american idol season 10
As we know you were anticipating, there was plenty of fire and explosions to help make sure we knew this was a James Durbin performance. All in all, he looked completely comfortable with the band and it was a great preview of the type of career he might have.
In a package on the most shocking elimination of the season, Durbin equated his own elimination to that of Chris Daughtry -- both wound up in fourth place.
With the addition of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to the judges' panel, and record industry mogul Jimmy Iovine mentoring the Top 13 every step of the way, some fans agreed with executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, who labeled this season's contestants the most talented ever.
Still others have bemoaned the light-handed judging of Lopez, Tyler and last-standing original judge Randy Jackson. No matter how you see it, it's hard to deny 750 million votes, the total cast during this 10th outing and the most of any season of 'American Idol' ever.
While Scotty has been consistent throughout the race, never hitting the bottom three, Lauren has faltered at times under the intense pressure 'American Idol' is known for placing on its contestants. However, after last night's strong finish, Lauren may have pulled a coup. Or is it simply a case of too little, too late?
Find out who the experts think will come out on top in tonight's two-hour finale extravaganza.
My day started at 9am doing the radio remotes with all the major pop radio stations in the nation. Good times!!! When I arrived at the Nokia Theater, I got in the elevator with Gordon Ramsay. He is exactly the same as he is a on TV - haha. Very into what he is doing.
After the radio remotes, I had a performance with a couple other past Idols for an AT&T pre-show event outside, followed by a television interview and finally to the finale performance show.
Alaina is reportedly suffering from laryngitis, and producers were so concerned about the state of her voice yesterday that recently booted contestant Haley Reinhart was brought in as a last-minute substitute in case she couldn't perform.
Luckily, she didn't have to withdraw, but the show's on-site physician reported that she "blew out one of her vocal chords" during rehearsal, and that he "gave her a lot of medicine" to help her perform.
According to Access Hollywood, the strain placed on her voice meant that Alaina had to resort to communicating via pen and paper at the post-show press conference last night. Her rival, Scotty McCreery, gallantly lent a hand, reading her notes aloud to the assembled reporters.
Nothing against Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina but we can't help it if 2/3rds of the 'Something Pitchy' crew thought tonight's finale performances were dullsville. Though MJ and myself thought one of the teens dominated tonight's show, we're all still standing by our predictions for the season 10 winner.
Spicing up tonight's lackluster hour was the pre-show drama surrounding Lauren Alaina's strained vocal chords. Was there a real possibility of Haley Reinhart swooping in to face Scotty or was it all just another clever PR rouse from 'Idol' mastermind, Nigel Lythgoe?
Find out what myself, MJ Santilli (MJ's Big Blog) and Rickey Yaneza (Rickey.org) have to say about Lauren's Laryngitis, Scotty going "Big(?)" and which teen will take season 10 in this post-Top 2 performances edition of AOL's 'American Idol' talk show, 'Something Pitchy!'
The 'American Idol' season 10 finale airs tonight at 8PM ET on FOX.
The final round of singing featured new songs that would become the respective singles of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, should they win the competition. But we have a sneaking suspicion both songs will get released, anyway.
McCreery was given 'Love You This Big,' which was a little kitschy in the title and premise, but allowed him to showcase both the low end and the higher end of his register; a fact that was appreciated by judge Randy Jackson.
The 'American Idol' Season 10 finale airs Wednesday, 8PM ET on FOX.
So Season 7 winner David Cook appeared with his band to close out the show by giving us a live performance of the single. On a night of country music, it was almost startling to hear his smooth rock vocals, but we quickly recovered and remembered how great he was on 'Idol.'
Behind Cook, we got a montage of memories from this 10th season of 'American Idol,' and it was bittersweet seeing some of our favorite moments passing by -- please come back next season, Jacee Badeaux!
The 'American Idol' season finale airs tomorrow night at 8PM ET on FOX.
Of course, we all knew there was nothing that could keep Lauren (or her mom) out of the 'American Idol' finale, and we were right. Ryan Seacrest addressed the situation at the top of the show, asking Lauren how she felt. "I'm here and I'm ready to sing and I'm fine," she said. Seacrest then called the resident 'Idol' doctor to the stage for a statement on Lauren's condition. "Lauren blew out one of her vocal chords (during rehearsal) so her vocal chords were really rough and sprained ... we gave her a lot of medicines and got her an emergency crew, she's gonna do great," said the doc.
With that said, let's get down to it, ya'll!
For the third round, though, Alaina managed to do just that with a perfectly suited song: 'Like My Mother Does.' In-house mentor Jimmy Iovine chose the song, which we're told will become her single if she wins the season. We have a feeling it might just get released even if she comes in second, though.
Ironically, 'Like My Mother Does' was first released first on Season 7 finalist Kristy Lee Cook's album.
The 'American Idol' Season 10 finale airs Wednesday, 8PM ET on FOX.
Sure, we could run down the season's top performances but it's really Casey Abrams burying his head in Ryan Seacrest's crotch and Jacob Lusk having a diva meltdown outside the audition room that we'll look back on with warm hearts when we reminisce over 'Idol's tenth outing.
'American Idol' Finale: Carrie Underwood and George Strait Picked the Songs, Bono and the Edge to Perform
Plus, veteran Irish rockers Bono and the Edge will take time out of their North American tour to perform on the results show Wednesday night with cast members from the Broadway musical, 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.'
According to 'USA Today,' Lauren and Scotty will each perform one song chosen for them by their personal musical hero. Specific details haven't been released yet, but we do know that Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood chose one for Lauren, and that the legendary George Strait picked out Scotty's.
"They're a little bit warmer, a little bit sweeter," Jackson said of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. He intimated that it might be because they are current artists, and perhaps can relate more readily to what it's like to be in the contestant's shoes.
Surprisingly, Jackson was willing to make a prediction as to this season's finale match-up between Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. First, he said that he suspected this would be the final two from the get-go. But then he said, "I think probably Scotty's probably got a slight edge; a very slight edge."
As for the rest of the show, we've got some info on what the producers and the 'Idols' have in store for the season 10 send-off, including a performance from one of the biggest rock bands of all time and some hints on what we'll be hearing from two of this season's Top 3 on Wednesday night.
The Top 3 finalist may have won viewers over after four trips to the bottom three, but the judges still gave Haley a hard time, which many fans and apparently some of her fellow contestants, took issue with. Asked about their unnecessary roughness, Haley said she took it all in stride.
"I believe their intentions for it, throughout this whole process was simply to push me along further because it was apparent that they liked to get me to where I could be at the top of my game, get me a little fired up inside so I'd come with something they really, really didn't expect or what not. It could go both ways, it's up to America. As far as if it hindered me anything, I mean, I got to Top 3, so that's quite alright."
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