Before we start into “American Idol” this week, let’s all take a moment to roll our eyes at the producers milking Lauren Alaina’s vocal trouble before the start of the show. More than anything, this just proves to us that Scotty McCreery probably has a larger voting block behind him and the production team is scrambling to close the gap with some sort of “hero” story.
So how will the final to do — and will either one of them actually sing something that is not country? Let’s take a look at the final competitive performances of the season.
- Scotty McCreery, “Gone” – Thankfully, our deep-voiced Southern boy chose to actually belt out one of his few faster tunes, which was a good idea since “Gone” was a personal favorite from this season thanks to his amazing energy and stage presence. It was clearly a great way to establish himself as the one to beat.
- Lauren Alaina, “Flat on the Floor” – It was obvious immediately that Lauren’s voice just wasn’t there. Maybe she’ll get a sympathy vote — she’s going to need it after missing many notes and failing to even hit some of the higher ones. Is it sad that this happened to her? Yes, but you can’t take anything away from Scotty because Lauren is sick.
Round one advantage – Scotty
Personal Idols’ Choice
- Scotty McCreery, “Check Yes or No” – Scotty’s own hero in George Strait chose one of his own songs for the youngster, and it ended up being a pretty solid choice. Strait’s music is as middle-of-the-road as you are going to get in terms of sound, but it worked.
- Lauren Alaina, “Maybe It Was Memphis” – This round was a bit of yawner in terms of energy, since both parties sang mid-temp numbers that really did not do anything to make America “jump up and down.” Lauren’s voice did sound better this time, but it’s hard to see in what galaxy the judges would actually say that she was better than Scotty here. (We did learn, however, that Steven Tyler is judging based on “prettiness.” Good to know?)
Round two advantage: Scotty
- Scotty McCreery, “I Love You This Big” – As far as coronation songs, this actually wasn’t too bad lyrically — it was soft-spoken, age-appropriate, and it also forced Scotty to stretch his vocal range. The only real problem? Whenever he did the “arms outstretched” motion, it looked like he was either trying to get an awkward hug or he was campaigning for office. Then, Randy actually dissed Jimmy Iovine for picking the song. Crazy!
- Lauren Alaina, “Like My Mother Does” – Singing about your mom is something perfect for country music, and Lauren definitely pulled at the heartstrings with her final song. If there was anything that could give her a chance at winning this, this song may have been it. The show gave her the pimp spot, and even a heartwarming / cheesy moment involving her mom.
Round three advantage: Lauren
Overall, you still have to give the edge to Scotty for the night — even if most of the judges seemed to side with Lauren. The guy has the fanbase, and he also likely has the better chance at success after the show.
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