The American Idol Season 10 top 4 performances last night were mostly good. James Durbin and Haley Reinhart both needed to be great and they both were. James’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Love Potion No. 9″ both showed off James’ great singing chops and his exuberant performance style. Haley’s “The Earth Song” and “I Who Have Nothing” were both thrilling and continued her string of great performances. Christian musicians Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina had mixed nights. Scott’s version “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” and Lauren’s “Anyway”, both with openly Christian messages, were the top two performances of the night. However, Scott’s “Youngblood” and Lauren’s “Trouble” missed the mark.
The studio recordings are really good so join me in purchasing the American Idol Top 4 Season 10 – Various Artists on iTunes (be sure to have iTunes open before you click through.)
Two big subplots emerged last night. First was the judges unfair and completely unbalanced criticism of Haley Reinhart for her performance of “The Earth Song.”
Whether or not you agree with me that this was a gut wrenching, wailing throwdown of a performance by someone who really cared about what she was singing, or you don’t like when a singer loses control a little, this was not fair. Over eight performances last night, this was the only negative criticism. Everything else was fawning and supportive. The entire Internet has turned against the judges.
The bigger story for us is the interchange between Lady GaGa and Scott McCreery. During the mentoring sessions Lady GaGa came at Scott with a series of vulgarities. This young man, under the pressure of his life to win American Idol Season 10, stood his ground in the face of the most popular performer on the planet. He did not argue with her, he not did challenge her actions, he merely resisted her crudeness. In the end, the reigning queen of controversy saw the vulgarity of her actions and apologized. Admittedly her apology was “for telling the truth” but it was an apology. Here is a bad video of the exchange. Sorry, it was the best I could find.
So, last night, controversy overshadowed the performances of the American Idol Season 10 top 4, but America votes on the performances. As I said both Haley Reinhart and James Durbin were terrific last night while Christian musicians Lauren Alaina and Scott McCreery had two of the best and two of the worst performances on the show. Scott could afford the inconsistency. We don’t think Lauren had the wiggle room.
We believe that Lauren Alaina will go home tonight. The most interesting result to watch tonight is whether James Durbin or Haley Reinhart joins her in the bottom 2. This will tell us if the Haley Reinhart rocket ship has launched her into the finals or if she has more work to do.
The results start right away. The first person into the Top 3 is Lauren Alaina. That certainly a shocker for me, but a good one. I did not see that one coming. That means James Durbin and Haley Reinhart are at risk. That probably means Haley Reinhart goes home tonight.
But enough speculation. Join as we live blog the American Idol Season 10 top 4 results right now.
Wow, almost 72 million votes last night, the most ever for an American Idol top 4. Jordin Sparks, Lady Gaga, Julio Iglesias and Steven Tyler’s new video. More performances than Idol contestant torture tonight. I am happy about that.
James Durbin and Scott McCreery sing a country duet and they sound exceptional. Their voices fit together seamlessly. That was fun.
Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart do another country song for a duet. Once again Lauren shines in a duet. She just shines in these results show performances, when the pressure of competing is gone. That was very enjoyable as well.
Results already. The first one into the top 3 is Lauren Alaina. Wow, that is a shocker, but a good one. I never saw this one coming. That means James Durbin and Haley Reinhart are in trouble. I suspect that Haley Reinhart will go home tonight.
Boy, that young lady is just silly giddy and I don’t blame her.
Time for more results, who is in the Bottom 2. The next one in the Top 3 is Haley Reinhart! Another shocker. Bad news for James Durbin and I think he feels it. James Durbin looks crushed. Now I have been so wrong this week it is entirely possible that Ryan Seacrest gets voted off this week.
I think the judges unfair treatment may have pushed Haley Reinhart into the American Idol Season 10 top 3. Not that she hasn’t earned it, but the reaction to the judges has been pretty strong.
The American Idol Season 10 journey ends tonight for James Durbin. He is deeply emotional, as are the judges and the audience,and us. We have come to greatly appreciate the heart of this earnest young man. I hope he can make it through the end of the show. He will have a wonderful career and I hope for the best for James and his family.
The American Idol Season 10 top 3 are Scott McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina. Two Christian musicians and probably the young lady who turned out to be the best singer of the season. Check-in this weekend as we do our final power rankings for American Idol Season 10.