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Shortly after the American Idol finale opened last night, and it was revealed that Lauren Alaina was having voice problems, Scotty McCreery left the judges speechless.

That's how good his rendition of "Gone" was to kick off the aspiring star's three-song set. It even topped the first time Scotty performed this ballad on season 10. Listen for yourself:

But will one top-notch performance alone be enough to carry Scotty to the title? His subsequent two cover were a bit of a letdown, first on George's Strait's "Check Yes or No" and then on the introduction of "I Love You This Big" to close out his run.

Even Randy couldn't muster up excitement for the latter, saying: "I'm not sure it was the perfect song for you, but the range was great. Dude, you know what? I'm proud of you, because you've grown during this contest, and that was a brilliant vocal."

Listen to both singles below and decide: Does McCreery have a chance?

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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."

That's sweet and all, and it's the typical refrain from the two finalists - but wouldn't it be a fun change if they actually acted like enemies one season?

  • Scotty McCreery Performs
  • Lauren Alaina Performs

Both young singers are from small towns, but both hope to make it big, likely within the same genre: country music.

"I'm going to go in there and try to make a country record," McCreery said of his future plans, win or lose. "That's what I love. That's what I've grown up with, and if that crosses over, great. But if not, country is what I want to focus on. Country music is hip. Country fans are loyal. They've gotten us here so we owe all of this to them."

Who do you think will win?

 

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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.

Who will come out on top, Lauren Alaina, who was considered a favorite from her early auditions? Or Scotty McCreery, the most consistent performer on a weekly basis?

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery

THG will be watching every song and anxiously awaiting word from Ryan Seacrest next week to find out.

In the meantime, we're asking readers to sound off: Who should be crowned champion?

 

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With Beyonce serving as his mentor, and with millions of eyes on him last night, Scotty McCreery all but assured himself of a spot in the American Idol finale.

The aspiring country artist went three-for-three in terms of impressive performances, kicking off this week's performance show with a strong ballad. In response to his version of "Amazed," Steven Tyler said what we're all thinking: this guy keeps getting better and better...

From there, Jimmy Iovine selected Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" for Scotty's next cover, breaking out the acoustic guitar for a version of the track that led Randy Jackson to compare the crooner to Garth Brooks.

Ridiculously high praise? Of course. But watch McCreery belt out this tune and also "She Believes in Me" below and it's easy to see why folks are getting carried away.

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The rocker is out, and three remain.

As American Idol heads into the final run of season 10, taking us to the hometowns of its remaining contestants next week, three distinct singers remain.

Idol Final Three
  1. Scotty McCreery: The all-American boy, seemingly came out of the womb with the perfect voice for country music. As consistent as any performer this season, but also as predictable.
  2. Lauren Alaina: Carrie Underwood, 2.0? A similar look and sound to the season four champion. An early favorite who has built up momentum each week.
  3. Haley Reinhart: The clear underdog. Has openly battled with judges, notably Randy Jackson, who have been critical of her recent renditions. Viewers have come to embrace her fighting attitude.

So, who will it be? Who should it be?

 

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Scotty McCreery pressed the right emotional buttons on American Idol last night.

First, the country crooner honored his country, putting on a simple performance of Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," an apt choice considering the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Steven referred to the cover as "beautiful," while J. Lo praised what Scotty "stands for."

It was McCreery's second song of the night, however, that caused Randy to say he was ready for "superstardom." You've gotta watch Scotty get hokey and hilarious while giving us his version of "Young Blood."

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Sheryl Crow can't wait for Scotty McCreery to move to Nashville.

Will he do so as the next American Idol? Last night probably didn't cost him any votes, thanks to solid renditions of country songs past and present.

While he couldn't quite do justice to Montgomery Gentry's "Gone" with his voice, he made up for it with a spirited stage performance. See it below:

Scotty McCreery then took on the Elvis Presley/Willie Nelson hit "Always on My Mind" for his second song of the night, and was much better vocally.

Check it out after the jump and see if you agree:

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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.

Watch him sing the Carole King song that James Taylor popularized here and tell us if you think he has the skills to make the finals of American Idol ...

Meanwhile, Scotty and Lauren Alaina sang their third duet of the season, and while they each sound lovely on their solo lines, together it didn't quite mesh.

At least we didn't think so. You decide after the jump:

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Scotty McCreery made us rethink putting him atop our American Idol rankings prior to last night. His rendition of "Swingin'" was alright, just not spectacular.

It was an odd choice, first of all, given that it's a John Anderson song from the '80s performed on 21st Century Night (yes, LeAnn Rimes covered it recently).

LeAnn's version wasn't a huge hit and neither was Scotty's. He had a blast and showed his considerable vocal skills, but somehow left us wanting more.

Were our expectations just too high? Watch and see what you think:

Who do you think was the best on American Idol? Vote:

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Scotty McCreery sang George Strait's "Cross My Heart" on Idol this week.

For a country singer to use George Strait, well, they're gonna have to be good, 'cause they're gonna be compared to George Strait. Did Scotty pull it off?

It seemed to us that he had trouble with his pitch sometimes, struggled with some notes and didn't exactly get a lot of favors from the American Idol band. 

But at least the judges are so nice. "I just love your voice. You picked the just right song," said Steven. "All I really want to say is wow," added J. Lo.

Not up there with James Durbin or Casey Abrams Wednesday, but probably good enough to stick around. Watch his performance right here and see ...

What do you think? Best of the night? If not, who was? Vote below:

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