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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It is sickening to hear the terrible tone of some of the naysayers that have written in about Scotty and Lauren, two young people with a great deal of promise for the future. Anyone in the music business knows that when most young entertainers are inspired by someone that they want to model after and therefore tend to sound like and to sing some of the same tunes. If some of these negative people knew anything about the above they would understand the similar sounds to other star entertainers. Even the stars in country like George Jones said when he started he copy Hank Williams Sr., and Josh Turner said he modeled his songs and sounds after Randy Travis. Everyone going into the music business models their early efforts after some model. That being said, let the young people like Lauren and Scotty have a fair chance at their pursuit of a chance at stardom in their chosen field of entertainment in this free country. Lets leave the terrible attacks on their wonderful young careers. The terrible attacks on these young entertainers remind me of the terrible racism, and secular violence these same people have most likely been so much against in the past. Wake-up hate is hate, they is no excuse for it.
It's not 'SIKE', it's 'PSYCH'!
Haley is nice and hot, I hope she does Playboy, I really want to see how she looks splayed out on the page. OOH wow, pure wack'n material.
No finale for me.....Scotty looks like howdy doody...Lauren...a big yawn! what is wrong with America anyway...and the bias on the judges part was so bold and so obvious....Alanis Morrisette?????? Are you kidding me???? I have thought all along that this show was fixed...now I know for sure! Could Lauren or Scotty have done that song??? You tell me... There is no way in H*** that Scotty and Lauren should be the top 2 finalists with all of the talent there was this year! Just goes to show you that people just have no taste when it comes to music! Why dont we just call this show "Redneck Idol" or "Country Idol" ....American Idol should be about all genres of music....not just one...a well rounded and talented contestent should be able to pull from any genre of music and sing it well. Scotty can do one type of music and one only...and he sounds the same no matter what he sings...Lauren is just plain one dimensional and boring....WHAT IS WRONG WITH EVERYONE!!!!! I am just so disgusted and aggravated with obvious bias and fix.
the problem with the winners–and most of the teenagers on Idol–is that they are boring. They haven't lived life much and their song choices were generally safe and boring so I can't see much in their futures. It is a shame all the contestants with the more adventurous choices such as James, Casey, Lauren and Pia fell by the wayside. Yeah, I'll probably watch finale but without much enthusiasm
So much negative stuff out here...I'm surprised you are all still watching! I knew from the hometown visits who was going to be "in" but come on, it's a contest. I think Hailey was the most improved of the last 13-but she didn't even get in that by America's vote, the judges put her in! Hailey has a lot of talent and I'm sure she will have a career in music but when you are trying to get votes nice and humble are going to win out if when everyone has talent. I've loved IDOL this year and 95 million votes says I'm not the only one! I'm generally a country fan but I loved David Cook–and Adam Lambert certainly is on the "weird" side but full of talent even though he didn't win–but I'm looking forward to a night of country!
can't help feeling last night's judge & producer picks were yet another sabbotage job on Haley and nail in coffin. Over the years, a song like Stevie Nick's Rhiannon (and even Alanis' You oughta Know)have been considered along with songs of Celine & Whitney taboo material that is better left alone as too highly identified with the original artist & style. I seem to recall that being the comment when in a previous year someone actually chose Rhiannon – not judge/producer – possible Brooke White?or last year?- and got slammed. Not only did Haley manage to NOT be a clone on Rhiannon, she made a pretty solid stab at Alanis that judges knew wasn't a fair song on a VOTING night-no matter who was singing. A few weeks ago, they had her sing a song that nobody had even heard of -unless you've seen Gaga live – for god sakes! Fair? Not in the least. But Haley did that well too. Just simply unfair for vote purposes. Hats off to you Haley for the most inspired song selection for yourself – and several, among the few "moments" this season (James & Casey others + jazz duet w/Casey)- valiant effort against all odds!!!! ie.team AI staff Continued success! (tip 4 judges – betters songs for Haley in material by Joan Osborne, Joss Stone,Sheryl Crow,Lucinda Williams, Florence/Machine,Peggy Lee.Pink,Norah Jones,Macy Gray,Phoebe Snow,Carly Simon,Joni M. etc)
Since they're set on the "marketing" aspect instead....here's a few truths of past track records in Country for teens. #1 Guess Taylor Swift will need to sharpen her pen writing for any/all teen girls. #2 Not sure that LeAnn Rimes "ever" duplicated her early success on charts again w/Blue (done very well on AI by – who? Haley!) – Miley's had to deal w/backlash for growing up & rites of passage – Tanya Tucker's 1st & 2nd runs at hits were 10/15 years apart (also rebranded as tramp for growing up) – several by the wayside never to be heard again. #3 Male teen Country solo has had similiar if not worse history – last name I can even think of was Blaine Larson w/ 5 somewhat hits(I had to look up & only knew 'cause I worked in a record store & got the autograph no one wants), 2 cds before losing deal and last charting at #42 & maybe a 3rd release. Bobby Bare Jr. as a child dueting w/his father is still probably most successful and he's a bonafide indie rocker/alt. country now. Chris Thile was an instrumentalist in a band – so doesn't count. #4 teen groups in country have also been short lived careers even when good. Good luck with that nonsense. See, Taylor Swift doesn't sell because she's just a teen singer amongst pop teen singers – she's an artist/writer & ok singer, video phenom etc – but you're evidently not looking for one of those AI voters. Lauren should win and will have more success long term than Scotty – but will depend highly on the material rather than passing fad. I think I see a possible resurgence of regular duet partners though – that is, if they don't saddle them with a cute Donnie/Marie cover or likewise as solo artists or flame 'em out with over exposed marketing gimmicks.
A wannabe journalist covering a has-been television show. Isn't America great?
Haley just showed her mad talent with B-B-B-BBennie and the Jetssssss there at the end and wow did she do it proud emotional loss and all!
A shame we get no more next week. :(
The most wild interesting memorable crazy performer is going home. So many amazing songs this season. Now we will just have to wait more than a single week to hear more, that's life.
Haley held her head up, a good soul who provided us with a lot of memorable moments, congrats!
u are such a great singer and I love your voice so much. Your voice was the loveliest voice I've ever heard so far throughout this american idol season.. So unique , in your own way. I love to see you each week emerging as a winner. don't lose hope girl, God has already lunched you , just don't lose focus of him , stay close, he will surely finish his work in you. You are such a great talent, just keep it up.God will make a way for you out there. U've done a good job.
Sad day for Idol.
We now have for the first time a finale where neither of the top two have had a performance of the night for at least three weeks running while someone who has had a top performance of the night and for ALL three weeks running, at least, is not in the finale! Has someone ever had the best of the night for at least three weeks straight going into top two and not made it before?
But they paint a genuinely nice girl as a b and some fall for it and the judges pretend the Chosen Ones have never had a bad song for weeks and make Haley seem inconsistent (never mind oh merely winning the night for three or more weeks because naw that's not being consistent) since they'd go after her second best each night as if it were diseased (although often being very far from the worst of the night and sometimes close to the top) and the demographic is stacked to begin with.
Plus with the finale we sadly now know the outcome for sure already (unless they really do finagle the votes like the craziest theories claim). Haley at least would have been the talented does anything vs the country crooner now it is country vs. country and Scotty has just dominated the votes beyond belief so how can he not win (unless his fans suddenly think it's a lock and forget to vote en mass).
But best of luck to the two next week!
Hmmmm, Anyone else notice how crybaby J.Ho did not shed ONE TEAR after Haley was eliminated like she always does for the other contestants?
Not to mention the DAGGERS coming out of JLo's eyes... Wow Jennifer, can't you at least try a little bit to hide your hatred or jealousy or whatever it is you have against Haley? Maybe she's upset that Haley has had more iTunes downloads than her sorry-@$$'d lip-sync dance song. :)
Yes ironic how a certain crowd kills poor Haley for her reactions, despite crying during elims for others, and they get on her for daring to break a smile for a second at a sweet moment during and exit or to keep someone's spirits up or even to feel relieved for one second to have made it and then tonight everyone on stage was all smiles, aside from Steven Tyler, and excited about final two, and not that anyone should make a big deal about that, but if Haley did that wow they make up all sort of stories about how this proves she is such and such. Oh and then on some forums some are somehow still getting on Haley even tonight for 'acting wrong' when finding she was eliminated. What?!
Randy didn't even bother to comfort her he just focused on the winners haha and it was really just Steven Tyler (sadly the only judge I have respect left for after this season) although J.Lo got up there belatedly.
Not saying that you should necessarily read anything in to what any of them did but just how any of that would be spun against Haley by some.
Well tie me up like a hog and roll me in the mud. Another sweep for country music on Idol.
SCOTTY ALL THE WAY
The fact that Scotty was anywhere near the finals proves that America has no taste in music. What's wrong in even country music fans wanting quality music? But Scotty with that Deputy Dog impersonation? Don't get that one at all.
You are right “cyn gill”, I only wish the best for Haley. I only hope she is gone because there is a better deal for her than to represent “American Idol”.
I thought it would be better this year with Steven Tyler as a judge, but I guess it’s all politics…”Groupon” get lost…You are a jerk…Love, peace and happiness to everyone else…
This is going to be a boring finale. Haley rocked Benny and the Jets tonight!!! Lisa I usually agree with you (reference to previous post) however to think that Haley deserves to go home because she didn't sing well on the low notes on the Alanis song ,which the judges picked, is just ridiculous. She has had at least three "moments" this season while Lauren has had one which was her Aerosmith audition. Lauren hasn't been that good since. I really hope she brings it next week or we are in for a snooze fest. Let's face it...Scotty has skated by because of his looks.
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Unfortunately, it was difficulty for Haily, the bottom line is respect, for yourself first, N=Yours is not to criticize. the new phrase is to own up, and accept. Keep moving on in your fantastic character, better has come from it..Advice, Listen, don't roll your eyes, take it for what it may be. You are very unique keep it as your own, just consider respect for others. That was your minor downfall. If you keep that in perspective, you will be huge! someone who knows! love you, ..
Omg! @Groupon, this is NOT a site to advertise. Get lost, nobody is calling you. Geeze!
Idolfan – Lauren is no Carrie Underwood, not even close. And before you get on your high horse, II listen to some country. Scotty makes my skin crawl everytime he does the sideways look thing. As for voting – if they really tally them, 5 is plenty for anyone.
Big mistake tonight! Scotty is a nice appetizer and Lauren a good dessert, but the meat and potatoes was Haley. She had the talent. It should have been down to her and James or Casey. They truly entertained. Everyone sounds like Scotty and Lauren. When Haley fiinished singing tonight and the camera went to them it was like looking at boring and more boring. I won't waste my time watching next week. Who cares!
I won't watch the finale either. Lauren is becoming too nervous, it's hard to watch her. I know she's 16,and it's not her fault that she's a wreck. But she is. and Scotty, well he seems nice but I don't like that type of music
The top four this season are all adorable and lovable. I don't care who wins, because they are all nice, and they all sing great. Good job Lopez, Tyler, and Randy It's hard to find lovable people with the "X" factor
and you guys did it. I will miss this season when its done.
Michael, really, you should just stop talking now. Clearly you're a tone def stub.
I thought I was tone deaf when I listened to Haley for the better part of this year, but then I listened to other contestants with range and realized I was not. Don't get me wrong, she's good and will succeed in this business. But there's a reason she lost tonight.
It figures anyway...in 7 years (as I started watching in season 3)...I've only picked the winner once. David Cook. The rest were 2nd or 3rd place finishers...and one 4th...Love ya Latoya!!
Bad result. I'd say only 1/3 of the country enjoys country music. Somehow the country fans vote twice as much as everyone else. Limit the votes to 10 per line, solve the problem.
Just my point...Long live ROCK AND ROLL...
Lots of closed-minded, hypocritical people here tonight, I see. Has anyone here heard of a "ignorant redneck hick" named Carrie Underwood?
Yeh...she's great now...but I didn't vote for her then...she was boring on the show.
gotta blame the judges for allowing the country rednecks to even go to Hollywood
YAWN!! Wake me up when the nervous/shy girl beats the geeky/spaz boy. Love you Haley...I was rooting for you.
Haley showed so much class tonight when she didn't win. OMG, what a star she already is. Her version of "I who am nothing" was simply amazing.
Haley only really had one truly great week. Coincidentally it happened to be yesterday's show. I give her credit for improving as much as she did over the season and I can see her selling millions of records and winning Grammys. But I can also see Scotty selling millions and winning Grammys. Lauren might if she is steered in the right direction. But all could have won this season, and all could have gone home last week instead of James. All are talented, but some are more palatable. We remain with the more palatable two. That should not be a surprise.
All three are talented and should do well! This has been the best season so far, hands down! Can't wait to see the finale!
American Idol cheats!!!! Tell me why when I called 866IDOLS03 to vote for Haley last night that it kept telling me thanks for voting for contestant 1 when it should have said contestant 3!!!! Whatever
This whole thing is so rigged! Totally predictable from the beginning. One country singer is fine but what a boring finale! I don't think I will watch. Way to go Haley, she was the last talented one left. Too bad she was slighted the whole time. All of the most talented are gone but that's to be expected.
None of these three deserved to be there...we lost the best voices in Pia and James... Haley can sing but nothing special and 'Growling is not singing" its covering up the fact that you cant hit the note. Casey and her can make sweet growling together
Scotty's got a good voice, but is difficult to watch. ...and nothing special
Lauren needs a few more years under her belt.These three will disappear into oblivion..aka..Taylor, Ruben etc etc...Nothing special here folks....Bye Bye
Voting methods need to change to get this right for once
No more Idol for me. Way to drop the ball AI. At least Haley will get signed that much faster. I agree, I see a Taylor Hicks in Lauren and Scotty. Haley even writes her own music. She will be around a long time I suspect.
I hope she is. I agree with the Taylor Hicks comment.
She'll get signed faster only because she's eligible one week earlier. Not saying she doesn't deserve it, but you can't say the others don't either.
Just think,Alfred E. Newman could be the next American Idol.
They should rename this Redneck Idol. This was such BS. They gave the two Hee Haw contestants easy songs to sing and Haley the hardest. You saw after Haley's 1st performance yesterday after Randy and Steven stood up Jennifer would not. I will bet money after 1 album you will never hear of pudgy Lauren again much like Taylor Hicks. Scotty will do about the same. Not many young male solo country performers out there and there is reason for that. I see Haley putting out many albums in the future and many singles on Billboard. I will not watch at all next week. I am sure I will not be alone. After James gone and now Haley, Idol has no contestant for fans of rock. I will bet lowest votes for a finale ever next week.
Wow, what will America choose? Vanilla or maybe – vanilla? It's the "Aw Shucks" finale. How pathetic. Maybe Taylor hicks and Dianna DeGarmo will perform!
And with that, I'm done watching Idol this season. This will be the most boring finale ever. I honestly couldn't care less who wins. Lauren and Scotty are basically the same contestant. Lauren was great but her lack of confidence is going to destroy any chance she has of going anywhere. The business will chew her up and spit her out.
I agree. Most boring finale yet. I'm not watching it either.
You will watch. And you'll complain about the wrong person winning next week. And then you'll say you'll never watch another season. And then next season will come and you will watch that. And then one of the singers you like will go home and you will say you will never watch again. Then you'll watch the next week. And so on.
Actually I won't be watching, I'll be at work. I started watching after Haley sang "Piece of My Heart," and now I'm done. I haven't watched AI before and am unlikely to do so again. I'm not heartbroken or anything, I just think the other two are boring. They are good, just not my taste.
Lauren is sweet, but what a boring finale. Haley would have been a great contrast to Scott. No way Lauren can win this. Haley will have a huge career. Miss Haley already.
Seriously. I am going to be on vacation next week and I was bummed when I realized it was the finale. But now, I couldn't care less, lol. Haley was my fav all season and I am surprised idiots didn't vote her off sooner. Two country hicks?? WTH people? I know it's cause the same 4000 people voted online 24,000 times. Lame. I'm done with Idol forever.
Way to go redneck, hick, america. Scream it, scream your ignorance from the rooftops. 10 bucks says ratings go down next week cuz we all know McCreepy is gonna win it. 10 bucks says Haley and James outsell the top two.
Once again America totally gets it wrong. Should be called Mediocrity Idol
Ugh – I am not a country music fan and I love love Haley. Very disappointing.
I love Haley
AS I SAID FROM THE BEGINNING, SHE DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE WITH THE FRICKING KIDDIE BOPPERS! KMMFA. Absolutely hog wash LOL. Really, American Idols? Scotty, Lauren?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. SUCK MY AZZZZZ!
Just a note – the song is actually just called 'Anyway' not 'Build it Anyway'. Love Lauren's version of it even if I do sort of hope it's her that goes home tonight.
I'm not worried about any of these three. They'll have long careers no matter what. (Especially Haley)
Yup - of these 3, Haley was the only one with real talent.
It's a shame, but seems to be typical of Idol voters. Sheesh - what infinite idiots! (Unfortunately, not surprising.)
And there it is!! Yay!
It's a shame that with the caliber of talent in the Top 10 this year, Scotty is sniffing the finale. What do people see in this guy? He'll be another Taylor Hicks.
Holy crap – the crowds Lauren got! She might win this thing...
Just one of the differences between Haley & Lauren that most likely effected votes is that Lauren is much more likeable.
I hope Haley goes home.
When I watched last night, I felt Lauren might go home. She is my favorite, but I worried she was too bland. I really like Haley, too, though. She's different. No one sings that Alanis Morrisette song well...not even Alanis!
I am always wrong, though. I picked Adam Lambert–loved him.
what was that with Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent??/ that was painful to watch....
ike...you are cute. Wanna give me some pain up inside my doookie chute?
I think Scotty may be a genuinely nice kid. It will be hard to see any of them go. Hayley looks resigned. But they are all so talented – really the whole top 10 (and more) have been unusually good. Great season AI!
Let's face it – everyone has their own taste in music – but all genres have American Idols. It has been nice to see more talent this year and I am particularly drawn to those who understand "humble". This is a tremendous opportunity for all of them!
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I heart you back!
What a tough night...i think all of them are unique singers and that makes this years AI so interesting.
@Amy – Yup.
Hope Haley takes it all. She's the only quality singer left... the REAL talent, Casey, should've been there to the end but America shows year after year that it has no taste.
Yup to all 3 points made in your last sentence!
Oops - I apologize for the typo in your name, Scott.
Who are these guys? All I can see in one of them is an Italien Joey Lawrence....
Does anyone else agree that Scotty looks like Alfred E. Neuman?
OMG A E Newman your so right. I knew he looked familer...
That's what I thought the first time I saw him. I had to Google MAD Magazine to explain it to my daughter ... who totally got it.
They all have a lot of talent; best season yet.
I watch GayMerican idol for all the gayness.
Lol, yeah, Elle Fanning IS goofy...those kids look alike – how many frickin' Fannings are there, anyway?? Wonder if it's Haley tonight....should be, but who knows, she was pretty good last night. Should be exciting!
Scotty & Haley. I favor Scotty to win.
Agreed Marieo!! IM gay like you!! We should get together, pull down our pants and watch GayMerican Idol togethe.
I hope Haley is in the finale! GO HALEY!
Hey Lisa! This is exciting! 3 good singers, all unique in their own way. Anything can happen here! No doubt they all have a bright future ahead of them! Anxious to see who goes home tonight!!
CNN YOU SUCK!!! THIS HASN'T AIRED YET ON THE WEST COAST AND WITH A HEADLINE LIKE THAT YOU JUST GAVE IT AWAY. SPOILER ALERT MY A$$
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