American Idol 2011: Lauren Alaina Wins, Haley Reinhart Eliminated
Last night the Top 3 contestants took the stage on American Idol and made their best case for surviving tonight’s elimination and getting into next week’s final. Each singer sang three songs: one that they picked, one that the judges picked and one that Jimmy Iovine picked. For the most part all three singers all did well, but in my mind there were some moments that were better (Lauren Alaina) than others (Haley Reinhart). Based on what we saw last night here is how I rank the Top 3 going into tonight’s elimination.
Scotty McCreery was last night’s big winner. His first song, “Amazed” by Lonestar was the perfect mix of emotion, romance and power. His second song Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” really showed that he has what it takes to be a country star. It was high energy, angry and fun all at once and the girls in the audience including Jennifer Lopez lost their minds. Jennifer seemed like she was crushing on him and even asked him to cut his hair. His last song, “She Believes in Me” was very good. He was back in his deep toned element and hit all the notes. It was clearly Scotty’s night.
Lauren Alaina was not far behind. I actually thought her first song “Wild One” by Faith Hill was her weakest of the night, but it was still very good. “If I Die young” by Perry was her second song and it was spot on. It was almost as if the song was written for her. By the time she took the stage in the last round for “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack she had hit her stride and clearly was feeling good. She had a few funny moments including her pantyhose ripping so she got some last minute leg make-up while Seacrest stood next to her showing the world the behind the scenes goings on. I think Beyonce’s advice on how to deal with her nerves really helped her and could help her down the road.
It is hard to say Haley Reinhart came in last because she took some serious risks and had a big hurdle to jump, but in the end her last song didn’t work. She started out strong with Led Zeppelin’s “What is And What Should Never Be.” Accompanied by her dad on the guitar she did a great version. She took a fall, but recovered fast and had everyone on their feet. Her second song Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” was all wind and drama and Haley at her all time sexiest on American Idol. Had it all ended there she might have taken the night, but then Randy Jackson sabotaged her with the judge’s choice. He chose for her the impossible to sing “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. Haley started off strong and hit the choruses, but she got lost in the frantic vocal gymnastics that the song requires. You could tell the judges felt for her and tried to focus on the positive, but it was clear she was over her head on that song.
There you have it, my power rankings for the final three contestants. I felt it was Scotty’s night and it should solidify his spot in the finals, but you never know what might happen so tune in tonight at 8PM on Fox for the results show and see which two of these three good singers (Lauren Alaina) move on to the American Idol Finals.
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