May 18th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
10 p.m. – Two out of three judges give Round 3 to Lauren.
9:51 p.m. – So why did Haley get her song choice text while riding in the car in her hometown of Chicago (without a seat belt no less).
The judges select Alanis Morissette's "You Ought To Know." Haley gives it a valiant effort, and I felt like it should have been amazing, but I didn't love it.
Was it just me or was it all strange with Haley from how she got the news to her low notes that didn't reach the basement?
The judges hail her for delivery on the choruses. But was that Haley's swan song?
9:42 p.m. – Lauren gets her text message back home in Georgia, and she gets to sing "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack. I couldn't have picked better.
The little girl with the big voice lets it rip. She absolutely goes for broke with a few runs here and there. She gave J-Lo goosebumps (or as she says "the gooseys"), and La Lopez declares her the winner of the round before Haley even hits the stage.
9:40 p.m. – Dang, even Scotty is making fun of Randy's "in it to win it" mantra.
Scotty teases that his dad, Mike, has some pipes and is "in it to (fill in the blank)."
9:32 p.m. – Round 3 is judges' choice.
Scotty heads back to the supermarket in his hometown to get the news that they have selected "She Believes in Me" by Kenny Rogers for him. He hits those notes seemingly with ease.
It was sweet and Jennifer gives him a "good job baby," and Scotty's dad hits that "Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low."
That never gets old.
9:25 p.m. – My verdict on Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" video from the little they show us is that it's visually stunning and no one performs like B.
But I don't love the song.
9:23 p.m.- Blow the dust off, Neil Sedaka is in the house!
The consensus is that Scotty took Round 2. Agreed.
9:14 p.m. – For some reason, I don't remember Haley's audition as much as I remember Scotty's and Lauren's.
I think I had made a popcorn run or something back then.
I definitely didn't pick her to make it to the Top 3.
Jimmy selects "Rihannon" by Fleetwood Mac for Haley, and I am so feeling her doing Stevie Nicks. And not just cause Haley has the hair, which they remind us of by turning the wind machine on full blast.
She's on the stage with the dress and the hair blowing, and it looks just like a 1970s album cover.
For some reason, I feel like I am back in Xanadu. And yes, I know that was Olivia Newton-John, not Stevie Nicks, but that's what I think when I think ethereal.
9:03 p.m. – Jimmy finally gets his wish to see Lauren sing what he thinks is the perfect song for her, "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry.
She sure looks like a star out there on that stage. I keep forgetting that she is only 16. She missed her key change toward the end, but it was almost precious.
Wow, everyone is bringing it tonight. This is a serious competition.
9:01 p.m. - We have our first wardrobe malfunction - Lauren's pantyhose rip, and the makeup artist applies some glimmer to her legs. Ryan offers to help her.
I loved seeing Lauren's audition again - not that I haven't watched it a bizillion times online anyway. Lauren was 6 when she first watched "Idol," and she's all choked up over possibly making the finale.
8:47 p.m. – I love the flashback to Scotty's audition.
I loved when Steven Tyler cursed and Scotty said "It ain't nothing I haven't heard in high school, brother" with that deep voice.
Jimmy Iovine chooses "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" by Thompson Square, and Scotty is thrilled. Jimmy says that when Scotty makes his record in Nashville, there should be a touch of this record in there.
It's a great performance as he plays his guitar, but I wanted someone to raise the mic cause he looks like he is squatting a bit. Jennifer wants him to go back to the short hair cut for the finale, and Randy compares him to Garth Brooks.
We have another "in it to win it" moment.
8:41 p.m. – The common consensus seems among the judges seems to be that Haley took Round One.
Tyler says she got "her freak on." Dude is in rare form tonight!
8:34 pm. – Haley tells Beyonce she grew up listening to her. For some reason, that made me giggle.
Haley sings Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be" and her dad accompanies her on guitar. Adorable!
This chick is a major risk-taker, that's for sure. Beyonce says Haley is already a rock star, and I may have to agree. She operates on her own terms, and I have got to give her props for this one. She didn't even let a small fall during the performance throw her off (thanks J-Lo for reminding us that Beyonce has fallen, too).
Haley for the win!
8:24 p.m. – Beyonce offers Lauren a little Sasha Fierce advice to create a character to ease her nerves.
Lauren sings "Wild One" by Faith Hill, and she's looking sassy. She seems much more confident tonight than I have seen her before. Perhaps she listened to Beyonce and she was rocking some Sasha Alaina?
The judges dug it and feel like she really connected with the song, which was a good choice for her. I think it was so fun because that's a song she would sing with her bestie.
Steven Tyler says America is ready to be "all over" Lauren. Ummm, OK.
8:11 p.m. – I think Beyonce has thing for Scotty. She's clearly a fan and thinks he's cute.
He chooses "Amazed" by Lone Star. And Mrs. Jay-Z thinks it's smart of him to unleash his higher range at this point in the competition.
Scotty looks like he was born to that stage. Amazing that only a few months ago he was roaming the halls of his high school.
And he's holding the microphone normally!
He's got the crowd eating out of his hand.
8:06 p.m. – I'm not even going to lie - I have a massive girl crush on B.
She's just sooooo super sweet and has a career to be emulated. And she looks gorgeous when she meets the final 3!
8:03 p.m. - Right out of the gate, I need to know why there is a dude dressed like a pooch in the audience?
James got a hometown visit too and he looks well. We miss you Durbin!
Round one is contestants' choice, and their mentor is Beyonce.
8:01 p.m. – Wow, lots of people turned out for our trio. Let's go!
8 p.m. – The day has finally arrived!
Well, not THE day, but at least the day for the hometown visits for our "Idol" contestants.
We get a glimpse back to where the dreams began. They were so young, and it seems so long ago.
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