For Lauren Alaina, her worst nightmare almost came true when she blew out a vocal chord preparing for the big show and almost wasn’t able to compete. It was so bad that Haley Reinhart, who was voted off just last week, was brought in just in case Lauren couldn’t go on.
When Ryan Seacrest asked Lauren about what happened, she seemed to want to just move on, saying that she was OK and not to worry about it.
Ryan wouldn’t just “move on,” however, and brought one of the show’s doctors on-stage to explain what happened. He said that Lauren had, in fact, hurt her vocal chords but that she was taking lots of medication and she should be OK.
Scotty McCreery didn’t look too happy about all the fuss over Lauren’s vocal chords, as he probably knew that this would result in a few sympathy votes for the 16-year-old country starlet.
Then, it was time for the performances.
With 7,000 fans packed inside the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Seacrest informed us that Lauren and Scotty would sing three songs. The first would be their favorite song of the season, then they would sing a pick from their own personal idols (Carrie Underwood for Lauren and George Strait for Scotty), and finally, each would perform their first single, should they win the competition.
In a confusing turn of events, Scotty won the coin toss and graciously deferred to Lauren, who opted to go second. That meant Scott McCreery would go first, singing his favorite song from this season, Montgomery Gentry‘s “Gone”.
Lauren then came right out (without cutting away to the judges first) and sang Carrie Underwood’s “Flat on the Floor”.
Scotty then lead off round 2 with the song George Strait picked for him, “Check Yes or No”. Lauren countered with Carrie Underwood’s pick of Pam Tillis‘ “Maybe It Was Memphis”.
Seacrest then brought up the whole laryngitis thing again. Way to beat a dead horse, Ryan.
We finally got to hear from the judges, but it was hardly worth it. Randy Jackson said they were both in it to win it (it’s the finals, Randy) and Steven Tyler said he liked Lauren better because “she’s prettier.”
British R&B star Taio Cruz then sang the song put together by Idol fans, thanks to the support of Coca Cola. It was called “Positive”, but it was actually a pretty negative experience. Lame song.
Then it was time to hear what their first singles would be, should they win the competition.
Scotty McCreery sang a song called, “I Love You This Big”. Wait, this is American Idol, right? That song sounded like something a first-grader would sing…and boy was it pitchy.
Lauren Alaina then went for the KO with her song, “Like My Mother Does”, which ended up with her mother in tears. Way to tug at the old heartstrings. That was a smart move.
Jennifer Lopez said, “You may have won it with that song,” which elicited a flabbergasted look from Lauren.
We got to hear a performance of “Dont You (Forget About Me)” from David Cook and then the phone lines were opened.
So what did YOU think, America? Lauren has the clear edge in that she probably got some sympathy votes and her single is much better than Scotty’s. Scotty, on the other hand, has been a favorite all-season long. I didn’t really think he’d make it this far but his fans are rabid. Who will win it all?
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