'American Idol': Angela Miller earning big crowd reaction in Las Vegas, says Keith Urban

keith-urban-american-idol-las-vegas.jpg "American Idol" is about to start its Las Vegas rounds, whittling the Top 40 down to the Top 20 over the next two weeks. Judge Keith Urban says it's too soon to name any frontrunners, but that the audience is really responding to some contestants.

"I still think it's too soon to tell [who the frontrunners are], only because it's extraordinary what can happen from week to week, positive and minus," says Urban. "I've watched people emerge unexpectedly ... it can go the other way too, where they sing and we're like, 'Hmm, didn't quite get there tonight.' It's far too soon to get any sort of frontrunner ideas."

"But I will say," he adds. "Certainly the audience reaction last night to Angela Miller and a couple other girls was pretty obvious."

Speaking of Angela Miller, she really blew the doors off Hollywood Week with her original piece "You Set Me Free." Urban praises her gumption to choose an original song.

"If you've got something you feel comfortable with -- certainly in Angela's case, she had the confidence to perform a song like that. It was superb," says Urban. "I like getting to see another side of who they are. Obviously, if they write a song, [that song] speaks a lot to the kind of person they are."

As for the strength of the contestants, Urban echoes the sentiment that it's a girl's year to win.

"All I can say is at least from what we just saw last night, it's absolutely a girl's year to win, in my opinion," says Urban. "It's not to say the guys aren't strong, but it's a testament to how strong the girls are ... the girls were just incredibly strong this year."

"American Idol" airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
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