After such a promising start to its tenth season, America has selected its final two “American Idol” contestants: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. Despite being able to recover from a fall near the judges’ table, and being a singer who has steadily improved week to week, Haley Reinhart was booted from the competition.
Taking nothing away from the two finalists–this is what America considers to be the best of the best? After the oddly unique Casey, the powerhouse singer Pia, the pure voiced Thia and the Luther Vandross-in-waiting Jacob, we’re left with Scotty and Lauren?
Lauren no doubt has some star appeal—Randy was right when he said she feels like a mash-up between Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. She has untapped potential, but don’t lie to yourself, she’s nowhere near the level that Underwood and Clarkson were at when they won “Idol.”
And then there’s Scotty. Scotty?! Look, Scotty’s voice is insane for a teenager. If you didn’t know his age, closed your eyes, and just listened to his vocal talent, you’d think he was a 30-something veteran country singer born to wear Cowboy hats and spurs.
Still, this is the same Scotty who couldn’t find a team to collaborate with at the audition stage of the show. This is the same Scotty, who for weeks, couldn’t sing anything more than the tired line, “Baby lock them doors and turn the lights off.”
Yeah. That Scotty.
Scotty is cool. Seems like a nice guy. But is he really what you would consider to be an “American Idol?” Does he have star quality? Does he command the stage? Does he offer you something unique? Does his performances move you?
Or, really, is he just a dude with a nice country sound?
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