Following a vocal chord injury that left this finalist perilously close to not competing, Lauren Alaina took to the stage and told viewers "I'm fine." But she concluded the night a lot better than that.

Thanks to a concluding number of "Like My Mother Does," sang to her actual mother in the crowd, Alaina left an impression that had all the judges practically crowning her champion.

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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.

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It's down to Scotty McCreery versus Lauren Alaina on this week's American Idol finale. But the contestants themselves don't see it that way.

"We're friends. This isn't a competition, we're just singing our hearts out," Scotty told E! News, while Lauren echoed her pal's sentiment: "I think whatever is meant to happen will happen. I think if Scotty wins, I'll be happy for him because he's one of my best friends."

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We're down to an all-country finale on American Idol.

Following one of the more entertaining, talent-rich seasons in memory, the Fox competition has come down to a pair of contestants who total 34 years in age. It's the youngest final pairing in show history.

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Did Lauren Alaina ruin her chance at advancing to the American Idol finale last night?

The beautiful, talented singer stumbled during a key change on "If I Die Young," the kind of mistake that will either garner her sympathy from fans - or lead to her ousting, considering competitors Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery both had strong nights.

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Lauren Alaina got personal on American Idol this week, performing the Martina McBride hit "Anyway" because "I can really relate to it, with all the devastation in my hometown and the South from the tornadoes last week."

From there, the finalist did McBride and everyone who suffered through such a tragedy proud, belting out a cover that caused Steven to say she broke his heart and J. Lo to gush:

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Lauren Alaina was nervous about going for a high note last night.

Interestingly, what she felt were the toughest parts of "Where You Lead (I Will Follow)" - a Carole King classic that later became the Gilmore Girls theme - were actually where she was at her best. Maybe she needs to give herself more credit.

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After a lackluster effort a week ago, Scotty McCreery sought to expand the range of his delivery with his performance of "You've Got a Friend" Wednesday.

While imperfect, it was still a distinct vocal performance that showed improvement from the guy, and that won raves from both the judges and audience.

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Lauren Alaina Biography

Lauren Alaina Promo Pic Lauren Alaina hails form Georgia and advanced to Hollywood by singing "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing." She tried out for the show in... More »
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