American Idol 2011 – Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart Cat Fight
Early on in this season of American Idol it looked like it might be open season on the girls. Once the Top 13 were announced one girl after another was voted out. It was starting to look like being female on this season of American Idol was like being an endangered species. But don’t tell that to Haley Reinhart and Laure Alaina. They are the last two girls standing and they make up 50% of the final four.
Haley Reinhart has been the model of persistence. Early on it looked like her days were numbered. Four times in the first seven weeks she was in the bottom three. It seemed like it was just a matter of time and she would be out. But all that did was light a fire in her. She continued to work hard and develop her sound. In the last three weeks she has really come into her own. Last week Jennifer Lopez said she had the performance of the night with her powerhouse version of “The House of the Rising Sun.” That last note she hit in the song blew the doors off the place. With that song she announced to the world that she will not be going down without a fight.
Lauren Alaina has had essentially the polar opposite experience from Haley’s. She has rolled along in the competition and until this last week she had never found herself in the bottom three (this last week she and Jacob made up the bottom two). Mentor Jimmy Iovine had played some head games with her during the whole Miley Cyrus thing, but she handled it well and kept doing her thing. She has such a strong voice and great poise that it is hard to remember she is just 16 years old. For me the question remains: was last week’s trip to the bottom two evidence that she is slipping? Perhaps she might not have enough popularity among viewers or enough vocal ability to pull off that one big moment that catapults her forward. At this point in the competition there seem to be two kinds of fans left. Those who will vote for their favorite no matter what and those who will vote for who does best that week. If Lauren can’t separate herself from the pack she might not get those votes will she will need if she wants to make it much further.
Tune in tonight at 8PM on Fox to see Lauren Alania and Haley Reinhart take the stage and find out who does enough to move on to the final three.
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