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?