There is no doubt that the season 10 finale performance night of American Idol brings not only great performances but also drama, especially on Lauren’s sprained voice.
But the 16-year old powered through, telling viewers she was “fine” – and then proving that to be a massive understatement during a three-song set that may have earned her the season 10 crown.
Lauren saved her most impressive performance for last, introducing the audience to “Like My Mother Does,” an emotional single that will be Alaina’s first release if she wins. She sang the concluding notes to a special guest in the crowd:
Jennifer Lopez couldn’t hide her feelings after this rendition. She labeled the track a “perfect” choice for Lauren and came right out and said it may have won her the title.
As for Scotty McCreery?
Not a bad evening by any means, but this aspiring country star lacked a signature performance.
He opened with “Gone,” and the ballad left the panelists speechless. But voters will be less likely to reward a solid version of a song they already heard this season from an artist.
McCreery then broke out the acoustic guitar for George Strait’s selection, “Check Yes or No” and followed it with “I Love You This Big,” selling it well, but only earning faint praise from Randy.
“I’m not sure it was the perfect song for you, but the range was great,” the Dawg said. “Dude, you know what? I’m proud of you, because you’ve grown during this contest, and that was a brilliant vocal.”
Overall, I think it will be Scotty.
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