‘Something Pitchy:’ Most Boring ‘American Idol’ Finale Ever?

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!’

Watch the video at TV Squad

‘American Idol’: Scotty and Lauren duke it out in the Nokia, on the scene for the performance finale

In seasons past, the scene outside the Nokia Theater LA Live in the hour leading up to the performance finale resembled a kind of carnival of Idols past — Hey, it’s Anoop! And… that one kooky girl from Hollywood week! No, the other one! — with a general feeling of excitement and occasion stirring among the crowd waiting to get into the theater. Perhaps I’m just projecting my own indifferent indifference about the season 10 finale here (I simply don’t care about the fact that I don’t care), but yesterday’s scene was far more subdued in comparison. I did not catch sight of Idol alumni milling about the courtyard in the hope someone will recognize them; I felt no spark of anticipation bouncing around the multitudes as they calmly waited in orderly lines to get inside. Inside the theater, everything felt equally low key and orderly — save the brief glimpse I got of Mama Alaina looking like her body might at any moment turn itself inside out.

EW

Live at American Idol: Final Performance Night Falls Flat

After three months of buildup to the grand finale of American Idol season 10, we have to say we were kind of let down by night one. Sure, we saw Lauren Alaina overcome a blown vocal chord to snag the judges vote for the night and enjoyed Taio Cruz performing live (David Cook was pretaped, *feigning shock*), but something was missing and we can’t seem to put a finger on it.

So what was going on in the Nokia Theatre when the cameras weren’t rolling? And why was Scotty McCreery answering for Lauren in the postshow press conference?

Read more at EOnline

‘American Idol’ recap: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina face off in finale

Shortly before Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina faced off on part one of the two-night season finale of “American Idol” Tuesday night, news broke that Lauren might not perform: She had lost her voice during rehearsals, TMZ reported, and third-place finisher Haley Reinhart was waiting in the wings to compete against Scotty in case Lauren couldn’t go on.

LA Times

‘American Idol’ Finale: The Case For Lauren

We realize this is a futile effort. Everyone knows that Scotty McCreery, the clean-cut, mild mannered, country kid with the aw, shucks grin from Garner North Carolina, has this contest pretty much sewn up. And we’re not just talking about Tuesday night’s DialIdol results that has him leading with twice as many votes as Lauren Alaina. Let’s face it, he’s never been in the bottom three, and a source tells THR that earlier this month, Scotty led his fellow finalists by a country mile over the number two vote-getter that week. So Wednesday night’s result show should come as a surprise to, well, nobody.

Idol Worship

American Idol Recap: ‘Mother’ Load

Good news for Nigel Lythgoe: In the year 2015, when he begins production on his Lifetime original movie Sing It Anyway: The Lauren Alaina Story, he’ll already have a script in place. Oh, sure, Uncle Nigel might take a few creative liberties with the historical record — perhaps Little Lauren will deliver her final American Idol performance in a driving rainstorm, on her way to the airport to stop her future fiancé from getting on a plane, with a pit stop to rescue a pack of kindly grandmothers from a burning bus – but make no mistake: Tuesday’s Season 10 performance-night finale was the carefully crafted, penultimate scene of a piece of fiction that Idol‘s evil-genius overlord has been writing since Steven Tyler delivered that line about finding “The One” back in January.

TV Line

‘American Idol’ recap: Duel at the Nokia Theater

Earlier in the season, Randy Jackson told Lauren Alaina that the young contestant reminded him of a Carrie Underwood-Kelly Clarkson hybrid. And weeks later, during Tuesday night’s finale, Idol did its darndest to remind us of this very comparison. Lauren sings a Carrie song! Carrie chooses a song for Lauren! Random precious footage of Carrie (and David Cook, but strangely, no other Idol winners) as a youngster just prior to precious footage of Lauren as a child! Vocal troubles, just like Kelly during season 1′s finale! The comparison to the season 4 winner was so subliminal, I found myself several times accidentally typing “Carrie” in my notes instead of “Lauren.” How to explain the sudden urge to watch Minute To Win It and buy a Filet-O-Fish — that I can’t quite explain.

EW

‘Something Pitchy:’ Most Boring ‘American Idol’ Finale Ever

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.

TV Squad

American Idol Wants You To Hug Your Mama Y’all

American Idol is, in its most perfect form, about the journey that normal, dream-seeking people take when they are transformed–through the magic of vocal training, stylists, and critiques from a panel of famous people who get paid a lot of money–into superstars. Season 10 was not Idol at its most perfect; it wasn’t even good most of the time, save the transcendence occasionally brought by Jacob Lusk’s performances, Haley Reinhart’s slow transformation from an arm-waving screecher to someone who could actually interpret a song, and Paul McDonald’s Nudie suits.

Popdust

‘American Idol’ Season 10 Finale

Give “American Idol” producers credit for having a proper sense of dynamics. Up until an hour ago, it appeared as if Scotty McCreery, this season’s wildest force, was a shoo-in to win the 10th season of “Idol.” The news just before showtime only seemed to confirm the imbalance: Lauren Alaina had laryngitis, and was on the verge of having to remove herself from the finale.

NY Times

‘American Idol’ not done kicking around Haley Reinhart, a timeline

Not cool, “American Idol.” Not cool.

If you are at all familiar with Zap2it’s “Idol” coverage, you know we were less than thrilled with Haley Reinhart’s exit from the show last week (Top 3). We felt the show needed her.

Zap2it

‘American Idol’ Recap: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Stick to Country in Battle for Season 10 Crown

With what was possibly the most drama-prone season ever — from Casey Abrams’ medical problems at season’s start to his dramatic save, the elimination of Pia Toscano to the rise and fall of Haley Reinhart — we entered Tuesday night’s show with yet another dose of melodrama: Lauren Alaina had lost her voice in rehearsal. As of 15 minutes before show time, it was still unclear whether she would indeed perform, as rumors floated that Haley had rehearsed “Bennie and the Jets” and was ready to go on in her place.

THR

‘American Idol’ Finale Recap: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Sing for It All

Tonight, it was finally time for the battle of the country teen titans, with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina taking to the stage to sing it out for the ‘American Idol’ title. Or was it? With Lauren suffering from laryngitis, there was talk of third place finisher Haley Reinhart waiting in the wings with ‘House of the Rising Sun,’ ‘I Who Have Nothing’ and ‘Bennie and the Jets’ locked and loaded to hit the stage, if need be.

TV Squad

Final 2 Recap: I Love This Season This Big

Jordan Dorsey said it best, folks. The finale of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina could be summed up in 3 words: “No, just no.” First, a bad country karaoke singer got up on stage and did some boring song. Then a bad country karaoke singer got up on stage and did some boring song. Then for a little variety, a bad country karaoke singer got up on stage and did a boring song. The passable moments included Lauren Alaina singing to her freakish mother and Scotty singing a song called “Love You This Big” that basically makes it sound like he has an erection. It was funny how neither singer really looked like they were trying at all. And why should they? They didn’t have to improve all season because all they got was positive feedback. So why put in effort for the finale? I also enjoyed Taio Cruz coming out and singing in autotune, his microphone going out, and then when it came back the autotune wasn’t working correctly and his hideous vocals were completely exposed.

Vote for the Worst

You call this a finale? American Idol 10 Top 2 & the longest hour of your life

After some manufactured drama inferring finalist Lauren Alaina might be unable to sing (yawn), perhaps done not only for pre-show buzz, but also to make viewers believe the most boring American Idol finale in the history of the show might be somewhat interesting. Tonight, forget the judges (they’re not going to say anything worthwhile) and forget the songs (they’re all going to sound alike about 10 songs you’ve heard before) and let’s just get down to what really matters — the sartorial crimes and sobbing mothers.

Top Idol Blog

American Idol Goes Really, Really Country

Oh boy, here we go. I can’t possibly overemphasize how not excited I was to watch this Idol finale: Two perfectly decent singers who stick entirely within their genre–the exact same genre, even–and who both ran out of interesting tricks and wrinkles weeks ago. TMZ had a story yesterday evening that Lauren Alaina’s voice was dead and that Idol producers were frantically scrambling to find Haley Reinhart, giving me about five seconds of hope that something unpredictable might happen, but no. At the very outset of the show, Ryan Seacrest introduced a dumpy and smug-looking doctor who said that Lauren had blown out a vocal chord but that she should be OK. I don’t remember the last time I wished that hard for a child’s ill health.

Village Voice

 
  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    For the first time in 7 years, not only did I not watch the Idol final, I was happy not to. I tried Idol this year and found the contestants dull and bland, the judging non-existent and the production more plodding than ever. The sad part is if the producer would just read this blog regularly they would get what bugs people……

  • poohbear

    Looks like there’s some common themes to these critiques: boring, boring, boring. Laryngitis was a cheap PR trick. And finally boring, boring, boring.

    In addition, the NY Post is reporting from a “source” that McReary’s won the Idol contest this year.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/getting_old_ef2NBc0Q9dzMUXCldg8NEI

  • poohbear

    Oops, that link doesn’t say that Scotty won. Here’s the headline below the active link on the Drudge Report.

    SOURCE: SCOTTY TOOK NEARLY DOUBLE AMOUNT OF VOTES OVER RUNNER UP… DEVELOPING…

  • poohbear

    Hopefully this time, I’ll get this straight. Many apologies.

    Here are the two headlines on http://www.drudgereport.com. The top one is a live link, which I pasted a couple of comments previously. Together they show what is being implied.

    UN-COOL, UN-HIP, COUNTRY-FRIED SINGER WINS ‘AMERICAN IDOL’…

    SOURCE: SCOTTY TOOK NEARLY DOUBLE AMOUNT OF VOTES OVER RUNNER UP… DEVELOPING…

  • johanna

    If Scotty win like it seems he might, the Radio Stations must freaking out…. they are going to be stuck playing I Love You This Big. This song was an obvious try to give a edge to Lauren and sabotage Scotty but it may have fired back. I would not be surprised if they decide to release both Scotty and Lauren singles anyway.

    One thing is sure, the result show tonight cannot be any worst than last night.

  • SpenserJ

    I disagree with the notion that the producer song choices were meant to favor Lauren. Both of those songs are equally crappy and trite. The song Lauren sang has been recorded and released on at least 2 album failures that we know of.

    That manufactured moment with Lauren’s stage-mama was most likely orchestrated to pull her some votes. But, the songs themselves give no one an advantage. They both suck.

  • shooby1213

    Does Scotty wear anything other than a picnic table cloth

  • http://none SueSt

    MrRJ says:
    05/25/2011 at 11:31 am
    For the first time in 7 years, not only did I not watch the Idol final, I was happy not to. I tried Idol this year and found the contestants dull and bland, the judging non-existent and the production more plodding than ever. The sad part is if the producer would just read this blog regularly they would get what bugs people……

    Thank god for tivo. This year I ONLY watched the performances and ONLY if I was interested (if I wasn’t interested, I fast forwarded on). I also did not watch the final. Didn’t care a bit for Scotty or Lauren. I may fast foward through the finale tonight… we’ll see.

    It pays to remember that the AI machine makes money whether or not the winning artist is successful or not. Sad but true that these contestants are just fodder to prop up a television show.

  • colette

    From the Seattle Times:

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/mobile/?type=story&id=2015138404&

    First time during the whole series, by the way, that I am not either watching the finale or recording it….

  • SpenserJ

    Does Scotty wear anything other than a picnic table cloth

    Apparently not. In addition to being a boring final 2, it was also the final 2 with the worst fashion choices by both contestants.

  • katielynne

    I think Idol screwed themselves by trying to throw Scotty under the buy by pimping Lauren several times. Most of the people that vote already have their minds set as to who they’re voting for, and those that don’t can see through the shenanigans that Idol pulls.

  • iluvai

    Apparently not. In addition to being a boring final 2, it was also the final 2 with the worst fashion choices by both contestants.

    At least Lauren had fashion choices, even if lots of people seemed to hate them. I thought she looked cute a lot of the time.

  • Mel1

    At least Lauren had fashion choices, even if lots of people seemed to hate them. I thought she looked cute a lot of the time.

    Cute for a 50-year old woman going to a hoe-down (or whatever you call them).

  • iluvai

    Cute for a 50-year old woman going to a hoe-down (or whatever you call them).

    I don’t know what 50 year old women you hang around with, but I’ve never seen a woman dressed like that. lol Lauren dressed like a cute teenage country singer.

  • Miss Chaos

    It all boils down to who America voted for not who the internet people think should win or not. I guess the country loves country, or teenagers. There were a lot of good kids on this show, no one twisted the voters arms or fingers on who to vote for. Certainly not the judges, they barely said anything constructive.

    This whole this is amazing to me. Everyone hated the final, didnt like the kids that sang boring every week, but here we are with the most votes ever, per Uncle Nigel, I am so confused.

  • koshka

    I don’t know what 50 year old women you hang around with, but I’ve never seen a woman dressed like that. lol Lauren dressed like a cute teenage country singer.

    Well no wonder Pop is seen as being much hipper. I honestly wouldn’t dress a 10 year old in a dress like that. I’m not a huge fan of pop music in terms of what we hear on the radio today, but geez there has got to be something in between a cupcake dress and trampy pop singers.

  • lla2827

    Last year’s finale was terrible! The only reason why people watched it was because it was Simon’s last. Crystal showed NO personality, NO charisma, and she isn’t too pleasant on the eyes either…

    Really???????? You have a very interesting take on things to say the least. I won’t say what I think about your post–just will leave this link

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqUi9nTaO2g

  • weese

    Lauren dressed like a cute teenage country singer.

    The cupcake dress is a popular silhouette right now. If you start looking around you will find it in Beyonce’s new video, on the red carpet etc. Not necessarily in orange or that gaudy but it is a style of the moment(or not –an updated 1950′s look).

  • Mel1

    Cute for a 50-year old woman going to a hoe-down (or whatever you call them).

    I don’t know what 50 year old women you hang around with, but I’ve never seen a woman dressed like that. lol Lauren dressed like a cute teenage country singer.

    I said 50-year old going to a hoe-down. Big difference.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    jstevenk, your post was out of line and I’m sure violated the posting rules here. I think a real big apology from you is in order. It is ok to disagree with MJ or other folks here. It is not ok to insult anyone here or anywhere else.

  • zzatrms

    The cupcake dress is a popular silhouette right now. If you start looking around you will find it in Beyonce’s new video, on the red carpet etc. Not necessarily in orange or that gaudy but it is a style of the moment(or not –an updated 1950?s look).

    I beg to differ … in the 50′s we wore full circle skirts (below the knee) with several crinolines underneath, but never anything close to what Lauren wore. Her outfit looks like something from a musical comedy.

  • iani

    Lauren’s dress looks like a dance square dress. It was a surprise for me to discover that kind of competition, I like it. http://goo.gl/mrDZM

  • music woman

    IMHO:

    American Idol needs a winner that has a shot at superstardom. The past winners in recent years, altho talented in their own ways, has not come close to that stature. In fact in the last couple of seasons, the #2 finalists have fared much better post-Idol in sales, stardom and popularity than the winner. (Again you fill in the names, I am not writing this to pump up one singer at the expense of the other).

    So this year Uncle Nigel had to stack the deck and manipulate the 2 singers who have the biggest chance to sells millions of records. The country music genre is much easier to achieve a break thru than the pop genre. Just drive through the USA and see how many country music stations there are on your radio vs. the rock/pop stations. Country stations rule! Big time!

    American Idol needs a huge money-making singer …. big time! Nigel et al did not want to put their “money” on jazzy pop singers, ala Haley, or a rocker/metal singer ala James. Their superstardom is an iffy gamble. Scotty and Lauren: their odds of churning out (country) hits and bringing AI back its credibility of finding a money maker much more desirable (to the show).

    Having 2 country singers in the finale is like stacking the deck.

  • webster

    Apparently not. In addition to being a boring final 2, it was also the final 2 with the worst fashion choices by both contestants.

    And the latter would have been so easy to fix. Just have them swap wardrobes, and at least it would not be boring.

    I skipped last night, but am looking forward to the mess that tonight will be.