Urban said. “All I can say is at least from what we just saw [last Wednesday] it's absolutely a girl's year to win, in my opinion. That's not to say the guys aren't strong because they really are. It's really more a testament to how strong the girls are this year."
The last female winner was six years ago when Jordin Sparks beat Blake Lewis in the finale round.
Keep tuning in to American Idol on Fox to see if this year the tides turn to a female winner.