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American Idol

American Idol's Lauren Alaina Talks About Meeting Miley Cyrus

Originally posted 04/28/2011 02:00PM

After a night dedicated to the music of singer-songwriter Carole King, the top six contestants remaining on American Idol spoke to reporters about the pressing issues of the night.

Who's that guy? And how was Miley Cyrus?
Did Lauren Alaina know Brett, the boy she pulled up on stage to sit next to her during her rendition of "Where You Lead"? "I wanted a cute guy up there and he's an intern for American Idol," Alaina said, "They said if he looked like he enjoyed it, he can't get fired because he's not getting paid, so it just worked out. I don't even really know him!"

As for meeting her idol Miley Cyrus (producer Jimmy Iovine more-than favorably compared her to the superstar when she sang "The Climb"), Alaina said, "I love her! She's got a lot of the same, what do you call it, sense of humor? We have the same sense of humor."

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American Idol

American Idol: Is James Durbin the One to Beat?

Originally posted 04/28/2011 07:50AM

It was a night of songs by Carole King – a great pop songwriter with a big catalog of hits reaching back decades, but with a pop style that must seem almost classically formal to American Idol's six young finalists. The result was a well-sung, not terribly dynamic 90-minute show.

James Durbin skipped the big theatrical statements for "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." In rehearsal, he tried it as a simple ballad on guitar, but producer Jimmy Iovine urged him to go with his strong hand – rock – and the result, which was rhythmic and sweet, was his most satisfying performance yet. Jennifer Lopez bopped along as if she were alone in that magic disco we call romantic fantasy. "That was the first song I ever made out to a girl with," said Steven Tyler at the end of a (fairly) positive assessment. "It was in a bowling alley and, no, Randy, I didn't strike out." Jennifer called him "the star of the night." Randy Jackson made a bold prediction: "This guy just might win the whole thing," he said, before giving Durbin a hug.

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