Breaking American Idol News: Lauren Alaina Nearly Forced to Drop Out!

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Lauren Alaina was scarily close to missing out on her dream tonight.

The American Idol finalist suffered through a vocal chord sprain - akin to a sprained ankle, according to a physician - during rehearsals this afternoon. It was so bad that Haley Reinhart was nearly called in to replace Lauren on the finale.

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery

But a doctor appeared on stage at the outset of the program and told viewers he gave Alaina some medicine because she "blew out" her voice and he thinks she'll "do great."

"I'm here, I'm ready to sing. I'm fine, don't worry about it," Lauren said, hoarsely, on stage.

How will this affect the results? Are Lauren's title hopes dashed? Will the country vote for her out of sympathy and/or toughness? The finale is airing as we type and we'll post all the performances first thing in the morning. Such drama and suspense...

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gooooo guys go i love you both the same yall are great.Lauren glade you could sing yesterday we would have all been very sad.well good luck girl.!!!!scotty your just one fine guy but thats not the reason i like u i like u becasuse you sing COUNTRY and have never really heard a voice like that before well the real reason why im writing a comment is because i think you and Lauren would be just the cutiest couple ever you both can sing and both are COUNTRY as COUNTRY can get.!!!!!!!!!!!mean it well good luck to both will be happy for both of yall no matter who wins!!!!!!!!!!LOVE YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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She did GREAT! They both did, but I think the title should go to Lauren. Amazing how she blossomed so much in these last couple of weeks. Guess that pin Haley stuck in the neck of her Lauren Voodoo Doll didn't work so good after all!

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Thank God. that Lauren got her voice back. Lauren & Scotty were amazing. I would love to see these two do a duet. That would be amazing. :) Doest matter who wins. In my books. They are both GREAT WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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oh lord thank you for giving lauren an opportunity dont need that crazy girl haley or her ugly attitude up there again, we need real competition lauren and scotty.

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PLEASE LET THE GOOD LORD LOOK OVER LAUREN AND SCOTTY TONIGHT
THEY DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND BLESSINGS.

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Thank god!!!!! haley did not deserve to be in the top 5 let alone top 2 hopfully lauren will do well

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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