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American Idol Live – Lauren Alaina versus Haley Reinhart

Posted by on April 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM EST

lauren alaina top 7Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart are the final two girls left on American Idol 2011.

Magically there were no girls voted out of American Idol last week. That was the first time in a long time the girls were safe. It may not last. We are now down to the Top 7 and while both Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart are both good singers, being a good singer isn’t enough. Ask Pia Toscano how that worked out for her.

At this point just about anyone could be voted out, but it seems like the girls have to be extra good if they want to survive. They are not only competing as a singer, but they have to convince the legions of teen and tween girls that love American Idol to vote for them over the guy that those girls have a crush on. While both of these girls have some stuff in common they are different enough that they can stand out. Lauren Alaina is just 16 years old, but her big, bold voice makes her sound like a singing veteran. Add in her stage presence and her apparent fearlessness and when you watch her you feel like you are watching someone who is doing what they were meant to do. With is being songs from the 21st century week there are a lot of options for her. I think she will go a little more into her country roots and do a Faith Hill song or a similar style song.

Haley Reinhart has a similar style as Lauren in that she has a strong voice and knows how to use it to be powerful when needed. She has a more jazzy or bluesy feel to her voice, but she seems to be able to do just about anything. More importantly for her she seems to be coming on strong at just the right moment. I would love to see her do something a little different this week. Maybe the Dixie Chicks or Alanis Morrisette. Something she normally wouldn’t do, but that lets her show off her vocal range. If not she could always go just the opposite and do something very slow, seductive and sexy. Haley Reinhart has been hinting at her sexy side for weeks. Maybe she could finally let it out.

One thing is for sure. Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina – as the only remaining girls – have targets on their backs. Whatever they decide to do they better do it well or they could be the next to go. Tune in tonight at 8PM on FOX to see how well these two ladies do.



(1) Reader Comment

  1. I love and hate Lauren Alaina. I love her because, endearing personality and beauty aside, I have watched her initial audition over and over and I am completely blown away by the power and control in her voice, especially when she sang “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”. Amazing! When she is “on” she is the best singer out of all of them. But, I hate her (more frustration than hate) because she hasn’t been able to reach that mark since her audition. Not even once. I loved the judges’ comments today. I realize she is young and that the competition is intense, but if Lauren goes back to belting songs out the way she first did, no one will be able to touch her. I can’t believe that no one close to her has conveyed this to her yet. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL THIS GIRL THAT SHE IS AMAZING, AND TO QUIT MESSING AROUND?!!???!?!

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