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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 02:30PM
True to his word to kiss the grass when he returned to his hometown of Garner, N.C., Scotty McCreery fell to the ground and buried his face in the freshly cut lawn.
"Ah, Carolina grass," the American Idol finalist told his family and friends who rushed to greet him when the limo pulled up in front of his house Saturday.
"I cut the grass just for this occasion," his father Michael McCreery said while giving him a big hug.
May 14, 2011, was proclaimed Scotty McCreery Day by the mayor in honor of the 17-year-old hometown hero who put the community of 25,000 on the map.
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!"
Originally posted 05/12/2011 07:30AM
Thematically, Wednesday's American Idol show was a jackalope, a hybrid creature that didn't make much sense.
The four finalists were expected to sing two songs – one inspiring, the other moving. But isn't an inspiring song moving? Not only that, but the "moving" song would be from the vintage pop-rock catalog of songwriters Leiber and Stoller. At that point – the second half of the show – producer Jimmy Iovine, absent during the first 45 minutes, showed up with the funny, fabulous, totally non-vintage Lady Gaga as the night's mentor.
Gaga seemed to be wearing a wig made from a panda – something similar to her hair at the end of her "Judas" video – and was shot sitting against a white background.
Originally posted 05/05/2011 08:45AM
Elvis is back in the building.
Scotty McCreery made his mark on Wednesday's American Idol – which presented the final five, with Sheryl Crow mentoring – by bringing out the big guns: Elvis's sentimental chesnut "Always on My Mind." He sang it with the easy inevitability of bread browning in a toaster. Jennifer Lopez said he'd proven his versatility. "Beautiful," said Steven Tyler.
Each singer got to sing twice on Wednesday – one contemporary song and one classic. McCreery also covered Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," and it was a total smash and surprise, chugging along with locomotive energy. "I saw you dance with the devil tonight, and that's a good thing for you," said Steven.
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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