'Idol' Top 3 'in it to win it'
May 18th, 2011
10:01 PM ET

'Idol' Top 3 'in it to win it'

I don't know about you, but I don't think I need to ever hear that phrase again.

I do believe that this is going to be one of the closest "Idol" Top 3 we have ever had. For the most part, really strong performances from super-talented contestants tonight.

After the final performance, I think Haley  will be out tomorrow night, but I've been wrong before. Your thoughts?


soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. GH

    She's out... and nicely set up by the judges last night. They knew Haley couldnt hit the low notes of Alanis. But what other chick could belt out a Zepplin tune like her??

    Two miserably ordinary finalists. A million of those out there already.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pearl

    I think Haley's going to win because she is a performer. The other people just stand their and sing country music. She is a entertainer.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roger

    iYou may be right but i hope not, she is my choice to win. I dont think the song the judges pick for her was a good choice for her voice or style and it showed. After all there talk about picking the right music to each contestant i cant figure out why they chose that for her.

    May 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peter

    Lets go HALEY u have been my favorite and u bring great performances every night i like the other contenders but at towards the end haley is my american idol!!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Klynn

    Haley is amazing everyone is hating on here! She Should and Prob will win! She the best on for american idol this year!

    May 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    I think this is the WORST top 3 to date on Idol! The best people have already been voted off. Its a popularity contest now, i think scotty is about the worst singer on that stage with ZERO talent. If simon cowell was there half of these singers wouldnt have made it this far....just a joke anymore!

    May 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blue

    Hope it will be Scotty and Lauren left tonight.

    May 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gman

    Hey Steeeeeeeeevie, do you eat with the same mouth you talk with? Just wondering, now go to bed like a good boy and STFU!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Gman-either I'm entering some kind of fugue state and posting here, or some prurient 14-yr old knucklehead has decided to get their juvenile kicks at my expense. Sorry.

      May 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gman

    Hey Kroach, it is good-bye, and one word for you, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa At least all of you that hate country still call it music! For the most part I can understand every country song that is written and sung, much better than the crap you hear from the Heavy Metal that THINK they have what it takes!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kroach

    Yep, first James then it'll be Haley. this is my last season for the Idol which is truly for country music lovers and teeen watchers who dial hundreds of times for the best looking. First Adam last year then James and probably now Haley. leaving 2 country singer who only sing country. I hate country music, but love Johnny Cash :-) good by idol.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    I love to take a monster meat stick in da pooper! I wanna pump da plump rump of u gay chumps with my little stump! See ya!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mr. AL

    Haley is the better singer and performer and much more of a presence that either Lauren or Scott , if she goes home tonight then it is a fix .

    May 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dogs rule

    Haley is obnoxious, "Scottie" is repulsive, and Lauren is extremely forgettable, but at least she is cute to look at. What a pitiful collection. James was the only one with any charisma! Doesn't matter who wins this year: they will all be forgotten in a month. The winners: James, James, James and Casey all got voted off by unintelligent American teenagers!
    Only reason Scotty/A.E. Neuman is still there is because everyone in his trailer park and the Tractor Supply store voted 1,000 times each! He'll be a good act at the Sa'rdee nite all yuh kin eat bar-bee-que!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kroach

      100% correct! James was the winner. After seeing him go I decided this is the last season of Idol for me. Last year it was Adam, this year James. I think I'll stick with 'So you think you can dance' :-)

      May 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. blondie

    Why did Scotty sing the same song all three times? Boring. You're going home boy!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. piaformia

    PIA should be the on there. But they had to let her go early, as to pave an easier road for Lauren. I believe a lot of the show is fixed as well. I believe the votes matter, only when in agreement with the judges.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. fred

    Lauren is the least charismatic. I predict 1. Scotty 2. Haley 3. Lauren. Scotty gets all the tween girl votes in the finale.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      Correction: Haley is obnoxious, "Scottie" is repulsive, and Lauren is extremely forgettable, but at least she is cute to look at. What a pitiful collection. James was the only one with any charisma! Doesn't matter who wins this year: they will all be forgotten in a month. The winners: James, James, James and Casey all got voted off by unintelligent American teenagers!

      May 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. itssifixe

    Great answer journalgir1. Steve's an idiot.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. journalgirl

    Hi Steve- I'm just saying that I think the show can be manipulated by the judges and their comments. I think one vote per contestant would be good but ATT makes money on the texts. I know my opinion is but one among many and it's nice to be able to blog about it. Thanks for acknowledgement Steve, I respect your opinion as well.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Hey Journalgirl,

      You're certainly correct that the judges comments might sway the voters, but that isn't tantamount to the vote being manipulated behind the scenes in some nefarious plot by AT&T and 19 Ent. Neither party stands to gain anything by the better or more popular contestants getting eliminated sooner, or worse yet, getting caught fixing the outcome.

      Thanks for the civil discourse, sorry to get preachy!

      May 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. so what

    Well of the 3 left, Lauren has my vote! She is a sweet,down to earth kind of person,with a beautiful voice! If she doesn't win I will be sad, but be thankful that she made it to the top 3. Good luck Lauren!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. NIC

    I have been watching AI for years and this season definitely had the best talent pool in years. While I like Haley, I think her personality is what turns me off the most. You can tell she doesn't mean to come across as bratty but she just is. Both Lauren and Scotty are both so young but they have grown throughout the season. At this point the final show will be great no matter which singer goes home tonight. All three are great entertainers and will have the opportunity to get a record deal if they choose to continue to pursue a music career. I think Lauren has the most potential overall based on her voice and personality.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Steve

    I am a flamin fairy and I love to pound da gayboyz in da poop chute! I am always lookin to schlob da knob. Any of you pillow biters wanna hook up and pack some fudge?

    May 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. LaurenFan

    Lauren all the way!! Seriously! She WILL outsell Carrie Underwood. Plus nice to boot?!!! What?!! Go AI!! Great job this year. LAUREN FOR THE WIN!!

    May 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Lauren is a lovely young girl with oodles of potential, but it's a little premature to compare her to Carrie Underwood.

      Gotta love your positivity, though.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. journalgirl

    I don't care for Haley, however, that said, it seems everytime the person we think will get kicked off actually wins. I think it's fixed but that's just my opinion.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      By what rationale do you conclude that it's rigged? Are you aware that it is in the best interest of the producers for the most popular contestant to get the most exposure? You know they make money from the success of the contestants, right? Perhaps you should consider the possibility that your opinion, while completely valid, is but one among many.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. HaleyFAN

    Go Haley! Love you, and hope you win it!

    May 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  25. lemmesy

    Lauren ROCKS! and will ROCK long after Idol judges treat her unfairly! GO HAILEY! :)

    May 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Cb

    Randy, Randy, Randy you got stop saying "in to win it" sooooooooooo much. So over it!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. @bigdog

    You didn't mention Glee! lol which is ironic because it's the ga-y-est show on the network. But on the contrary they also air the 700 club with pat robertson telling people that all the natural disaster are the result of a growing gay community. And having said that don't act like I'm just making this up. FOX IS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE NETWORK OF ALL! MORE RIGHT OF RIGHT THAN ANY LEFT OF LEFT NETWORK "LOOK IT UP". COME OUT FROM UNDER YOUR ROCK AND LOOK, LISTEN AND LEARN! try thinking outside of your own empty box. I know i offend religious bigots! but why get offended by truth? isn't that what you tell yourself you live by everyday? Pi-as, pom-pus A-Ho!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  28. @Big dog!

    Be honest dude! you're the one who thinks scotty is so cute. Just admit it. Don't act like some Catholic priest, admit that your a closet case, then we can discuss the truth!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. @A

    Lauren does indeed have a nice voice. But Scotty has a one octive range, which is lower for the average person, and way out of league for actual Singers! And you think he's "amazing" REALLY? you must be deaf, and blind 'Cuz he couldn't look more like Alfred E. Newman. (from the MAD Magazine) with his freckles, Big ears, and Big Teeth? I like Scotty even if it sounds as though I don't lol But he's been given a free pass every week by the judges (Randy, Tyler? You know better C'mon on now) J-lo, I can understand your ignorance thank god you're pretty. But admit it already You hate Haley!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. SO UNSHOCKED!

    Idol will never promote ROCKERS! it's Country or Pop only! SO GOOD LUCK HALEY!!!! YOUR'E SWIMMING UPSTREAM, WITH AN ARMY OF IDIOTS AGAINST YOU!!!! Maybe they should change the name to American Idiots! it would be more of an honest revelation!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. A

    There is something about Hayley that irks me. I think she's a good singer. She is definitely worth watching as an entertainer. She too in your face for me. I think she would be a good match for broadway. I think Lauren's voice is excellent. It sounds natural to me. Scotty's voice is amazing, but he gets boring fast.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Not surprised!

    The reason they are so hard on Haley is because the network the show is on is an extremely right wing, conservative network. And rockrs (Haley included) often go against the grain of conservative views. This is also the same reason Sotty and his single octive range get undeserved praises week after week. And Lauren also has been taught (brainwashed from the day she was born) to follow these same conservative views. Hence the uncomfortable feeling saying the word "evil". I love people who are not afraid to think for themselves or outside the box. And Haley definitely Rocks outside the Box of general robots, like Scotty, and Lauren!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Dog

      A) FOX - Home of the Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad is conservative??

      B) The top vote getter this season - Has been Scotty. No matter who goes home tonight, Scotty wins thanks to all the girls that think he's "Sooooooooooo cute"

      Personally I want Hailey to stay, because she sings better than Lauren and she's more fun to look at :)

      May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      That's reaching. If politics dictated the judge's comments, they would have heaped a lot of criticism on Adam Lambert.

      It's more likely that Haley strikes them as a little disputatious and defiant, and they feel comfortable taking shots at her that would reduce Lauren to tears.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blogger

      Never thought of it like that but you are Sooo right! Fox has always been that way. they won't push away a cash cow like Home of the Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, or Glee. But for the most part they are for Big business and conglomerates, and not for the people or civil rights. it's all about money with these guys!

      May 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Garryb

    It's about growing & evolving,..Scotty really did well & knows his path, Lauren knows her's as well,.. unfortunately,..I'm torn with Haley...I think she should of stuck to pop music & didn't do the growling,...

    May 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. nraged79

    Let's all be honest, until the voting on AI is restricted to one vote per number,the results are biased. Also, Randy and Jennifer have consistently criticized Hayley and praised Scotty, Lauren to sway the final two. I wonder how many truly talented individuals, more so than the final three, were turned away at the preliminary auditions to allow air time for the idiots who dress up and sound like crap. To get this far on American Idol has very little to do with talent and much to do with luck.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Garryb

    Hey Ben Dover,..do us all a favour with your rude comments,..& shove your head up your s,..

    May 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Garryb

    Lauren & Scotty,..a no-brainer,..Having Haley's dad on stage was a xtra push that the otrher two didn't do,..It's not American Idol & family,..It's about singing & feel for 16 years old,..Lauren has a huge future! As does Scotty,..Haley will do great on Broadway....

    May 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. snow white

    Haley's gotta stay. She proved the best performer last night. Scotty is the man – great and cute, as for Lauren, she's been wonderful but something just kept her "very safe" last night with the song choices. I wished she would have belted out more powerful notes. I would have to say Scotty and Haley to the finish line, but unfortunately Lauren is proving a little too childish and demonstrating toddler and tiara type of pagentry.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  38. dre aggie

    James Durbin was the best of the lot. But Haley was awesome last night. Come on America, She did Zepplin, Fleetwood Mac and Alanis and did them all very well. No one else left could pull off the range that she showed last night. Scotty was good but each one of his songs might as well have been the same song. Lauren was good but had numerous errors. The moment was too big for her. But again, Durbin should've won the whole thing by a landslide. Maybe it's better for him. Now he can sign with which label he wants and for as much as money he can get.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  39. NC Mom

    I think the ountry vote will be split, and Lauren will win and be up against Haley.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Since multiple votes are allowed, the voting is not necessarily "split". The die-hard country fans and rabid Haley-haters probably cast votes for Lauren AND Scotty.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dez

    I've had more fun watching paint dry than hearing Scotty, he's good but limited ever so shallow. Laurin is cute and beautiful voice:) needs to mature. Should have been Haley, paul and pia:)

    May 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      What? Paul...really? Pia was a statue needs to learn how to entertain...Paul is entertaining but quirky.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  41. rosethornne

    I never watch anything live, so I don't put up with commercials and boring stuff. That said, I listened to all Haley's songs, several of Scott"s, but I don't remember being able to tolerate even one song beyond a few measures, by the other person. I could look on this board and see her name but that would be cheating; there was so little impression I honestly don't recall her name even after so many weeks. Don't get me wrong, seems like a sweet kid with a sweet smile and a sweet voice and a sweet giggle etc, but nothing serious yet. As for Scott, again a really nice kid, though country music isn't my favorite – I just can't get past the weird george bush face he makes all the time. His own face is much nicer, he should keep it.

    Haley has them both beat hands down, for talent, grit, performance, and probability of prying money from my hands to buy an album.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • uverse rules

      I can't watch anything live. I don't watch much of Idol, but I listen. Hard as it is to listen to Haley, I listen. Just because I don't like it, I listen so I can tell you..... It is all subjective. I don't like country, but at least Scotty and Lauren are singing. Haley may be technically correct and talented, but it is lost in the growl. She has her fans and she can make a living, but she won't fill stadiums. Not saying the country kids will, but Haley just isn't what all her die hard fans think she is.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Pliny

    I'm glad that one of the judges on this insipid show is black.

    Because I can't tell the difference between the other two.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. sho nuff

    After last years disgraceful ending and this years elimination of james, nothing surprises me. All 3 of these chaps combined could not equal 1 james durban. And if scotty ever makes a video please shoot it in the shaddows!!

    May 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Peter

    I think Lauren is going home. Haley and Scotty have grown in their performances tremendously. I liked Lauren a lot till a 2-3 weeks ago, but she has not gotten much better since then. Haley & Scotty had the best performances last night. Who will win next week may come down to song choices.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. tooelemom

    Scotty is just sooo boring and his facial expressions are terrifying. Lauren is just soo fake and usually screws up something in every song but gets lavish praise. Of course, the dumb blonde thing worked for Kellie and Carrie. Haley is far and above the best of this group; not necessarily the best of the top 11. For some reason AI wants a country winner. I agree that country is hot at this time but I'm not sure these two country cuties will do the trick for them.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Joseph

    Haley is the most talented, Scotty the most magnetic and Lauren has a beautiful voice. Too bad Lauren is so young and hasn't developed an artistic musical mind....too bad the general public is left behind by some of Haleys song choices...so does that leave Scotty who will have an amazing country career anyway?

    May 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  47. brazil

    Haleyneeds to stop growling but shes going to do what she wants even as a artist she cannot take cconstructive criticism she keeps blaming randy since the begining ,and scotty has a great voice ,personality and lauren can sing beautiful she i sweeter than apple pie and aint rude like hot head haley

    May 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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  49. Ann

    By the standards sets thus far, Haley, who is by far the best of the three contestants remaining, will go home. All of the best performers are already gone. The semifinals was totally boring and the song choices for all three of them disappointing. Several of the better singers did not even make top 24. The save was used prematurely on Casey (loved him) and it should have been used on Pia (loved her). James had a pretty bad week (loved him) and I think he left prematurely. All three remaining are just not (by far) the best 3 of America. This makes me SURE the votes are not public.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yeah, and Osama isn't at the bottom of the sea, we didn't land on the moon, and the mafia wacked JFK.

      The fact that your favs are not winning does not prove it's rigged.

      Do you honestly think they would have allowed Taylor Hicks to take it all if they didn't have to?

      May 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • den mom

      @Steve – LOL, good point on Taylor. There was a lot of talent this year and like it or not we have who we have. I'm pretty sure we'll hear a lot of the names in the future. I liked Casey and don't feel the wasted the save at all. We all know everyone but one goes home in the end. This is a tremendous opportunity for all of them, those with the most ambition will make something of this experience.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @den mom – Spot on, although sometimes I worry that we're not doing these young artists any favors by throwing them into the reality television meat grinder this early in their careers/lives. Seeing poor little Lauren struggle to maintain her composure up there gets kinda hard. No doubt it's a great opportunity, but at what cost? It is especially hard to read the mean spirited, throwaway comments that anonymous jerks make in forums like this. If those were my kids, I don't think I could take it; I'd spend my life looking up IP numbers and finding people to punch in the nose.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  50. martyName*

    By by Lauren, should have been James and Pia

    May 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ruth

    I am suprised at the way the judges try to sway the vote. Did anyone else notice. Why is it that Scotty and Lauren both were told of the judges pick song in front of a crowd and Haley found out in a car, alone! How about last week when the contestants were doing there video calls home. they only showed a few secs of Haley and went into deep detail of the others. And why did Scottys parents get to tell him how proud they were and the other families were left in the dark?? Things do not seem fair at American Idol this season.

    Anastasia is right the songs give to Haley to sing were a lot more dificult than the others. Again the judges are swaying the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Haley is the only one I would vote for. She is the only one with real talent.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The judges have been more critical of Haley, but they've really gone easy on all of them.

      Perhaps the producers were protecting Haley from a poor showing in Chicago by shooting her segment In the car.

      They did let her bring Dad on stage to perform, (he played quite well actually). That raised her likability factor, a boost she needed after arguing with the judges on several occasions.

      Note to future contestants: Study Kellie Pickler's response to all criticism. The endearing thing to do is just smile and apologize. Debating and justifying only makes one look combative and petulant.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • noone

      Could it be that the judges are doing Hayley a favor by bringing her down a notch so that she can grow into a great star? She won't achieve that without a few public failures - she comes across as narccissistic and willl do much better in the long run IF she looses.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Name*tom

    Scotty sucks ......heshould go.......haley rocks

    May 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  53. myfav

    Haley and Scott in finale. Get over it. They are all very talented and have careers in their future. More power to them for reaching their dreams. Good luck to all

    May 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dez

      I agree, I am happy for them all:) life changing experiences is well deserved for them.

      May 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  54. charlie crack

    @frida- GET EM'!!!! @i cant belive is not butter- let the fans enjoy, your not being mean or anything but if they want to watch AI, thats their fun, let em' indulge and have a good time talking about it. No biggie.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Anastasia

    Was wondering if anyone else noticed that J-Lo seems to have a bit of the green eyed monster when it comes to Haley? I thought it was really classless of her last night to declare Lauren the winner, before Haley even had a chance to perform her last song...and while I thought Lauren did a beautiful job with I Hope You Dance, it is a much easier song to sing than You Oughta Know...

    May 19, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      I could not agree more !!!

      May 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      I agree. She's had it out for Haley since the top 10 started. Haley rocked and should win this thing. I like country music but I don't want to listen to either one of them(Scotty or Lauren) on my radio anytime soon!

      May 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjjj

      I totally agree. How can you declare Lauren the winner before hearing Haley sing....especially since YOU picked the song Haley is about to sing. That obviously shows JLo didn't think they picked a good song for Haley. When Simon was around he looked forward to this round to pick a song for the contestants and see how they preformed. JLO is more annoying than Paula ever was and I would like to know why she doesn't like Haley. Steven and Randy both gave her a standing O after the first song, but JLO refused.

      SIMON COME BACK!!!!!!!

      May 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • snow white

      Yes agree Anastasia. What JLo said was uncalled for and truly unfair. There is something between the lines that JLo does not like about Haley, and it's not right. JLo should be keeping her own judgemental personal reasons to herself. I sure wish that she was judging differently.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      If you get a chance to hear JLo sing live, you'll know what her beef is with Haley. She's a gifted dancer, and an accomplished actress, but she should let her hubby do the singing in the family. Haley's somewhat closed off demeanor probably made JLo think that Haley knows she's the better singer of the two.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • allei

      I totally agree with you Steve. Jlo is a good performer but not a good singer.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. brian

    Enough with the country crooners if they ever tried to challenge themselves they would have been booted off long ago haley should win out of these 3 but I think the winner is in the recording studio making his first platinum album

    May 19, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  57. Damon

    I think Scotty will be out and the women will fight for the prize...

    May 19, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  58. mark s

    For the first time ever, I watched American Idol last night. I never cared for that loser Simon Crowell. Also, Lauren is from our hometown. I think Lauren has the best voice and potential prospects of the three. I agree with Jlo on that. She,s got my vote.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  59. larry

    I want James, I hate Haley, she loves her self way to much!!!!!!!!! stuck up *****

    May 19, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      James is already a winner :) Haley knows how good she is..that is not being stuck up. However, the best singers in this contest truly never made the top 24. I do not understand the criteria they used in their picks, but they were way off. :(

      May 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      ms snotty haley ,is being pimp my niegal the producer, he wanted james out cause haley is his fave he said on twitter.he wanted her in thats why they cheated on the votes...

      May 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dez

    Hypocrite!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  61. joe

    Go Scotty go, I agree Haley is by far the least talented of them all, but she is cute and unfortunately we all know that is the deciding factor for most Americans.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @Joe – Haley's style may not appeal to you, but are incorrect in your assertion that she is less talented than the other two is biased by your taste. Talent is a measure of potential, so we can't yet be sure how much of if any of these youngsters have. As far as their current skill level goes, Haley has more power and contol with Lauren in 2nd place. When it comes to market appeal, Scotty's low-end note scooping is idiomatically on the money. He needs to develop his high end and stabilize the long notes, but he would be the easiest of the three to write songs for and market.

      About the looks issue: if it's all about physical attractiveness, how did Katherine McPhee not win her season?

      May 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  62. ER

    Lisa Respers France is awesome and incredible ! I wish CNN would give her a show. Her opinions and comments are much better than the people on their regular entertainment show. Plus she is nice.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  63. sheenius

    NERDS!!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  64. Dez

    Like I said country....... is country. Heard one, heard them all. Honestly Steven Tyler is a legend and he was exactly right when he said Randy and Jennifer were wrong. He knows what's up and has for a looonnng time. Haley is real!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      @ Dez, if you remember Steven also said from day one Lauren will go all the way. Haley has talent but she wont hold the crowd long term...unless she is in a group.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Steve has been calling Lauren out as the "one" from the auditions. I think he might have got this one right!

      May 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dez

    Really!!! Lets see how many ya'll buy of laurins and Scotty's cds. They don't have near the talent as Haley and if you told Haley to sing country she would do better or as well as the other two. Now tell the other two sing the variety that Haley can. That's talent!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @Dez-Yes, Haley has greater control, technique and power than the other two. Unfortunately, that does not make her the most marketable.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • A.W. Baimun

      Haley already did... go back and listen to "Blue". She wasn't even a contender then, and still sang circles around the "16 year old chosen ones".

      May 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  66. jackie

    Hayley screaming and growling is on my last nerve but I liked her performance with her dad but I think lauren and scotty will be in the final

    May 19, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  67. sal

    Lauren – WINNER!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  68. sal

    Lauren - Beautiful voice. LOVE her.
    Scotty – Nice voice. But just a tad boring.
    Haley – Like her but couldn't stand to listen to more than 1/2 a song.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  69. Steve M.

    I agree. Haley will go tonight. Scotty will win it all.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  70. pia fan

    Haley will win. Scotty is horrible! Haley has a natural talent. Mia your wrong!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  71. Steve

    Scotty does the male country thing as well as some successful recording artists. The problem is that, from the standpoint of vocal execution, artists like Kenny Chesney have lowered the bar; they perform well and do catchy songs, but scoop all their notes and seldom hold out any long notes. He'll do well in country, but can't handle songs like "She Believes in Me" that require 1/4 notes and longer at mid-tempos.

    Lauren has potential but is still quite immature, vocally and emotionally. That's okay for female country artists who write their own stuff (e.g. Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert). But for the most part, the female country scene is historically dominated by more mature artists (think L. Womack, T. Yearwood, F. Hill). This is because most female Nashville tunes are considerably more demanding than their male counterparts. Carrie Underwood was ready,... Lauren is not.

    Haley has significantly more control and power than the other two, but is also stylized to the point of affectation. This is why she us such a polarizing contestant. Those who say she "can't sing" are mistaking their (completely valid) personal taste for an objective assessment of her ability. I agree that she falls back on the growl too often, but the same criticism could be made of James' high notes.

    It's anybody's guess who will win. Post-AI, Scotty has the most clear-cut path to a recording career. With the right guidance Lauren could do well. Despite superior fechnical ability, Haley may be the trickiest to find a sweet spot for. With a voice like hers, she ought to play an instrument and write her own tunes. She's attractive but doesn't move well enough to present pop like the women she seems to admire. Perhaps fronting a rock band like Grace Potter and the Noctournals would be the best route for her, but AI seems to churn out "solo" artists more readily.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  72. ben dover

    hey lauren, have another hit on the jib

    May 19, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  73. ben dover

    hey lauren, have another toke

    May 19, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  74. ben dover

    all hailey has to do is put out to stay in

    May 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  75. Dez

    Haley is hot, unafraid, talented and strong willed. Not very many come back to idol and make it this far. Those songs last night were very difficult as far as lyrics and artist. Wasn't her best but when she's on it, she's on it! Go haley!!! Country... is country

    May 19, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  76. mejazzbo

    I don't know how anyone can begin to predict the outcome. The voters are extremely fickle this season. The 2 top contenders aren't even in the contest anymore. C'est la vie...

    May 19, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  77. machogeek

    Scotty rocks he can sing anything

    May 19, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  78. Idolfan79

    I think Lauren is the most talented of the final three. She is the most consistent and let's be real – most bankable. Scotty sounds the same in every song. He might make one record and that's it. I don't care for Haley at all. She has been all over the place and I have no idea what kind of artist she is. Song choices have not been great for her.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  79. Andi

    I believe shocker Haley and Lauren in the finals. Or Scotty and Haley with Lauren going home. Tough call either way. All are great. Would lke to see Scotty win.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  80. Frank

    People of the United States of America,Austria and the World,
    I want to correct what I meant to say in my previous rant.
    I meant to say Arnold's LOVE CHILDS BABY MAMA's picture.I have nothing against the child since he is an innocent in all this stupidity.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  81. big Al

    Out of the final 3 who will have the stamina and the strength to continue on as an artist you should ask yourself. Lauren lacks the maturity and confidence but my gut feeling is she will win. She carries herself as a sweetheart. Haley carries herself with confidence and maturity. Haley will get my vote in the overall scheme. Scotty is just too squirrely for me.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  82. Frank

    People of the United States of America,Austria and the World,
    After seeing Arnolds LOVE CHILDS picture in the NY Poat this morning a couple of lines from his movie "Predator" come to mind.
    1) "What the HELL are YOU"
    2) "You're one UGLY MOTHERFU........."
    There is no way in HELL if I were married to Maria S that I would have screwed around on her even if I had the chance and I have been told by women other than my wife I am a reasonably good looking for man of my age 60.He hard to be on drugs or something.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  83. Trific

    May the best man/woman win! Last few times when the wrong one won, you never hear from them again and the 2nd best always came out with more hits. These three last ones standing are all good, but maybe LAuren will take the trophy. Good luck to all three!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  84. Ned Smith

    Heres my song: "Goodbye Haley, Goodbye Haley, Goodbye Haley, so HAPPY to see your spoiled, screeching, full of yourself , talentless body go"!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  85. pjm

    I think it should have come down to pia and lauren in the finally.. haley trys to do to much with her voice.. She should do broadway or somthing.. pia gets my voted! but sense she is gone i want lauren to win. she could b the next carrie with some guidance!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  86. charlie crack

    Let the people who want to discuss AI have their forum, only right. Take the unintelligent, hateful, ugly comments elsewhere please.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  87. Melanie

    Saying that Haley, the girl from my hometown is going home has been the trendy thing to say since sliced bread was invented, so I'm not surprised you would take the safe route as usual.. I'm saying that Scotty (Young G.W. Bush facial expression wannabe) will be the one going home and we will have an all girls final with Haley WINNING! How do you like them apples? And what will my prize be when I'm right? Afterall! I'm not the one getting paid for this, so I don't have to say what everyone expects me to say because I'm afraid of being wrong and looking foolish! :P

    GO HALEY! I love underdogs, especially if they live a few blocks away from me.. For 2 consecutive years we will have winners who live walking distance from me.. Literally! ;)

    May 19, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ned smith

      Sorry Melanie, but Haley's supposed boyfriend Casey, has MORE talent in his little finger, than she has. She should have been gone a month ago!!

      May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  88. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Did anyone Smoke the Iraqi Marine Donkey being returned to the U.S. as a Theraphy Animal,now that was a great and happy story.Smoke looks better than Steve Tyler after wandering in the Iraqi desert for years.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  89. Fran

    Enough with James he is gone!! He wasn't that good anyway and all he did was cry!

    May 19, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  90. Fran

    Haley Rocked Led Zepplin last night! Scotty is good as a country singer and will do well in Nashville. Sorry but Lauren is just another cookie cutter singer with nothing special to offer there are a million just like her out there. Haley takes chances and puts it out there and so far has done an awesome job! If you want another ho hum singer than vote for Lauren. The real question here is would you buy thier CD's? Haley=Absolutely Lauren= No way Scotty=Perhaps
    GO HALEY!!

    May 19, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      You might be surprised. I actually hope Lauren wins it all....It will give her the time she needs to grow. It will also free the other two to work on their careers sooner. In the long run though I bet Lauren is going to go the furthest. Time will tell!

      May 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  91. I am

    No James = no show. Until next season.....

    May 19, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Down on Idol

      Finally someone who said it all. Haley should have gone home a long time ago. She has not had on consistant week. One good song, one terrible song. She's a screamer. I guess Randy and Tyler like the screamers. Jennifer, well she just likes everybody. We need Simon back, at least he was honest. Tired of "baby", "in it to win it". Judges need to be honest not sympathetic.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  92. buzz

    Haley came thru with her songs last night and is versitile. Pia is a one trick pony- as is scotty. Lauren can sing but not mature enough yet to grasp some of the songs material (last week and her teheeing around the word evil?)

    May 19, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  93. Aria

    I agree with Big Al and Mia^ Haley would be much more interesting in a full concert than the other two, by far. But it looks like she was getting pushed out last night. The songs weren't right for her. She is unusual and interesting, more so than the other two.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  94. TED

    I hope Jasmine Trias wins this year. She is the really cute Hawaiian girl several seasons back. Can I vote for her ?

    May 19, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  95. LaurenRocks

    Lauren has the chops and is a natural. Haley screams too much and its getting old. Scotty is a one trick pony and when he steps out of that deep voice he sounds forced and shaky. Scotty's performances made me wanna go to sleep. ZZZZ He will do well in country though. Lauren can go either way, country or pop. Haley just needs to go...

    May 19, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  96. AuntieMame2

    Another tough one America! Wow! They were all very good, but I think it's Haley's time to go (actually, I think it's past her time to go). She seems to be screaming more than she is sing ing these days. I think it will be between the two younguns' with the edge going to Lauren, even though both of them are REALLY GOOD. This has been one great AI season. Gonna be hard to top it next year.

    May 19, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  97. Mia

    I think Haley will be out tonight. I thnk that Haley has a different sound but she has really struggled with song selection. Even with the song choices that were provided for her last night, it just shows that no one really seems to know what to do with her voice. Hopefully if she gets a contract after the show they will find some song writers who can write songs that better fit her voice. My guess for the winner is Scotty. Not that Im personally a fan but he seems to be very solid.

    May 19, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  98. birdseed

    hoping for lauren and Haley in the final. I didn't enjoy Scotty at all. boring and that Kenny rogers song was too much for him

    May 19, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  99. Bearme01

    Revisited the videos of Pia – she was /is way beter than the top 3 is now, even then – and could easily have won if we knew then what we know now,

    May 19, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  100. lma

    Ya know, Scotty is charming, but if you don't see him he is not that great. Lauren is sweet and will go far. Haley has talent and by far the best stage presence. Love Haley. I hope she is in the final 2!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  101. charlie crack

    Haley's hot! I have no idea about AI...... My girlfriend watches it, I can't down any of em' for chasing their dream. To be in top 3 would be a honor

    May 19, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  102. xfm

    Watch the top ten, not just the top three.
    Jennifer Hudson came in 10th; then she won 27 awards (including Oscar) for Dreamgirls.
    Daughtry came in 4th; his 2006 album is double-platinum.

    May 19, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  103. xfm

    It was a disappointing night. Reinhart was verrrry bad.
    Haley Reinhart- come on. Do you have any class at all? . A 20 year old chick who sings Led Zeppelin and House of the Rising Sun? songs for stoners in the 1970s? – WHY are you singing this?

    May 19, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      People who call women "chicks" are the ones without class.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Idolfan79

      I agree with you. Why is Haley singing Led Zep? Totally ruined the song.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Because she is that talented ... that was the highest degree of difficulty on that stage last night ... she has now recvd a standing o from the judges twice ... those country crooners have not!!!

      May 19, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • xfm

      Ovation??? – they are cheerleaders, led by Head Cheerleader Lopez,

      May 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • FRAN

      Wow you people need to have your hearing checked! haley was awesome last night! Lauren is good but a snoozefest I wouldn't buy her CD's where as haley that girl kicked azz and why not a Zepplin song? At least she isn't just another cookie cutter boring singer. You people need to WAKE UP!

      May 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Nana Bolini

    Haley should win. Judges gave Scotty and Lauren easy songs and they performed soso. Haley is a natural even when she gets difficult songs, and she always gives it her all. She is by far the most talented of the 3 but most talented this year doesn't mean winning.

    May 19, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      I thought so too ... the judges gave Hayley are far more complicated song to sing. I almost felt like they were trying to set her up.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      Oh yeah the judges did Scotty a real favor giving him a Kenny Rogers song. Most of the kids voting don't even know who Kenny Rogers is.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Canuck

    For seeing Haley naked. Did you guys see Beyounce ? Wow those are some legs !!!!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  106. ben wrong b 4

    Well people lets face it the true winners are not around anymore first theres pia who really shouldve won it all then its james hes a shoein well wrong there now im sorry scotty but if you dont win it somethings wrong oh wait thats what i said the other two oh well i hope all thref have great carrers and thats the purpose of idol anyways take no names and makem stars

    May 19, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  107. MattB

    I want to see Haley naked!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus barrio

      Win!!

      May 19, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I'm sure you will. There are probably pictures floating out on the net somewhere already. If not during the tour look for the nearest strip club....she might be found dancing on a pole near you.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Christopher

    Haley was the most versatile, she challenged herself the most, and came through with all her 3 songs. As wonderful as the other 2 are, they were bland compared to Haley. Haley's performance took the most skill. She deserves to win this night. I hope she stays. Although, I still think Scotty will have a automatic country career that will be incredible. I'm
    hoping Haley and Scotty are the top 2. Lauren is wonderful, and keeps on growing. Haley is already there.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  109. Mark S

    I would see Lauren in concert. Scotty? No way. BORING.
    Haley – Never. Her voice grinds on you.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      Agreed...Lauren leans country, but has the ability to do more. Scotty might be a great opening act but I would not watch a 2 hour concert. Haley the same, maybe an opener but that rasp and growl gets annoying. Sadly, I think the more well rounded talent was eliminated early. Lots of talent this year though. Next year the judges need improvement..why so PC? These kids need honest feedback not just to hear they are beautiful, good job baby, and dawg.....

      May 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  110. GH

    After tonight, it all comes down to... who would you spend money on for a 2 hour concert?

    May 19, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      It sure would not be Scotty ... it would be like listening to same song over and over and over ... :baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low" .... Even his dad can do it ... not that hard ... Haley has taken on the most challenging songs of these three and deserves a shot at the finale!!!

      May 19, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Bdo

      Nobody. I don't know. Look up Monte Montgomery you guys. None of these people are actual musicians and Monte is one of the best guitarists ever. Why he isn't as popular shows that America doesn't have a taste for real talent.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  111. Mark S

    Lauren has the most natural and gifted voice. She is flawless. Don't like Haley.She has her moments but I would NOT enjoy seeing her in concert at all! Scotty has a VERY limited range. Good country singer though. Lauren has it all. My vote goes to her.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      now see, Hayley is the ONLY one I would pay to see. I'm actually excited to see what she will do with her career.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      True! Lauren is good, the best voice left but I wish she had waited a couple of years before she auditioned. She'll be so much better in a couple of years. Haley always sings the wrong songs. I rarely hear her sound good. Growling isn't singing.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Lara

      I love Lauren! She's someone that'll just get better as her voice improves. Haley, I want to like because I'm from a neighboring town, but I get frustrated with her song choices. I love scotty, but the only reason why he's still on is because he is being cheered on by a bunch of 14 yr old girls... I just feel that he's not an American Idol.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nort0216

      If Lauren is so great why has she ducked the power notes on every song she sings. Her performance of the Righteous Brothers fell completely flat...even Jimmy remarked about it. She does not have either the vocal range or confidence to go for the sustained high notes.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  112. dm nash

    Scotty's lame version made me appreciate Kenny Rogers talent even more (before the facelift, of course), the others were passable karaoke. Haley notched another "moment" with most inspired song pick of the night w/Zep & 3 song difficulty level. Judges still seem to have it out for her with wrong pick of Alanis song & Jimmy picking Rhianian is questionable too – both too identified w/artist & not really vocal showcase songs – however, more known songs. Lauren had 3 pretty solid song choices & soaring vocals. Girls in the finale & more versitle singers. Haley picks up James vote & country split sends Scotty home......pleez

    May 19, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • xfm

      No, Don't expect an all-girl finale. Fantasia/DeGarmo was the only female final, in season three.

      May 19, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Haley Fan

      I thought Haley's choice was brilliant and so was Jimmy Iovine's choice although I would have picked a different song I think she did Rhiannon well and always thought Haley could/should do a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac song. The judges pushed Haley (which I think was unfair) with the Alanis Morissette song. They didn't push Lauren or Scotty both did predictable songs (all country)

      May 19, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • MARILYN AITKEN

      SCOTTY I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE YOU ON THE GRAND OLD OPREY STAGE THAT IS WHERE YOU BELONG

      May 19, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  113. GoHaley

    I haven't seen tonights performances yet but someone's gotta defend Haley! She's is way better than the other two and I don't mean to demean the other two because they're really good too. But her performance of "I who have nothing" was one of the best performances of the season. For me only James and Haley have had performances where I've wanted to watch them back again. Both of them have had a couple of bad ones, Haley's "Earth Song" being possibly her worst. But it should've been a Haley/James Finale. If Haley's not in the Finale it will be very boring I predict.

    May 19, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Al

      I will defend Haley. Imagine being at a concert, Haley Brings it ALL to the stage. Think of the standing ovations, House of the Rising Sun, I who have Nothing, and the Led Zeppelin performance tonight. Lauren has a truly amazing voice, but Haley delivers chills the the spine. Think how much she has grown this season. She is a professional, she is an Artist, and She is an entertainer. Sorry Lauren, your time will come, It's Haley's time. And her time is right now!

      May 19, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Haley Fan

      I agree Haley is by far the best one left on the show... It should have been a Haley/James finale that would have been awesome. If Haley goes home I WONT be watching the finale which will be as boring as Scotty and Lauren are. They have done nothing special all season. yeah they have great voices, but Haley ROCKS! I just love her. If Haley goes home tonight then that's the end of Idol for me (forever)... After the season 8 debacle I didn't watch season 9 and only came back to watch this season because of the new "judges" even though I miss Simon. I think he was the most honest judge they've ever had whether I agreed with him or not he was still honest. Steven and Jennifer love almost everyone except Jennifer is jealous of Haley. Randy is o.k., but I still miss Simon can't wait for XFACTOR!

      May 19, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  114. D

    Scotty was all over it tonight!!!! The Guy is a natural. We will be listening to Scotty's music for a long time.
    Sorry to say I cant see that happening for Haley. The growling and raspy voice is starting to wear on my nerves.

    May 19, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • twiddly

      Scotty is a one-trick pony. He was boring after the first week.
      Haley continues to grow and surprise. She will go far no matter what. Scotty and Lauren will fade away.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • blue

      Let me start out by saying I really like country music but I dont get the love for Scotty, particularly from the judges. I honestly think 2 of his 3 songs sucked. I miss Simon's honesty instead of this false praise. Haley was the best by far in my book.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dsmith

      Blue, I miss Simon, too. When a performer sings half a song out of key and gets praise from the judges????. Come on.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  115. Deb

    Sorry but I am just not into growling and rasping into the microphone – Haley please go home. All 3 will most likely get recording contracts regardless of who wins but Lauren needs that career guidance that only the Idol producers can provide a 16 year old talented young girl. She has sooooo much potential and got all of my votes tonight. Scotty will get picked up before next week is out – he does not need to win Idol and Haley should become the lead singer of the Casey Abrams Band. Please VOTE FOR LAUREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      Could not agree more. The growl is forced and over done. I think she has talent and can sing; however, more times than not she over sings. I liked her Led Zepplen and think it was a risky move that helped her out. All three will have good futures from here. I voted for Lauren several times. I fear being able to get in and vote that many times might mean bad news for Lauren tonight!

      May 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Jason

    You people need to clean out your ears. Haley was the best by far. She is much more mature and I imagine she will get some of the voters who had been voting for James. I do not see those voters voting for one of the Hee Haw contestants. Lauren was horrible tonight and you can tell that Randy and Jennifer were giving her false praise. We see how well that worked for James. You also have to realize that the country vote is being split between Scotty and Lauren. I am sure Haley is one of the final 2. Lauren needs to pack her bags.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      Totally agree. Hayley is brilliant, creative, and just a special special talent. I know she won't win because of all the "country" love ... but if it were my pick ... Hayley would win AI.

      Scotty certainly has a voice ... as does Lauren ... but they're a lot more boring.

      May 19, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tabski

      really jason? haley is the best? are you def? she might have moments but its too few to have her staying there. at best haley is a karaoke singer. james, kc, jacob and pia is far more talented than her. if you cant see that then you must be in denial terribly.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Dsmith

      I agree Jason....Haley is the best. She has took on a lot harder songs than the rest. She has done Blondie, Janis, Stevie and Alanis, and done very well with them. Those are biggies.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  117. Jo

    This is a really good song and voice.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR8-a6EkixA&w=640&h=390]

    May 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  118. sylvia

    SCOTTY YOU ONLY KEEP PROVING YOURSELF AND THIS WEEK WAS THE BEST.I HONESTLY THINK IT IS TIME TO SAY GOOD BYE TO HALEY SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GONE LONG AGO..EVEN BEFORE CASEY OR JAMES BOTH HAD GREAT TALENT .SCOTTY HAS BEEN MY PICK FROM THE START OF IDOL

    May 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiddly

      Stop using all CAPS, that is just rude.

      And oh, by the way, Scotty sucks. Lauren is just ok. Haley rules.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Haley is by far the most talented of the remaining 3 ... she is the only one of this group to get a standing ovation from the judges and that has happened twice .... GO HALEY!!!!

      May 19, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Frida

      To I can't believe it's not butter...were it not for levity & some simple pleasures n life, we'd all
      go insane. Don't like Idol? Don't watch it. So many problems in the world? Do your part to make the life of someone else a little bit brighter, smarter, or a liitlebtut healthier. In the time it took you to write this post, you could have delivered a meal to hungry person. Stop complaining-start doing some good!!!!

      May 19, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      Yaaay Sylvia.........Scotty has been my favorite from day 1 – it's time for a good old country boy to have a chance – I respected James for his courage and probably, if the background and challenges were counted and not so much emphasis on singing, he would be a real American Idol. He's had a lot to overcome – and did it remarkably – but Scotty? Down with screaming rock!!! and that includes YOU Steven!

      May 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coolness

      I agree with frida.
      who says we can't be concerned with the readings about current problems in our world around us and also enjoy reading about topics in entertainment? What's wrong with CNN posting something people find interesting to read? It is news after all. They aren't the red cross, you know.

      May 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  119. MThome

    For all of you that were hating on Scotty last week he killed it this week!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiddly

      Yes, still hating on Scotty this week.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Scotty is spoken country word at it's best – but not the next american idol!

      May 19, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dsmith

      I agree with Chris. Scotty is NOT an American Idol. And my personal opinion is that he slaughtered the last song.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      i HATE country music !!!
      Its pretty obvious that either Scotty or Lauren will win since they have all the creepy country music fans voting for them.
      BARF !!!

      May 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Peace

    Hey Lisa, I'm still thinking it will be Haley going home. We'll find out tomorrow!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

      I have to agree with you Peace.

      May 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Al

      I will defend Haley. Imagine being at a concert, Who would you rather see perform for 2 hours? Haley Brings it ALL to the stage. Think of her versatility and the standing ovations,... House of the Rising Sun, I who have Nothing, and the Led Zeppelin performance tonight. Lauren has a truly amazing voice, but Haley delivers chills the the spine. Think how much she has grown this season. She is a professional, she is an Artist, and She is an entertainer. Sorry Lauren, your time will come, It's Haley's time. And her time is right now!

      May 19, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • i cant belive is not butter

      So many issues in the world. And this is the topics you pic cnn.....wow ....you guys are relly trying hard arenttt yalllll

      May 19, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Eileen

      So what was up with Haley having her Dad up there with her....and the wind machine? Didn't see anything like that for Scotty or Lauren.....I think she's going home tonight. She was good on the first 2 songs, but even the judges said she was "good on the chorus" on the last one......the chorus does not make the song. She just has too much "tude" for me...

      May 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrskool

      I am praying for Haley to win !
      She probably wont but i think she's the most suited to represent American music
      Scotty is a dork and Lauren is boring

      May 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @Eileen – Haley got tongue-tied in the first pre-chorus of "You Oughta Know". The verses were too low for her. Since the choruses were not at the top of her range, I don't know why she didn't take it up a 1/2 step. Odds are the guitarists pushed for a guitar-friendly key, and she caved. Regardless, she still executed better all evening than the other two, even maintaning her composure after taking a header on her first tune.

      Letting her dad play and giving her a little breeze hardly makes up for the way Randy and Paula have beaten up on her for weeks.

      I'll agree that she needs to work on her interview skills; she comes across cold and detached at times. Just remember that what you perceive to be "tude" may be nervousness, though.

      May 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Den mom

      @ Steve....What, Paula is back????? How did I miss that?

      May 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Great dancer, attractive, weak voice at best...Yes, I'd say Paula is back.

      Well, at least Jennifer appears sober.

      May 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • allei

      Lauren & Scotty have beautiful voice no doubt about that, but I think Haley is the most versatille among them. I believe the three of them will eventually become recording artists.

      May 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |

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