The ‘Idol’ Top Three Fight For The Finale

May 19, 2011 8:20 am

Photo: FOX/ Michael Becker

Just a week before the season finale of “American Idol” the top three contestants were given their last chance to show America that they deserve to be in the finale. Quite possibly the youngest collective group to make it to the top three with Lauren 16, Scotty 17, and Haley 20, these performers have also out shined past performers with their raw talent, charisma, and genuine personality. All three can easily make it in their respective genre, and America shouldn’t be surprised when they all do.

Following up with last weeks Lady Gaga appearance and mentoring was Beyoncé, another music genius to help the contestants out with their first round song choice. Wednesday nights show had no real theme, except everything seemed to be in threes. They were given three songs with three different rounds, the first round the contestants had to choose a song they wanted to sing. For the second round, the contestants had to sing a song that the resident mentor Jimmy Iovine chose for them and their style. Lastly, for the third round the judges had to choose a song that fit each one.

Scotty McCreery.

Round 1:  “Amazed” by Lonestar. When Beyoncé worked with Scotty she had this to say “Scotty boy, that’s my boy… He is so incredible.” We all know Scotty has this wonderful low pitched voice that has become his staple, but for the first round Scotty showed his range and vocal ability. Scotty poured his emotion into the song while hitting the high notes effortlessly. Jennifer Lopez enjoyed it and said “you’ve grown so much as a performer,” While Randy Jackson loved it and said “at the end of the song I go wow… You look at the camera and I think that’s money.” referring to his star power presence. Grade: B

Round 2: “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square. Scotty brought his guitar along for this round, and also wore his heart on his sleeve when singing the very demanding lyrics. The judges felts he had brought some life experiences to this and all it worked to his advantage with the performance. Randy said “It was really perfect, right in your range,” and followed up with comparing Scotty to Garth Brooks. Scotty was also given best performance of round 2 by split decision. Grade: A-

Round 3: “She Believes In Me” by Kenny Rogers. Scotty did well with his last round performance and went back to his swooning ways. With him on a stool, and grand piano in the back, he spoke intimately to the crowd. Jennifer explained that it was the exact reason they chose that song for him. Grade: B+

Lauren Alaina.

Round 1: “Wild One” by Faith Hill. Beyoncé admitted to Lauren and America that she puts on this character when on stage, but inside she’s very nervous, and that Lauren had to do the same. The advice seemed to work as Lauren performed the song beautifully with what looked to be a new found attitude. “That fearlessness is what you have to have… You were loving it and had such a good connection with it.” Randy told her. The high school student was very happy with her performance as she returned to get ready for the next one. Grade: B+

Round 2: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. Lauren seemed a bit skeptical about singing this song because of its bleak lyrics, but she did like how although it was a sad song, it  should be sung in a light hearted tone. This was the the path she went with, and it turned out great. Jennifer complimented Lauren with “you have the most beautiful tone of our finalists.” Grade: A-

Round 3: “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. The judges gave Lauren a pop fly, with an “Idol” anthem that has been performed so many times before. However a pop fly can often be missed in the sun, or in this case Lauren’s sparkly blue dress. The arrangement was cheesy and very safe. It was not a song to finish off with. Was that her fault though? Grade: C+

Haley Reinhart.

Round 1: “What Is And What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin. For the first time in “Idol” history, a contestant performed with their parent, as Haley’s father shredded on the guitar. Beyoncé thought her choice was an interesting pick that showed she had guts and was taking risks even at the end. Haley had the crowd and judges going as the energy spread across the room, until she took a dive. As a true professional, she kept on singing and played off the fall very gracefully with an electrifying finish. After taking a poll, the judges unanimously gave the first round to Haley. Grade: A

Round 2: “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac. Jimmy Iovine chose this classic rock tune for Haley because of her front-woman demeanor. Her arrangement gave the song a somber feel that Randy pointed out. However she did as instructed by Iovine and built up the end where she belted a howl. Jennifer and Steven Tyler both felt it was a good contrast to her first performance. Grade: A-

Round 3: “You Outta Know” by Alanis Morissette. Haley’s song took us back to ’95, but her skin tight jeans and blue top brought us right back to 2011. Although she struggled to hit some of her notes, it’s doubtful that Steven, or Randy, or  anyone for that matter noticed as she strutted her stuff on stage. Rough parts and all, the judges loved the way she brought her old soul swagger to the chorus. Grade: B+

All three contestants deserve to be in the final, but one must go, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Be sure to tune in Thursday night for the results show where the top three show America how it was to visit their hometown.


*The opinions in this blog do not express the opinions of Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, Fox Television, or 19 Entertainment.