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Originally posted 05/25/2011 11:30AM
The final two performed three songs each – who has the winning edge? Vote!
Originally posted 05/24/2011 09:40PM
At the start of the final showdown at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, Ryan Seacrest described the faceoff between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina as "the boy-next-door versus the Southern belle."
Lauren, unfortunately, had also been doing battle with her own voice – or, more accurately, her voice had been doing battle with her.
During rehearsal she'd blown out a vocal cord. A doctor in black scrubs – wouldn't that cheer you up in the ER? – came out and explained that she'd been treated and would do "great."
Said Lauren: "I'm here, I'm ready to sing, and I'm fine. Don't worry about it."
She said this with a brave smile that was actually not all that reassuring.
Originally posted 05/24/2011 08:05PM
The drama and suspense for the American Idol finale started early Tuesday.
Lauren Alaina, 16, lost her voice and couldn't finish rehearsals, prompting producers to bring in third-place finisher Haley Reinhart as a possible last-minute replacement.
But after resting her voice, Alaina felt ready to compete in the teen showdown against 17-year-old Scotty McCreery.
"I'm here, I'm ready to sing. I'm fine, don't worry about it," she said on stage in a hoarse voice.
Originally posted 05/24/2011 02:00PM
Forget song choice – American Idol finalist Scotty McCreery has a much bigger decision to make ahead of Tuesday's big performance show.
"Every time I look in the mirror, I'm going, 'Should I [cut my hair]? Should I not?' " McCreery said at a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday.
The dilemma stems from last week's show, when judge Jennifer Lopez requested that the former grocery store clerk go back to the buzz cut he sported in his audition.
"If J.Lo cuts it, I might," McCreery, 17, said. "How many chances do you have to let the most beautiful woman in the world cut your hair?"
Originally posted 05/19/2011 09:30PM
It's finale time!
Thursday night, American Idol's top three contestants – Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart – faced the last elimination before next week's big finale, where one will be named the season 10 champ.
Keep reading to find out who will compete and who was thisclose to the big night but didn't make it.
Originally posted 05/19/2011 03:15PM
So, who deserves a spot in the finale?
American Idol's final three – Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart – gave it their all on Wednesday. And by the end of the night's three rounds, there wasn't much between them.
The judges gave round one to Haley, who didn't let a little stumble get in the way of her rocking performance of Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be."
Round two went to Scotty for his rendition of Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not."
Originally posted 05/18/2011 10:30PM
The two-hour show was partitioned into three rounds.
The singers got to pick what they wanted to perform, with mentoring hints from the lovely Beyoncé. Then they sang a selection by producer Jimmy Iovine and, finally, a selection by the judges.
Read on to see how the three American Idol finalists did.
Originally posted 05/15/2011 11:00AM
It was a bittersweet return to Georgia for Lauren Alaina, who finally saw up-close the tornado damage that leveled houses near her town of Rossville.
"She's trying to get her composure," mom Kristy Suddeth said Saturday after a sobbing Lauren visited a shelter at the Cherokee Valley Baptist Church in nearby Ringold as part of her American Idol homecoming. "These people don't need to see somebody crying. They need to see somebody smiling."
Lauren met 11-year-old Tyler Long, who was thrown 200 yards from his family's mobile home and managed to find and comfort family members, including his 8-year-old brother Connor and 10-month-old Ryder.
Originally posted 05/13/2011 12:30PM
And then there were three.
With James Durbin shockingly out of the running as of Thursday night, Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are left vying for the season 10 title on American Idol.
As the remaining contestants return to their hometowns for what's sure to be an emotional episode next week, Idol fans may still be scratching their heads and wondering who will win.
Originally posted 05/13/2011 08:45AM
Ryan Seacrest put Wednesday night's vote at 72 million, the highest ever for a top four – a quartet on the cusp of being reduced to a trio who'll be celebrated by their hometowns on next week's show.
It turned out that Randy Jackson's recent prediction was inaccurate: James, the high-decibel rocker with the highly emotional back-story, was eliminated after being in the bottom two with country guy Scotty.
"I worked so damn hard to get here and, God, I was really hoping to get there," James said, his voice shaking with tears while Jennifer Lopez cried from the panel. "I did so much stuff that's never been done on this show before ... In my eyes, in my mind ... I did what I came here to do, and that was to give metal a chance!"
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