American Idol Season 10 Top 2 performed last night in a highly charged, rapid -fire show that blasted by before I could digest what was happening. Lauren Alaina and Scott McCreery performed three songs each and were joined by Taio Cruz and David Cook in a show that was so rushed that the judges comments were limited to the second half of the hour. All of this made more dramatic by Lauren Alaina‘s vocal cord injury and the terrible songs handed to Scott McCreery.
On Tuesday afternoon my cell phone went into hyper-buzz with tweets about Lauren Alaina. She injured her vocal cords, she was not going to be able to sing, the producers were prepping Haley Reinhart to step in. I bet I had more than 50 tweets about the breaking situation in the Nokia Theater. Ryan opened the show talking about Lauren’s injury and even brought the American Idol doctor out to explain that Lauren Alaina had sprained a vocal cord during dress rehearsals but through a battery of drugs and some treatments she would be able to sing. Through it all, Lauren looked a little embarrassed and a lot ticked-off.
It seemed that both Lauren Alaina and Scott McCreery were both visibly shaken by the medical emergency. The injury certainly impacted Lauren’s performances. In her first two songs you could hear her reach for those big notes that everyone has been pushing her to go for all season, and the voice was just not there. You could also see in her face and her eyes that the drugs had taken an edge off the Lauren Alaina spark we have grown to love this season. She sang the songs well but just could not reach the heights she had hoped for. She did pull it all together in her third song and delivered maybe her “American Idol Season 10 moment” with “Like My Mother Does.” Her vocals were perfect and her emotional connection was real but controlled.
On the other hand, the American Idol Season 10 handlers let Scott McCreery down. He came out guns blazing with his encore of “Gone.” It was a big, bold performance of a performer in command of his audience. Scott McCreery looked like the winner after that. Then George Strait and Jimmy Iovine handed Scott two mid-tempo country pop dirges that pandered to Scott’s teenage following but completely undermined his maturity as a performer. Scott performed both songs well but neither song had the emotional impact or harmonic dynamics he needed to show his talent.
With all of that I still believe Scott McCreery will win American Idol Season 10. His popularity has been solid all season long, despite a very good night for Lauren Alaina, there is little reason for Scott’s fans to jump onto Lauren’s bandwagon. I do think that Lauren Alaina did prove last night that she deserved to be in the top 2 just as much as Haley Reinhart or James Durbin. Most satisfying to this website that highlights Christian musicians on American Idol is that both of these young performers are Christian musicians.
It is time to dial into the show as we live blog the American Idol Season 10 finale. I will be posting observations about performances throughout the show as we get to re-acquaint ourselves with many of the American Idol Season 10 Top 24. And, of course we will bring you all the drama of the results.
Anyone doubting the popularity of Lauren Alaina and Scott McCreery or thinking a concentration of artists in the country genre would reduce the viewership or vote count forget about it. More than 122 million votes were cast last night, the largest ever for American Idol.
The Top 13 starts the American Idol Season 10 finale with a big production number of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Aren’t all Lady Gaga numbers big productions?
Ryan and the judges talking about voters choosing between Lauren Alaina and Scott McCreery, but really, how can you dislike one while liking the other the other?
James Durbin‘s dream comes true. He is playing with Judas Priest. This and meeting Hulk Hogan may have been bigger prizes for him than winning American Idol Season 10. He is doing it right with the leather studded vest and hat. James Durbin sings better than the Judas Priest lead singer (sorry, I don’t know his name).
Jacob Lusk jumped deep into his gospel pool with Kirk Franklin and Gladys Knight and a big gospel choir. I don’t think I have ever seen Jacob Lusk enjoy himself more. I could have used a few more choruses of that.
Casey Abrams is singing Queen’s “Fat Bottom Girls” with Jack Black. Sorry Casey, Jack Black sounds better than you. What is this a skat-off between Casey and JB?
This show is fun so far.
Haley Reinhart is doing a duet with Tony Bennett. You can never go wrong with Tony Bennett. Haley seems like she is heaven and she is slamming on “Stepping Out On My Baby.”
Scott McCreery is singing “Live Like Your Dying” with Tim McGraw. Why didn’t Jimmy Iovine give Scott that song last night? Look at this image. You will see it again and again on every country music awards show for the decade. Scott sounds very, very good on that song.
This is as good an American Idol finale as I have seen. When you match the depth of talent this American Idol Season 10 group with wide breadth of musical styles you get a very good variety show concert.
We are even getting some hot Latin salsa from Mark Anthony and Sheila E, and, of course J-Lo. I have never listened to Mark Anthony but this guy is smoking good. And who knew? Jennifer Lopez can dance.
The Top 13 guys are doing a Tom Jones medley. If Tom Jones joins them I am going to get stupid giddy. Yes I am jumping up and down and screaming like one of Scott’s teenage girl fans. IT’S TOM JONES! THIS IS THE GREATEST AMERICAN IDOL SHOW EVER!
Ford just gave Lauren Alaina and Scott McCreery the keys to any Ford vehicle they want. I bet Scott picks a F-350 and Lauren picks a Mustang.
Lauren Alaina is singing with her hero Carrie Underwood. Once again, get ready for a decade of Lauren and Carrie sharing duets of their big country hits.
It is about time to find out who wins American Idol Season 10, but first Spiderman, or is it Peter Parker?, sings with Bono and Edge. As big a Spiderman fan as I am (really revealing my inner geek tonight) and as much as I love U2, I think I will miss Spiderman the Musical.
The last quarter of the show slowed down when it became a parade of Billboard artists debuting new songs. We have not seen any of the top 13 since TOM JONES. Well, we did but I just wanted to say TOM JONES one more time. Could have used some Pia more than another song by Beyonce or that Spiderman thing.
Time to find out who 122 million Americans voted for. The Season 10 American Idol is … but first Steven Tyler sings “Dream On” with the entire Nokia Theater audience. Then another commercial. So much for finishing on time, it is 8:57.
Time to find out who 122 million Americans voted for. Lauren Alaina looks like she is hyperventilating. The Season 10 American Idol is Scott McCreery. I don’t think I have ever seen a performer lead American Idol from Hollywood to the end. And then, as we should have expected, Scott McCreery gave all glory to God. A fitting end to American Idol Season 10.
Scott McCreery cannot even sing his new single he is so overcome with emotion and then at the end he collapses onto the floor in tears.
Thank you for joining us for American Idol Season 10 as One21music followed the Christian musicians on American Idol. Thank you Ashton Jones, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina and the Season 10 American Idol–Scott McCreery. It was a wonderful season.