One more week and Season 10 of “American Idol” will be complete, a new winner named, a new summer tour to be launched, and new albums to anticipate in the autumn (usually following the Summer Live Tour). But before all that: A results show that pared the Top 3 down to the final two, where the two last contestants were named to compete for that coveted win, that guaranteed album contract, and a chance to see if they can out-sell Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. As Brian Mansfield at “Idol Chatter” pointed out, those albums will be coming from the country music genre.
The Top 3 results show had all the usual stuff to wade through to get to what was important — the naming of the two. There was the obligatory godawful Ford commercial, an extended trailer for the movie “Super 8,” a pre-recorded new song from Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent, a live performance by Italian teen boy band trio Il Volo (Italian for “fight”), and the filmed homecomings of the Top 3 to endure before host Ryan Seacrest finally got to the part everyone turned over from a rerun of “The Office” and a new “Rules of Engagement” to see.
There was one saving grace in all of it — there was no group performance. But nobody noticed because they were watching the first “The Office” rerun and a new “Big Bang Theory.”
Seacrest put all the Scotty McCreery fans out of their collective misery quickly by announcing that the North Carolina high schooler — he’s 17 — had made it to the finale. A few short moments later and he was joined by 16-year-old Lauren Alaina, making the Season 10 finale an all-teen, all-Southern (because she’s from Georgia), and all-country final match-up. Seacrest also informed the audience that it was the youngest “American Idol” finale match-up in the show’s history.
Haley Reinhart was stunned, as evidenced by the look on her face, which went blank at hearing Lauren’s name. The 20-year-old Illinois singer must have started believing she had a chance after seeing all those power rankings lists that placed her ahead of Lauren. She quickly gathered herself, though, and was composed throughout the flashback segment. She then performed “Bennie and the Jets” for her farewell song, a great selection considering that it may have been the song that placed her among the true contenders just when she needed a “moment” to stand out (among the Top 11) from the rest of the finalists.
Did those who cast the 95 million votes get it right? Should Haley have been sent home or should she have made it into the finale? More importantly, since that question is rather moot, will the teen countryfest that will be Season 10’s finale be as big a yawner as Season 9’s finale between Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze?
Regardless, Scotty McCreery will face off against Lauren Alaina next Tuesday evening. The results show naming the latest winner of “American Idol” will air on Wednesday evening.
Fans of “American Idol” and the two teens in the Myrtle Beach area can catch the Season 10 finale and results shows on Fox Television via WFXB Fox 43.