It has come down to the last performances of Season 10. The two “American Idol” finalists, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, will square off at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, May 24, to give America, those who haven’t decided beforehand who they will vote for, a chance to watch and listen to the two teens sing and perform country — or at least country-oriented — songs in an effort to garner votes. But according to websites like Bodog.com, which tracks odds on sporting and competition-style events, the winner is a foregone conclusion — it’s Scotty, bar far.
Everybody but the most diehard and hopeful Lauren Alaina fan has weighed in on their blogs and on Twitter in favor of Scotty. Online polls from MSN to TMZ have Scotty winning by two-thirds or three-quarters of the vote. Even the Associated Press wrote that the 17-year-old North Carolina high schooler was expected to win.
Judge Randy Jackson, the guy who told James Durbin that the competition was his to lose, stated on “Chelsea Lately” Monday night, “I think probably Scotty’s got a slight edge, a very slight edge.”
Jennifer Lopez refused to pick a favorite when asked by Ellen Degeneres on her show a few weeks back.
Judge Steven Tyler, as everyone knows, is holding out for Lauren (but he probably secretly believes, in accordance with most others, Scotty will win it). He labeled her “The One” after her audition in Nashville.
Bodog places Scotty at 1/5 odds of winning the competiton. Lauren places at 3/1 odds. Respectable, but…
And if that weren’t bad enough, Lauren isn’t even going to get any help from those who think Scotty sucks. Even ‘Vote For The Worst’ has picked Scotty as their final choice. Although a dubious honor at best, it ensures Scotty an untold number of votes from followers of the website that loves to hate “American Idol.” (At least Lauren can proudly say that she was never chosen as a “worst” candidate by the site, something that Casey Abrams, Paul McDonald, Jacob Lusk, and Haley Reinhart — although to Haley’s credit, the site did say that it picked her because it was obvious the judges were trying to get rid of her — cannot say.)
But Lauren can hope for an upset. It has happened before. Ruben Studdard defeated Clay Aiken in Season 2. Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert in Season 8. Even last year’s winner, Lee DeWyze, was only given a shot at the win near the end of Season 9 and pulled off the victory.
But it ain’t over till the final vote is tabulated (except in Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin — where voting irregularities have been known to occur, even in political elections), so there is still the outside chance — such as a computer glitch that reroutes Scotty votes to Lauren’s count — that Lauren Alaina might win. Just don’t bet on it.
The “American Idol” finale will be broadcast live from Los Angeles Tuesday, May 24, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST. Fans of the show in the Myrtle Beach area can catch it on WFXB Fox TV 43.