'American Idol:' Top 3 Homecoming Plus Judges' Choice Song Spoilers

by Hilary Rothing, posted May 16th 2011 3:15PM
Get ready for the annual tear-fest as the 'American Idol' Top 3, once a mere grocery bagger, high school student and amateur jazz singer, returned home for a hero's welcome, this past weekend.

No longer able to walk the streets of their respective hometowns without a sobbing fan shoving a body part and a Sharpie in their face, pleading for an autograph, the Idols finally came face to face with their new found fame.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was an eventful reunion for the Top 4. That's right, James Durbin, though out of the competition, had plenty of fans, something like 30,000, awaiting him when he returned to Santa Cruz on what is now known as "Durbin Day." As for the remaining 'Idol' contenders, it was a whirlwind weekend that will hopefully inspire and revitalize the Top 3 as they hit the final stretch.

Scotty McCreery was treated like the country equivalent of Justin Bieber, with his hometown of Garner, NC dropping $60,000 to accommodate 30,000 fans gathered to celebrate the seventeen-year-old's homecoming. It seems a good chunk of that cash may have gone to local law enforcement, who were forced to block off Scotty's neighborhood, where fans were staked outside the McCreery home.

The former grocery store employee stopped by the Lowe's Foods, where he used to work and joked around with the staff while brushing up on his bagging skills. Afterwards, he made his way to Lake Benson Park, where the mayor gave him the key to the town and proclaimed May 14th, "Scotty McCreery Day."

While performing onstage for thousands of screaming fans, Scotty, to his surprise, was joined by Josh Turner for an impromptu performance of "Your Man" aka "Baby, lock them doors and turn the lights down low..." As for what the judges chose for Scotty's crucial performance this week, it's Kenny Rogers' "She Believes in Me."

Underdog turned top contender, Haley Reinhart began her homecoming weekend in Deer Park, IL with a stop at the AT&T store, where she signed autographs and chatted with some 200 fans. Afterwards, Haley returned to Wheeling High School, complete with a police escort. Inside, the Top 3 finalist took questions on her 'Idol' experience from approximately 400 fans, all wearing "Haley" T-shirts.

The Wheeling Village Hall was the next pit stop on Haley's hometown tour, where she performed a few songs for local fans. The weekend culminated in a performance at Arlington Park, before 30,000 fans, despite the dreary weather. Haley was joined onstage by the folks responsible for her musical talent, her parents, Harry and Patti. Expect to hear Haley belt out the judges' pick, Alanis Morrisette's 'You Oughtta Know' this Wednesday night.

Georgia's own Lauren Alaina kicked off her homecoming with a visit to the local Chattanooga FOX affiliate followed by a stop at the AT&T store. Lauren then led a parade through the city, featuring two local high school marching bands before arriving at her alma mater, Fort Olgelthorpe Lakeview High School where she was greeted with a banner reading "We Support Our Lauren Alaina!"

Lauren, whose mentioned the tornadoes that have wreaked havoc in the South East several times on 'Idol', paid a visit to Ringold, Georgia, an area hit especially hard. She then led another parade to Coolidge Park, where the mayor gave her a key to the city and the young finalist performed a few songs for her fans. Next week, get ready to hear Lauren sing Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," at the judges' request.

What are you thoughts on the Top 3's return home and the judges' song picks for this week? Let us know in the comments and vote for your favorite in our poll!

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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ecasey300

I agree with most of the comments. Lauren definitely was given a great choice of son. Scotty's range will definitely be tested and I think could put him in jeopardy and I don't know the song Haley was given but obviously by previous comments other people know the song and think she is going to be in trouble with it. I have also found that to be true in past Idol semifinals and finals. I always like Kris Allen and I know people think he should have lost but the song that was chosen for him in the finale was out of his range and I think the Judge knew it when it was chosen. They built up Adam Lambert from the start and that's probably why he didn't win. People don't want to be told who to vote for. I have noticed that when a contestant becomes too confident, that is their down fall. I just wish them all luck at this point. The voters obviously like there three or they wouldn't be where they are. :)

May 18 2011 at 12:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
morganlove1125

I think the judges want Lauren to win with the picks they gave the 3 of them. Her song has got to be by far the best pick. I feel just sorry for Haley's pick and Scotty he'll turn up the heat and bring it but Kenny Roger's isn't in his vocabulary. It's going to be interesting to see this weeks show. Go Scotty! NC is behind you 100%

May 17 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul Winger

I am SO TIRED of this tired old, flaky tarnished Idol presentation. When I heard the producers sold Idol last week, I knew it was going to be wound down... for good reason. I'm anticipating the new shows like x-Factor and completely new platforms like Coming 2 Hollywood (see coming2hollywood.com and see the premier in August on sjLume.com/trailerviews).

May 17 2011 at 3:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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finelto

Paul, this show should have been long gone..Just watch "The Voice". The worst singers on that show, put these talentless kids to shame..I am sorry to say...Please, please, cancel Idol.. The show has run its course.

May 19 2011 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat

Haley's song IS pretty awful, but so are Lauren's and Scotty's. Theirs are just boring, which might be worse than scandalous.

May 17 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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finelto

I agree 100%! They are all pretty talentless. I am so upset that this show has really stooped to the lowest of levels..the judges are ridiculous, and are so obviously pimping Scotty and Lauren. They will be soon forgotten, whomever wins this!~!!!! Haley is ok, but has turned people totally off with her attitude, and rudeness. She will never make it in the business. The phony sultry, sexy looks are such a turn off. want to throw up..ugh.....

May 19 2011 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Marilyn DeHaas

This choice of Alanis Morissette's 'You Outta Know' for Haley is an additional effort by the judges to sabotage Haley's chances. I'm no prude, but how inappropriate is that song for the American Idol show? Have you seen the lyrics to that song? This is an outrageous. I couldn't even post those words on this site because they would be censored. Disgusting. Not to mention that the song would not be well recveived even if cleaned up. I smell a conspiracy.

May 16 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Marilyn DeHaas

This choice of Alanis Morissette's 'You Outta Know' for Haley is an additional effort by the judges to sabotage Haley's chances. I'm no prude, but how inappropriate is that song for the American Idol show? Have you seen the lyrics to that song? This is an outrageous. I couldn't even post those words on this site because they would be censored. Disgusting. Not to mention that the song would not be well recveived even if cleaned up. I smell a conspiracy between judges and prosducers.

May 16 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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