May 19th, 2011
08:05 PM ET
SPOILER ALERT – Tonight's "Idol" blog will reveal who is leaving the competition, so please don't read if you don't want to know.
8:55 p.m. – Haley seems pretty cool about it. She says this is only just the beginning.
Way to stay positive girl. She goes out singing "Benny and Jets" and changes the lyrics to mention Randy and J-Lo. Cute. The ousted contestants are jamming to her. She gets a big kiss from her daddy and a huge hand from her rumored boyfriend, Casey Abrams.
8:54 p.m. – Haley is headed home, and I think she knew. You could see it on her face.
8:53 p.m. – Our final contestant in the finale is ...
8:52 p.m. – And the first person safe is ...
He's so sweet, hugging the girls and saying "Y'all did good."
8:49 p.m. – Time for some results.
SIKE! After the break.
8:44 p.m. – Lauren and her mama look so much alike.
They are off to her hometown visit, and I loved the baby girl holding the sign that said "I Love Lauren." She's back at her high school, and she's so happy.
There's a somber moment when she sees the devastation in her hometown from the recent tornado. I lose it when she meets an 11-year old named Tyler, who saved his family from the wreckage. Lauren is so moved by him and says "I'm proud to be from Georgia, just like you." You know she just made that kid's year.
She sings "Build It Anyway" for them, and there's not a dry eye.
8:36 p.m. – We go home with Scotty, and I am crying right along with him. Folks at the grocery store are so happy to see him!
Seems like all of North Carolina turned out. Lots of little girls crying for and with Scotty. Loved it when Josh Turner showed up to surprise him!
Then it's time for some booty shaking with Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent. Hot!
8:28 p.m. – So this Italian group, Il Volo, performs "O Sole Mio," and they have beautiful voices and interesting hair.
I'll just leave it at that.
8:27 p.m. – Give a little kid a microphone and stand them up in a chair and they are sure to upstage Seacrest every time.
8:22 p.m. – Cute bit where Haley's big ol' body guard Aaron shows up on the "Idol" stage "crying."
8:20 p.m. – Haley heads back to her hometown of Chicago, and she manages to walk right past the "Idol" limo.
It's raining, but the crowds are still there going nuts. She even thanks one girl for freaking out.
She's got a MASSIVE "Idol" bodyguard with her. There's some sweet moments when she reunites with her friends and family. Then she's off to Wheeling High School where she sheds some more tears. More than 30,000 fill an arena to welcome her and she sings "Sweet Home Chicago" with her dad on guitar.
Back home after three months, and you can feel how touched she is because of all of the love.
8:08 p.m. – The crowd is going nuts tonight.
Ryan says more than 95 million votes came in last night, which is the biggest tally of a nonfinale show ever.
Hey JJ Abrams.
The Top 4 headed off to his Bad Robot Production company, and they check out scenes from his film "Super 8." That joint looks crazy scary and the final four contestants are almost jumping out of their seats.
They all receive Super 8 cameras to film their hometown visits. Elle Fanning from the film is in the audience, and she's kind of goofy.
The former contestants from this season are looking at her like she's nuts. Good times.
8:02 p.m. – Did Jimmy Iovine say there were 95 million votes last night? Seriously?
Jimmy says he believes there will be a guy in the finale. We'll see Mr. Iovine.
8:00 p.m. – We are less than an hour away from discovering who is headed to the finale. I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it.
I'm not even sure where that came from, but let's rock on!
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