18 February 2013 6:26 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

American Idol wants a female winner for Season 12 — or at least that was the loud and clear message of Ryan Seacrest’s voiceovers during the ladies-only portion of Hollywood Week. Still, with the pimping of Angela Miller, Candice Glover and Janelle Arthur starting so early in the season, could the strategy backfire and give rise to another dudely successor to Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery and Lee DeWyze?

On this week’s Idology, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I discuss this conundrum for executive producer Nigel Lythgoe and his cohorts, while also dissecting some peculiar behavior by the Season 12 judges during the women’s group rounds. »


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