American Idol Finale Week: Facts AND Rumors (NEW ADDITIONS)

My head is spinning people! There’s so much info flying around about this week’s finale shows at the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, it’s hard to separate rumors from fact. (THR has spoilers HERE.)

Fact:

NEW!:  According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Steven Tyler will be singing onstage. And, he’ll be in good company. According to the source, the Aerosmith frontman will be joined by Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga and Beyonce who will perform a group medley along with contestants Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.”

David Cook will perform the S10 boot song “Don’t You (Forget About me)” on the Idol final tonight (IT WILL BE PRE-TAPED)

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina will perform their first singles on Tuesday’s final. Scotty’s song is called ‘Love You This Big’ and Lauren’s is a Kristy Lee Cook cover titled “Like My Mother Does.” Country songwriter, Tim Nichols, who wrote Tim McGraw’s country hit, “Live Like You Were Dying,” tweeted that Scotty recorded one of his songs. There’s no confirmation that the song is Scotty’s single.

Carrie Underwood and George Strait chose a song for Lauren and Scotty (respectively) to sing on Tuesday night’s final. Carrie posted on her fan club message board that it was a song she wanted to do on the show, but wasn’t able for one reason or another.

Scotty and Lauren’s 3rd song will be a “favorite performance” of their choosing from the past season.

Bono and the Edge will will appear alongside cast members of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Wednesday’s finale.

Lady Gaga will sing “Edge of Glory” from her new album on Wednesday’s finale, accompanied by Bruce Springsteen E Street Band saxophonist, Clarence Clemons.

TBoz & Chili with Lil’ Jon

Gladys Knight

Kirk Franklin, will sing his new single “Smile” on the finale Wednesday.

Steven Tyler to perform “Dream On” with full orchestra on Wednesday’s Idol finale. According to AeroFANatic, Steven will be backed by the  DeLeo Brothers (From Stone Temple Pilots) along with Marti Fredrickson on drums and Russ Irwin on Piano Source: AeroFANatcit.

Jennifer Lopez will duet with husband Marc & Marc – duet

Beyonce performing w/Top 13 girls

Tom Jones performing w/Top 13 guys

Casey Abrams will perform with Jack Black on Wednesday’s finale

Carrie Underwood duet with Lauren Alaina

Tim McGraw – duet with Scotty McCreery

Haley Reinhart – duet with Tony Bennett

Judas Priest – duet with James Durbin

Pia Toscano will team up with Charice for a duet on Wednesday’s results show. (You can see Charice on tonight’s Glee finale) According to this source,  Charice will not be on Idol tonight “Despite rumors that Charice will make a guest appearance on the season finale of “American Idol,” a source close to Warner Brothers Records said though “American Idol” was interested, last minute arrangements could not be done in time for Wednesday’s show.”

RUMOR:

UDPATE: Carrie posted at her fan club message board that the megagroup medley rumor for tomorrow is completely false.

According to her parents, Haley Reinhart will sing an original song on the finale. The tune will be released to iTunes, and if it’s successful, an album will follow.

 


  • iluvai

    Well Idol is keeping it interesting!!! Thanks for making the distinction between final and finale. I never knew which was which (spelling wise). :)

    Also, that’s the best darn rumor I’ve ever heard! I hope it’s true!!! Go James….. :) I’m looking forward to tonight and tomorrow!!!

  • sml1234

    I’m excited for two things:

    1) Haley
    2) Lady GodGa with Clarence. LOVE that a few of GodGa’s songs have a Bruce/E-Street Band feel to them.

  • alxsavage

    The only thing that I’m excited for is watching Bono and The Edge. With them on that stage, who needs anything else?

  • http://none SueSt

    …. and Lee Dewyze will NOT be performing…

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    I’m PUMPED for some Carrie Underwood. It’s about time they gave her more than just performing on the show. lol

  • dinaa68

    For me, I’d rather see James’ hope of singing with Steven realized. But I also believe anything he does will create a moment, so I’ll be happy. Can’t wait to see him again! Go James!

  • Nina1

    Okay, they have hooked me for tomorrow, but I don’t know about tonight. I have no problem with Lauren, as she still brings some mystery, but Scotty wore off.

  • panz

    Not looking forward at all to the final performance tonight but I am eager for the finale tomorrow.

    Kristy Lee Cook cover sounds odd, no?

  • Mel1

    Is Cook performing Tues or Wed nite. I hope it’s Wed since I’m not watching on Tues.

    I guess if Steven is singing w/o his band, he’ll just sing with the AI band.

  • GwendolynD

    According to this site, Kirk Franklin is performing at the finale. Interesting.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    so “original” means song never done before but not one she wrote? (haley)

  • callmecrazy

    Omg if James sings with Judas Priest I will be squealing happily like a 10 year old meeting Bieber. Even though this season of idol has been one of frustration and elation for me, I am excited nonetheless for both tonight and tomorrow night.

  • J9BT

    alxsavage says:

    05/24/2011 at 12:38 pm

    The only thing that I’m excited for is watching Bono and The Edge. With them on that stage, who needs anything else?

    Well, are they just standing there? They said on their website they weren’t performing, but will be alongside of ….. what the heck does that mean?

    dinaa68 says:

    05/24/2011 at 12:45 pm

    For me, I’d rather see James’ hope of singing with Steven realized. But I also believe anything he does will create a moment, so I’ll be happy. Can’t wait to see him again! Go James!

    Me too! I’m fine with Steven Tyler, Judas Priest or any other “durbinator surprise” as Nigel put it!

  • tomr

    Excited for tonight. Tomorrow not at all except the results. Lady GAG again…you’ve got to be kidding. Will need earplugs or the mute button for the screamers (James, Casey, Haley, Naima,Paul, Jacob) or plenty of opportunities for breaks. Let’s just put those 6 on all at once and get it over with.

  • Lucy1234

    Actually if the song for Lauren is the one KLC recorded, it was co-written by Nathan Chapman, songwriter and producer of Taylor Swift’s last two albums. Nobody bought KLC’s album so it will be a new song to everyone who heres it, except maybe KLC. Songs get passed around a lot, especially songs that don’t go anywhere the first time. KLC never released it as a single.

  • Lucy1234

    If Lauren is not singing with Carrie (1st choice) then Steven Tyler would be my 2d choice – that would be awesome.

  • yellin

    About James and Priest playing together, well something had been telling me for a while that this would be a killer pairing. I hope it does happen, because Judas Priest is one of the biggest Metal bands of all times. Huge deal too for them to play idol…:)

  • iluvai

    If Lauren is not singing with Carrie (1st choice) then Steven Tyler would be my 2d choice – that would be awesome.

    Either would be great! I like the idea of Lauren singing with Steven though.

  • dusty

    Total speculation:

    Will Carrie sing Walk This Way with Steven Tyler? I saw a video on this site a few days ago of Carrie singing it…has she been working it out to be ready to perform it on the AI finale?

    And what if Adam joined in? :)

    Would love it if James got to sing it with them!

  • Jon

    I’m rly just excited for Haley’s single. Buying it no matter how good or bad it is. If it’s the thing that decides if she’ll get an album, then i’m doing whatever support i can give her.

  • Fullmoon

    I wonder if Adam knew his friend Reeve Carney (Spiderman) was performing on Idol when he tweeted he was excited about result night and if rumors are true that Rob Halford will be there I hope him and Adam hook up again. Rob loves Adam. I remember him giving an interview when he said he wished he was as fearless as Adam before he came out at a young age. He said he felt like the old god meeting the new god. He’s awesome.

  • AddictedToMars

    According to this site, Kirk Franklin is performing at the finale. Interesting.

    If that’s true then he must be doing a duet with Jacob.

  • AddictedToMars

    I’m looking forward to seeing David Cook tonight and for the finale to see Bono, Lady Gaga, Pia, James, Casey, and Paul performing. I have a feeling (drop that I KNOW) this finale is going to be much better than last year’s.

  • J9BT

    tomr says:

    05/24/2011 at 12:55 pm

    Excited for tonight. Tomorrow not at all except the results. Lady GAG again…you’ve got to be kidding. Will need earplugs or the mute button for the screamers (James, Casey, Haley, Naima,Paul, Jacob) or plenty of opportunities for breaks. Let’s just put those 6 on all at once and get it over with.

    Well, we could get together, then and share a TV since I have the exact opposite opinion! :-)

  • Trina

    What I posted late last night about JP being in LA today for a press conference to introduce their new guitar player and my friend hearing they have “other big things” lined up this week, well it would make sense but I’m prepared for anything.

    I didn’t see James’ supposed Good Day NY appearance but the news report I saw from Fox NY had the anchor outside the theatre who was interviewing a lot of people, and she said about James singing with them so I assumed she got some info there as opposed to internet gossip but who knows? I’m excited for whatever he does.

  • keware

    I find it interesting that Scotty is barely tweeting and the few he has written are about taking quick breaks and about working hard. Lauren has been on a tweeting rampage for the past few days.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    i hope lauren does candle in the wind i absolutely adore her singing that song

  • straycat108

    Perhaps James and Steven will be doing a duet, with Judas Priest as their back up band.

  • Kirsten

    My head is spinning people! There’s so much info flying around about this week’s finale shows at the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, it’s hard to separate rumors from fact.

    Yay! I love the madcap whirl of rumours that preceeds the Idol finale. It is so exciting.

  • chearts77

    I find it interesting that Scotty is barely tweeting and the few he has written are about taking quick breaks and about working hard. Lauren has been on a tweeting rampage for the past few days.

    I guess that means Scotty will be more ready for tonight. ;) I told a few Scotty fans on twitter who were getting upset that Scotty hasn’t tweeted that it’s actually a GOOD THING, because that means he’s working hard to give us his best tonight. He can tweet all he wants when all is said and done. Right now, I’d rather him practice and be ready. That’s the mom side of me coming out. LOL!!

  • tripp_ncwy

    You can put this under Rumor but there is still the outstanding question if Kris will be doing more at the finale than sitting in the audience. Why would he have to go to a “finale” meeting last Friday if all he was going to do is sit in the audience with the other idols. Plus he stated that he will be going both nights.

  • Fullmoon

    Perhaps James and Steven will be doing a duet, with Judas Priest as their back up band.

    I don’t think Rob Halford would do backup for Steven Tyler.

  • keware

    Right now, I’d rather him practice and be ready. That’s the mom side of me coming out. LOL!!

    I agree. Like my kids being on Facebook and trying to convince me that they are still focused on their homework. Not buying it!

  • Charli

    Why do I find it strange Cook is singing tonight instead of tomorrow night? I’d rather him be on tomorrow. Because now I have to watch tonight. And I didn’t want to have to do that.

  • brian_ny1976

    hoping james doesnt sing with steven tyler…

  • GwendolynD
    If that’s true then he must be doing a duet

    with Jacob.

    I hope not.

  • Trina

    Rob Halford will sing back-up for no one IMO.

    David singing tonight is tradition. The boot song singer always sings Top 2 night so its not strange.

  • sgills

    Did I imagine that Taio Cruz was supposed to sing his new single written with the help of people on the finale???

  • keware

    David singing tonight is tradition. The boot song singer always sings Top 2 night so its not strange.

    Do you know at what point in the show he will sing? Do they usually sing at the end?

  • Pam

    Why do I find it strange Cook is singing tonight instead of tomorrow night?

    It isn’t strange actually. The boot song is usually performed on top 2 performance night towards the end of the show.

    Poor mj. I hope you don’t have a headache right now. All of these rumors/facts being confirmed one minute and not confirmed the next has got to give you one. lol

    I am not looking forward to Gaga at all. Once this season was enough for me. As far as the finale in general, I’m kind of excited about it. If I’m reading the sentence about Haley’s tune correctly, it sounds like it will be performed tomorrow night. I’m kind of interested to hear it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Did I imagine that Taio Cruz was supposed to sing his new single written with the help of people on the finale???

    No, Taio will sing the song for the Coke Lyrics contest.

  • shooby1213

    James and Priest EPIC!!!!!!

  • sgills

    No, Taio will sing the song for the Coke Lyrics contest.

    That’s also tomorrow? Seems like a LOT of performances are happening – sheesh.

  • sgills

    brian_ny1976 says:
    05/24/2011 at 1:30 pm
    hoping james doesnt sing with steven tyler…

    I’m still hoping Lauren and Steven sing “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ together.

  • ladymadonna

    Do you know at what point in the show he will sing? Do they usually sing at the end?

    The live boot song always closes the show on Top 2 performance night, accompanied by a full-season montage on giant screens. It’s more of a celebration of the season than of the song or the performer, but I’m expecting Cook and his 12-string Firebird to make it fun.

    Here are vids of the past five boot song performance/montages:

    S5 – Daniel Powter ‘Bad Day’

    S6 – Daughtry ‘Home’

    S7 – Ruben Studdard ‘Celebrate Me Home’

    S8 – Carrie Underwood ‘Home Sweet Home’

    S9 – Will Young ‘Leave Right Now’

  • Chicagolaw

    Well, that will be pretty awesome for James if he gets to sing with Judas Priest! Rob Halford seems like a really nice guy. There was a great red carpet interview with him from some event (I can’t remember which one, but I’m sure someone here does; I think Adam performed or presented?) and he just seemed very down to earth and the type of guy who wouldn’t have a problem getting on stage at AI to sing with a contestant.

  • tripp_ncwy

    That’s also tomorrow? Seems like a LOT of performances are happening – sheesh.

    Yes, tomorrow.

  • keware

    Peisha McPhee tweeted to Scotty a couple of days ago and said:

    Can’t wait to work on your NEW song ! Have fun recording your hit !

    So, I think his song must be brand new as opposed to Lauren’s. And the word fun makes it seem as if it could be up tempo. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

  • smeggingnuts

    Chicagolaw says:
    05/24/2011 at 1:44 pm
    Well, that will be pretty awesome for James if he gets to sing with Judas Priest! Rob Halford seems like a really nice guy. There was a great red carpet interview with him from some event (I can’t remember which one, but I’m sure someone here does; I think Adam performed or presented?) and he just seemed very down to earth and the type of guy who wouldn’t have a problem getting on stage at AI to sing with a contestant.

    That was the GLAAD awards last year and yeah Adam performed closing out the show.

  • keware

    Here are vids of the past five boot song performance/montages:

    S5 – Daniel Powter ‘Bad Day’
    S6 – Daughtry ‘Home’
    S7 – Ruben Studdard ‘Celebrate Me Home’
    S8 – Carrie Underwood ‘Home Sweet Home’
    S9 – Will Young ‘Leave Right Now’

    Wow. Thanks ladymadonna!! Now I remember!

  • Fullmoon

    That was the GLAAD awards last year and yeah Adam performed closing out the show.

    Rob and Adam at Glaad. Rob introduced Adam before he performed. I can’t find their cute red carpet video together.

    http://mjsbigblog.com/adam-lambert-glaad-awards-photos-and-videos.htm/comment-page-5#comments

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    If I were Lauren I would be pissed. She gets stuck with a lifeless hand me down as her new single. Bleh.

  • shooby1213

    Now I hear a rumor that Marc Anthony and JLO and Stone Temple Pilots will perform…LMAO is this going to be a 4 hour show now

  • lorismile

    Loved when Rob met Adam on the red carpet – and he introduced Adam before his GLAAD performance. He was very complimentary of him and he does seem like a laid back guy.

    I have no opinion on him singing with James.

  • smeggingnuts

    I have no opinion on him singing with James.

    I wanted a James Dee Snyder duet….yes I am still talking about that

  • chessguy99

    The entertainment reporter from Chicago’s WBBM-FM (CBS Radio), reported a rumor of a JLo/Marc Anthony performance and a Stone Temple Pilots performance. The reporter is on-site at the Nokia.

  • lorismile

    I wanted a James Dee Snyder duet….yes I am still talking about that

    I love Dee Snyder!!!

  • Trina

    Why Dee Snider? I haven’t seen any James fans particularly invested in a certain artist for him to perform with and Twisted Sister/Dee I don’t recall him ever mentioning as a personal favorite so I’m curious why? I think they would be fun together but imo its no huge loss.

  • jlc

    I wasn’t gonna watch tonight because I thought the DWTS Finale was on at the same time. But it’s not. At 8pm it’s a rerun of last night’s show, then the finale is at 9pm, when Idol is over.

    I also wasn’t gonna watch tonight because I no longer have a horse in this race with Haley gone. However, I have to admit I was worried I might miss something…and now I learn I would have missed DC! So…YAY! DC and DWTS Finale all in one night!

    (And after tomorrow night, I’m gonna get my life back!)

  • Mel1

    Sort of confirmation Adam will not be performing Wed. Someone tweeted he is in the studio with Adam today laying down tracks. Otherwise, I would think Adam would be rehearsing @ AI studio.

  • Fullmoon

    Sort of confirmation Adam will not be performing Wed. Someone tweeted he is in the studio with Adam today laying down tracks. Otherwise, I would think Adam would be rehearsing @ AI studio.

    Huh??? Why would Adam had been performing Wed or rehearsing @AI studio? I saw nothing of this. Was this a few wishful thinking fans?

  • soverymel

    Was this a few wishful thinking fans?

    I think it must have been wishful thinking, I don’t think anyone seriously thought Adam was doing anything other than sitting in the audience on Wednesday.

  • halo9125

    @ mj- do you know anything about a possible Pia/Charice duet? (not that I can stand Charice- but just wondering)

    Scotty is clearly more grounded of the two finalists- I think Lauren still has a lot of immaturity to work out- she’s hosting Twitter parties and he’s rehearsing? Doesn’t bode too well for her.

  • njcafe

    I heard that too about the Pia/Charice duet. Good Day NY mentioned something about it. Also, I was hoping for a James/Dee Synder duet too. Nothing wrong with Judas Priest but something idk….more comical. : )

  • bjames

    Confused about why they would have Kirk Franklin. If anyone knows his music, he just kind of walks and dances around stage, yelling out random lines, while his little choir does all of the singing. Maybe Jacob will do the singing?

    Fun fact: RJ Helton used to sing in Kirk’s choir.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris says that he will be at the both nights of the finale as an audience member. So, no performance. :(

    Beck/Smith Hollywood

  • hoosiermama

    Gonna miss the final tonight–going to a baseball game with my second graders. I really hope both Scotty and Lauren hit it out of the park tonight (to continue the baseball metaphor!). I know MJ will have the videos for me to watch later. Thanks!

    Cook better hit a home run, too! :-)

    Nice article, tripp! I hope Kris gets his album out this year, too (but if he doesn’t, I won’t consider it a “failure”) Love him!

  • Desdemona

    The only one I’m excited to see and hear again tomorrow night is JAMES! He literally lights up the stage, and I can’t wait. Don’t care what Pia, Casey, Jacob, Paul, Stefano, Haley or the others do – just give me some Durbin.

  • Shorty

    Steven’s gonna sing Dream On? I hope Gokey is not making a surprise guest appearance.

  • tripp_ncwy

    David Cook’s performance tonight will be pre-taped according to THR.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Boooo. David’s performance tonight will be pre-taped.

    shirleyhaperlin
    Just posted on @THR’s @Idol_Worship: @thedavidcook is a pre-tape on tonight’s #Idol

  • blmetsfan

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/more-american-idol-finale-performers-191625

    A production source tells The Hollywood Reporter that in addition to U2’s Bono and The Edge (who are performing with the cast members from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), show judge Steven Tyler will be singing onstage.

    And, he’ll be in good company. According to the source, the Aerosmith frontman will be joined by Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga and Beyonce who will perform a group medley along with contestants Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.

  • bjames

    You have got to be kidding me about that group performance with Scotty and Lauren. Two country artists with Lady Gaga and Beyonce??

    I’m mainly just bitter that Haley doesn’t get to do this stuff. :) Scotty and Lauren have to be freaking out.

  • blmetsfan

    That group performance with Gaga, Beyonce, Carrie, Steven and the top 2 is some kind of crazy mixture of people and genres. lol

  • wolfsbane813

    i’m dying over the new news about steven performing with the finalists and carrie, beyonce and gaga. I AM DEAD AND BURIED.

    :D :D :D :D :D :D

  • Buffynut

    Do we still think Haley will be singing her new single as a fact? If everyone else is doing duets, including Pia, why would Haly be singing by herself? Pia has a single to promote too?

  • ladymadonna

    Boooo. David’s performance tonight will be pre-taped.

    Booooo? Thank God. I was wondering how on earth they were going to get the full band’s gear loaded onto the stage after cramming 6 Top 2 performances into an hour. I’d rather they be taped than cut-off.

    I do wonder what kind of “fight to the finish” metaphor they will drum-up and beat to death as filler tonight. The Davids had to box it out, quite uncomfortably. Lauren and Scotty….square dance to the death??

  • askew3

    Do we really need a gospel artist pimping their single on AI? If it was a past contestant that is one thing, but I hate the pandering to the Jesus crowd.

  • Desdemona

    I don’t think Lauren’s voice is totally stuck in country – do think she can pull off other music styles – the way she sang with Steven at her audition shows more than country.

  • dusty

    “And, he’ll be in good company. According to the source, the Aerosmith frontman will be joined by Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga and Beyonce who will perform a group medley along with contestants Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.”

    I called it! See earlier in this thread where I speculated that Carrie would be singing with Steven Tyler. And wonder what the song will be…uh….Walk This Way? !

  • Desdemona

    Do we still think Haley will be singing her new single as a fact? If everyone else is doing duets, including Pia, why would Haly be singing by herself? Pia has a single to promote too?

    Maybe the ‘cutoff’ to be entitled to a solo performance is the top 3? I know Pia’s had a ton of promotion since booted out at #9, but I’m hoping she won’t get preferential treatment tomorrow night and get a solo performance if none of those between Haley and her get more than a duet.

  • Trina

    Holy shit at the group number :o I’m anxious to hear Lauren with Steven and Carrie, and Scotty should erm be interesting.

  • windmills

    dusty: I called it! See earlier in this thread where I speculated that Carrie would be singing with Steven Tyler. And wonder what the song will be…uh….Walk This Way? !

    Just making sure but you do know they already did a mashup of Undo It/Walk This Way at the ACMs this year – right? It was the showstopper of the night. One of the caps went viral and got over 4.3 million youtube hits before the account that posted got deleted by youtube.

    The group number sounds like a hot, overwhelming mess. But I hope it’s fun!

    My question is are we sure we’re reading that THR sentence right? Are they all in a group medley or is it just Beyonce with Scotty and LaurenA?

  • Soberba

    It’s weird that Lauren “the one” Alaina is given a left over song from a failed album. Is that how they think they’re gonna make her the new Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood? And a song called “Like my mother does” when her mother is kind of a creepy stage mom? Lol.
    I hope they don’t give Haley a second hand song from four years ago.

  • wolfsbane813

    i wonder if lauren will get to sing some of “i don’t wanna miss a thing” during the group medely with steven.

    i’m seriously STOKED.

    i wonder if she can even pull of a win, especially since, while she is country, she is more contemporary than scotty is and can pull in more votes outside of the “country vote” that scotty is pretty exclusively stuck in. i hope she can :) she’s been my favorite all season.

  • MayMirabella

    If Judas Priest is performing with James, James must be over the moon thrilled !!

  • Lexus

    If James had made it to the finale, I would expect he’d have performed with Steven Tyler. Given that Lauren’s there instead and knowing how much Steven likes her, if he’s going to sing with anyone, I would imagine it will be her.

    I wonder if Josh Turner will reappear to sing with Scotty.

  • MayMirabella

    Kris says that he will be at the both nights of the finale as an audience member. So, no performance

    Maybe Kris, Katy, Adam will all be sitting together and if Allison sits with them, we have a Kradison sighting plus Katy..would be like old times.

  • mmb

    Are we sure whoever was reporting the gospel singer doing smile wasn’t confusing him with avril lavigne? Avrils new single is also called smile and it would make more sense for her to perform on finale ( just speculating. Havent heard any rumors. And she is Sony not interscope so even more unlikely). I just think a report of a gospel performance is random since they won’t even have mandisa on the shoe

  • eyin

    Ok Steven, Carrie, Lady Gaga AND Beyonce in one number?? Holy shizballs man that is huge. But why oh why would they throw in Lauren and Scotty there? They would get eaten up alive.

  • blmetsfan

    On Carrie’s forum on her fanclub, she denied this.

  • windmills

    Carrie posted at her fan club message board that the group medley rumor is completely false so maybe it’s just Beyonce performing with Scotty and LaurenA.

    Soberba: It’s weird that Lauren “the one” Alaina is given a left over song from a failed album. Is that how they think they’re gonna make her the new Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood? And a song called “Like my mother does” when her mother is kind of a creepy stage mom? Lol.
    I hope they don’t give Haley a second hand song from four years ago.

    In fairness it’s not unusual for songs to get passed around and in fact another major label thought highly enough of the song to make it a single even before Universal Nashville did. Sometimes it takes the right song landing with the right person. That having been said I don’t really see Like My Mother Does as the right song but at the same time it’s much better than any of the coronation songs.

    There’s tons of songs written that are aimed at the big hit acts in different genres and only some of those get recorded so there’s plenty of good and even great songs out there that got rejected and could be a hit with somebody else. I expect Haley’s single was originally written for somebody else too but you never know, it could be a winner for her.

  • Trina

    @Fox12EP Tim Williams
    Idol News! Judas Priest is here! Will be performing with James tomorrow night. #AmericanIdol
    1 hour ago

    Yeess!! woo!

  • EmyR

    Maybe Kris, Katy, Adam will all be sitting together and if Allison sits with them, we have a Kradison sighting plus Katy..would be like old times.

    Kradison plus Katy and Sauli, Adam’s boyfriend is supposedly going as well.

    It’d be cute to see Kradison all together again, especially as Kris and Adam have even been seen together in over a year.

  • Grammie Kari

    So, it looks like all ten Idol winners will not be present together on the stage. They got 8 out of 9 for Simon’s goodbye. I thought 10th Anniversary would be a good time for a reunion. Guess not.

  • tripp_ncwy

    @morningmaniac @grayjustin reporting @officialchili & @BozBizz performing tonite on Idol #NoScrubs

    ETA. So the remaining members of TLC are getting back together?

  • J9BT

    Fox’s Julie Chang just reported some of the performances tonight, and she said Carrie Underwood is performing with Lauren Alaina, Tim McGraw with Scotty McCreery. She also said Lil Jon will be on – psyched for that!

  • J9BT

    Here is the full list that Julie Chang just announced on Good Day NY, Fox 5:

    1) Beyonce performing w/Top 13 girls
    2) Tom Jones (ugh)
    3) Tony Bennett (ugh again)
    4) Lady Gaga
    5) Tim McGraw – duet w/Scotty
    6) TBoz & Chili w/Lil’ Jon (yay!)
    7) JLo & Marc – duet
    8 ) Gladys Night
    9) Bono & The Edge
    10) Carrie Underwood – duet w/Lauren
    11) Judas Priest – POSSIBLY w/James (why no confirmation, darn it!)

    Seems like a varied list of performers!

  • TucAl

    I agree with you MJ – WORST FINALE EVER.

  • Kirsten

    5) Tim McGraw – duet w/Scotty

    They certainly are lining up the country male stars to welcome him into the fold.

    Meanwhile, Lauren keeps getting Carrie. Carrie is a goddess and well respected in the biz, but it just makes Lauren look like a lesser Carrie. Of course Carrie is going to help out the kid from her Alma mater. Lauren should be dueting with another country legend. Though, Lauren probably most wants to sing with Carrie, so it’s all good.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m really looking forward to whoever James duets with. He wears his heart on his sleeve and you just know he’s going to have the time of his life.

    Why are Tom Jones and Tony Bennett going to be there? We didn’t even have a standards night. Didn’t Gladys already appear? Season 6?

  • J9BT

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m really looking forward to whoever James duets with. He wears his heart on his sleeve and you just know he’s going to have the time of his life.

    IT’S NOT JUST YOU!!! He not only wears his heart on his sleeve, he wears, well, interesting clothes. This pic was recently posted on twitter – awesome!

    @blkeenerBrittany Keener
    .@JDurbinAI10 #idolfinale –> http://bit.ly/kY5m7C

  • TurkeyIdol

    WoW that has the making of being the worst finale ever. At least Steven Tyler is doing Dream On, but that won’t even be the same without Aerosmith! BORING!!!

  • Elliegrll

    It will be beyond stupid if there’s no segment celebrating the ten year anniversary of the show that features former contestants and winners.

  • keware

    Tim McGraw with Scotty. That’s huge for me!

  • leome

    Do we still think Haley will be singing her new single as a fact? If everyone else is doing duets, including Pia, why would Haly be singing by herself?

    I remember in season 7 everyone did duets but Jason Castro who sang by himself. It wasn’t his single, but he was the only one to sing by himself, so it wouldn’t be that strange.

  • Jon

    Hoping so much, with the addition of Tom Jones and Tony Bennett, that they’re not contenders of duetting with Haley. As much I want to hear Haley sing her single tonight, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. And if she’s not singing her single then who is she duetting with?

    Looks like Jacob got his duetting partner, Gladys Night…

  • satchvai
  • leome

    Why is it something said by Carrie under rumors and the opposite of it undr facts?
    ah, is it the medley happening or not? I’d believe Carrie before believing the press.

  • miniglik

    I love me some Tim McGraw. Yay!

    THR: Haley dueting with Tony Bennett : http://www.nashvillegab.com/

    Seriously? I am, once again, nonplussed. That’s both hilariously out of touch and yet potentially interesting.

  • windmills

    Jon: Hoping so much, with the addition of Tom Jones and Tony Bennett, that they’re not contenders of duetting with Haley.

    THR’s article says Haley is singing with Tony Bennett. I’m good with that, she’ll sound great. Too, if she impresses him he may even invite her to be in his duets album due later this year. You never know. Carrie was on his radar after he sang with her a little on Oprah and then watched her sing The Sound Of Music on another show and she’s recorded a duet with him too.

    Looking forward to all the t4 duets.

  • jpfan

    I hope the show tonight pumps some energy into the franchise. Last night had to be the least exciting finale ever.

  • Buffynut

    satchvai says:

    05/25/2011 at 9:48 am

    THR: Haley dueting with Tony Bennett : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/carrie-underwood-tim-mcgraw-duet-192262

    Well, that is just all kinds of cool! Haley must be so excited! I predict that THIS is the performance that will bring down the house tonight! (No I am not being snarky!)

  • Trina

    Tim for Scotty is huge! Jacob with Gladys I guess? Nice. I actually think Tony Bennett will sound good with Haley. he sang with Kelly Clarkson and it was fantastic.

    JP with James, this might top the Hulk Hogan moment for flailing excitement LOL

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’m not exactly excited about Haley getting Tony Bennett, but it could be worse. I guess people can stop getting their ruffles feathered about the possibility of her debuting her single.

  • Jon

    I’m disappointed with the news that Haley is duetting with Tony Bennett. Mostly because it kills the chances of her singing her single. I guess it could of been worse. I’m thinking the show originally wanted Stevie Nicks but since she turned it down, they went with whoever they can get.

    But then again, why did the American Idol twitter release a photo of Haley working on her Finale arrangement. Was it an arrangement for her duet? Or maybe it is her single? Or maybe they were planning on doing her single but then changed their minds?

  • ross

    Well, Tony Bennet is one of the greatest singers of all time, and Haley Reinhart is…not one of the greatest singers of all time, though she’s good. So I guess I don’t get how it would be anything other than an honor for her to sing with him.

  • miniglik

    Well, that is just all kinds of cool! Haley must be so excited! I predict that THIS is the performance that will bring down the house tonight! (No I am not being snarky!)

    I’m surprised. I really thought she’d get paired with Stevie Nicks.

    I think, at the very least, Haley has the least chance of being outshone by her duet partner. Not because he’s any less quality than any of the other guest stars, but he seems like he’d be better as a subtle duet-style singer, and I suspect he’d know how to let his partner shine. Scotty with Tim, Lauren with Carrie, James with Halford, Jacob with an established gospel singer, and Casey with Jack Black all have the potential to look like pale imitations (for one, they’re all doing same-gender pairings with people whom they have a similar style and sound, and I think opposite gender pairings are better for this kind of thing, vocally).

  • windmills

    Trina: I actually think Tony Bennett will sound good with Haley. he sang with Kelly Clarkson and it was fantastic.

    I don’t think they’ve actually ever sung together or did I miss something awesome? I know Kelly honored Tony Bennett at a gala and sounded great (obvs).

  • satchvai

    Haley has to be freaking out since she’s such a Jazz freak, I’m happy for her.

  • Trina

    Doh I think youre right Windmills. I remember Kelly singing one of his songs and the two of them on stage but it was probably after she sang? Even so his Duets album is GREAT. He sings with a wide variety of people.

    Wait so now the Pia/Charice duet isnt happening? Julie said shes not on the production notes hm.

  • chearts77

    Tim McGraw with Scotty!!!!! YES!!!!!

  • YeahRight

    Ugh. Haley is going to mess up me being able to enjoy Tony Bennett.

  • tinawina

    Haley has to be freaking out since she’s such a Jazz freak, I’m happy for her.

    Yeah, that’s actually not a bad match to me.

    Tim McGraw and Scotty sounds good too.

    Casey & Jack Black should be a hoot.

    Judas Priest and James is going to be great!

    I should be more excited by Lauren & Carrie than I am. Somehow that feels flat to me.

    Ugh at Pia and Charice. Belt-fest.

    Not feeling Jacob & Gladys if that is indeed what is going to happen.

    I really want to see the girls with Beyonce!

  • girlygirl

    Haley duetting with Tony Bennett does not excite me. Why do I want to see her duetting with a 80 year old man — even if he is a legend? I want to see her duetting with someone young and current.

    Haley also didn’t come outside for the post-show press stuff last night. Anyone know why?

  • girlygirl

    There was another rumor floating around the Nokia yesterday that Matthew Morrison is going to perform Still Got Tonight on the Idol finale.

  • Hazehel

    Tom Jones? Where did they dig him up from?

  • J9BT

    girlygirl says:

    05/25/2011 at 10:32 am

    There was another rumor floating around the Nokia yesterday that Matthew Morrison is going to perform Still Got Tonight on the Idol finale.

    That would be so cool! There is usually a surprise guest performer – last year it was Brett Michaels w/Casey James. They could bring in John Rich from Celebrity Apprentice since he just won & both finalists are country kiddies, but it would also make sense for Matthew Morrison to perform too!

    I’m getting excited!

  • J9BT

    Dizzyfeet is namedropping in his tweets:

    @dizzyfeetNigel Lythgoe
    #Beyonce’ is far more beautiful in real life than I could have imagined.

    3 minutes agoFavoriteRetweetReply

    @dizzyfeetNigel Lythgoe
    I cannot believe what I was doing with #LadyGaGa at 12:30 this morning. I think she’s “falling” for #@Dizzyfeet and I LOVE her!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Haley duetting with Tony Bennett does not excite me. Why do I want to see her duetting with a 80 year old man — even if he is a legend? I want to see her duetting with someone young and current.

    That’s how I feel, but no doubt it will be entertaining nonetheless.

  • miniglik

    Haha. Nigel refering to himself in the 3rd person w his twitter @ just cracks me up.

  • tomk

    Haley with Tony Bennett doesn’t excite me much either, because I’d rather her be associated with something new and modern.

    But from Haley’s “old soul” perspective, she is probably crazy excited about it…which will only elevate her performance, I would think.

  • tinawina

    Maybe I am in the minority here but I don’t think this finale is shaping up to be bad at all. You have some current hitmakers and working stars (Beyonce, Gaga, Jack Black, Tim McGraw, Carrie, Lil Jon, JLo), some people who are huge in their corner of the music world (Marc Anthony, Kirk Franklin, Charice) some music legends (Steven Tyler, Judas Priest, U2, Gladys Night, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones), and a couple of stars of the recent past (the surviving members of TLC). They are covering multiple genres and decades, so there should be something for everyone.

  • luly

    KathleenFOX5 Tune in to Fox5 Morning News at 8:40 for a rundown of all the Idol Performers! It will not disappoint!

  • TyraRay

    I’m actually only excited for Haleys single … So it better be true.

    And jack black& Casey .
    And KINDA excited for Bono and edge. Hahahhaa

  • tomk

    Tyra –

    The “Haley is performing a single” stuff has really died down. Which could mean that it is being played down because they didn’t want it leaked, and they are trying to build the suspense again. We’ll find out!

  • larc

    Tony Bennett will be 85 in August. Tom Jones will be 71 early next month. Couldn’t they find somebody a little more current?

  • lla2827

    I think Haley getting a chance to sing with a Tony Bennett is fantastic! Absolutely, the chance of a lifetime for her. How many singers will have the opportunity to sing with a true legend like TB. I believe any singer, no matter if they are “current” or have been around for awhile–would be thrilled to do a duet with him. I mean, look at the line up on his duet albums.

    Plus, Haley is a jazz singer. That is a lot of what she has been doing for the last couple years. I don’t think it would make her look old fashioned in most folks eyes. I am really excited for her

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    With the Tony Bennett thing out there now, is the “Haley single” thing now officially a dead rumor?

  • tessa

    They surely could have squeezed in a performance from Lee DeWyze. AI fail. I was hoping for a miracle this morning but of course not.

    Yay for James performing! Others…boring. Still nothing there to make me watch the finale. I’m sure Pia and Haley will sing their new singles so Idol can earn from the iTunes downloads. TPTB’s realizing the time on the show is their best bet earning off of these contestants. That’s why I think the contestants should be paid enormously while they’re on the show.

  • Jon

    Sorry for all those wanting to hear Haley’s single tonight. With no buzz at all from the show, it just looks like it’s not going to happen. Why hide it? It won’t be a full out surprise thanks to her parents. And Nigel knows Haley has passionate fans and buzzing about her performing a single just attract attention. If they give buzz about Haley’s single, then it means more people ready to download her single afterwards.

    Still tuning in to see my girl, Haley tonight. The only thing that gives me hope about a single is the photo of Haley working on an arrangement, but i’m not getting my hopes up.

  • SpenserJ

    I’m not really excited about Haley & Tony Bennett (although he is a legend!). But, it could be great, so I’ll stay hopeful. I didn’t think she would get to do her single on the show anyway.

    Tim McGraw and Scotty sounds good too.

    I love Tim McGraw, so this will easily be my favorite Scotty performance :).

    Casey & Jack Black should be a hoot.

    Agreed.

    Judas Priest and James is going to be great!

    Shockingly Tinawina, I agree with you again.
    Although, if I wanted to sell myself as the next big metal voice, I might be too scared to perform with the best metal voice of all time. This is where James’ unbridled confidence probably comes in handy.

    I should be more excited by Lauren & Carrie than I am. Somehow that feels flat to me.

    I’m iffy on this one, because it really just might emphasize that Lauren is so not Carrie Underwood 2.0.

    Ugh at Pia and Charice. Belt-fest.

    I think Pia got screwed here. Charice has the lowest profile out of all of the guests tonight.

    What I want most from tonight is for Lauren to come out with 1/3 the makeup and 1/10th the hair extensions she was wearing last night.

  • idolhound2011

    This show is fucked up! Got Bennett, and Jones, but no Lee. I know this blog does not like Lee, but this is stupid.

  • AddictedToMars

    Well if Haley is performing with Tony then she’s probably not performing her single. I still think it wouldn’t be right for her or any of the other contestants to perform original songs. Plus since Haley is a such a jazz lover I’m sure she’s happy about her duet partner.

    Looking forward to Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bono, Tim McGraw and of course Carrie Underwood. It’s a great lineup for tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    When I watched the video of Haley’s parents, they said they may play it on the show. That somehow got translated into she will be performing it on the show. I think they could still play a snip of her song and Pia’s in an into package. Or not. I personally don’t think they will.

  • satchvai

    I think Haley’s vox are wrecked at this point anyway so wouldn’t be a great idea to sing her single. Give her some rest then do it on media tour.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    It’s odd. Haley’s single thing is the only “rumor” that is still persisting up there, and it would be really nice to get an absolute confirmation or refutation…if false, I wonder why it hasn’t been refuted?

    Mom and Dad Reinhart apparently have loose lips, but they were certainly right about the Top 3 set list (if not on the details of the Zeppelin permission).

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    I think Haley’s vox are wrecked at this point anyway so wouldn’t be a great idea to sing her single. Give her some rest then do it on media tour.

    According to the false manufactured drama, her vox were in better shape last night than Lauren’s. I just find it odd that it hasn’t been refuted yet. It sure does seem unlikely, and yet…

  • SpenserJ

    I still think it wouldn’t be right for her or any of the other contestants to perform original songs.

    After seeing what they gave Lauren as an “original” song, I’m not holding out a lot of hope for Haley’s. With the timing, I’m sure she had to pick a song that was already on hand. So, I’m wondering if hers is also a song that’s been recorded, released and failed several times before?

    Whatever it is, Jimmy will probably get it out within the next couple of weeks. I’m just hoping it’s not as shitty of a song as Lauren & Scotty got. Lauren & Scotty will already get contracts. Haley’s single needs to help her get one. So, I’m hoping for a little better quality song, since she has more to prove.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Whatever it is, Jimmy will probably get it out within the next couple of weeks. I’m just hoping it’s not as shitty of a song as Lauren & Scotty got. Lauren & Scotty will already get contracts. Haley’s single needs to help her get one. So, I’m hoping for a little better quality song, since she has more to prove.

    Since she allegedly rejected two songs, it’s safe to assume she was careful about it.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    The physical CD “singles” are a thing of the past, right? I have the ones issued for Kat and Taylor from S5. Is it true that those haven’t been done since?

    There are some really, really crappy things about the ITunes/mp3 player revolution in recorded music. Maybe I’m Old School, but I still like to have my music and my favorite artists in physical form. Ah, well, we can all hope that an actual Haley CD may come out at some point.

  • fuzzywuzzy
    Ugh at Pia and Charice. Belt-fest.

    I think Pia got screwed here. Charice has the lowest profile out of all of the guests tonight.

    Charice has been very successful in Asia, not so much in North America. She will be releasing 2 singles on May 31 from her upcoming sophomore CD, so the timing of this appearance is great promotion for her. I agree though that she’s not a big, established artist.

    Same with Jack Black, who is part of a comedic, satirical “rock” group performing with Casey. Jack’s movie, Kung Fu Panda II opens at the end of this week, so an appearance on Idol is great, very timely promotion for him too.

  • SpenserJ

    She will be releasing 2 singles on May 31 from her upcoming sophomore CD, so the timing of this appearance is great promotion for her. I agree though that she’s not a big, established artist.

    Yeah, exactly. Great promo for her – but most of the viewers won’t be all that familiar with her right now (except maybe the Glee-watchers). It’s a good thing for Charice, I’m just not so sure it was the best choice for Pia.

  • satchvai

    I call “Night and Day” for the Haley/TB duet.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think Haley getting a chance to sing with a Tony Bennett is fantastic! Absolutely, the chance of a lifetime for her. How many singers will have the opportunity to sing with a true legend like TB. I believe any singer, no matter if they are “current” or have been around for awhile–would be thrilled to do a duet with him. I mean, look at the line up on his duet albums.

    Totally agree. It’s a tremendous honor to sing with Tony Bennett, one of the all-time great singers.

  • wolfsbane813

    Carrie Underwood duet with Lauren Alaina

    OMG YES YES YES YES :D

  • tinawina

    Since she allegedly rejected two songs, it’s safe to assume she was careful about it.

    Taylor Hicks rejected songs too, and still ended up with Do I Make You Proud.

  • Mary102

    Wow – many of these acts are really not very good. Spiderman is pretty much a laughingstock debacle on broadway at this point – beyond salvation from all accounts, lol.

    Another JLo performance!?! (rolls eyes) – yeah, cuz you’ve pretty much just used the whole season to promote yourself while not actually doing your job.

    I boycotted last night, tempted to just have this on in the background. Haley with Tony Bennett could be good.

    Pretty much the only things I’m looking forward to are Judas Priest (that was a good catch there!) and Gaga (LOVE the album and that song).

  • satchvai

    Jlo should sit her ass out and let Lee take her spot. Just saying.

  • SpenserJ

    Jlo should sit her ass out and let Lee take her spot. Just saying.

    Since she’s singing with the hubby, I’m assuming they’ll do some sort of Spanish duet. This is probably payback for Marc for helping out with the contestants. Nigel probably promised him a spot.

    I’m trying to figure out how the heck Kirk Franklin & the surviving members of TLC got spots. (Don’t get me wrong, I love TLC, but that one seems a little random).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, exactly. Great promo for her – but most of the viewers won’t be all that familiar with her right now (except maybe the Glee-watchers). It’s a good thing for Charice, I’m just not so sure it was the best choice for Pia.

    I agree. Same for Jack Black. Since both Charice and Jack have products to promote, Idol probably managed to have them appear for free (or perhaps, even made some money out of the deal). So much of Idol makes sense as long as you look at the bottom line: $$$.

  • Elliegrll

    Nigel confirmed that Kirk Franklin will be performing.

    It will be a joke to have another J-Lo promotional segment, but not more idol alums.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It will be a joke to have another J-Lo promotional segment, but not more idol alums.

    I agree, but I’m sure that JLo and Steven’s promotion during the years and performances on the finale were specified in their contracts. It still sucks, especially since they didn’t do their jobs as “judges”.

  • Nina1

    When I watched the video of Haley’s parents, they said they may play it on the show. That somehow got translated into she will be performing it on the show.

    That’s the way I heard it, also. Given the singles chosen for the winners last night, it may be just as well this single is not sung.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sometimes, I love Nigel. From Twitter:

    RT @Brando15HRfan: Can someone tell me who the heeeell Tony Bennett is??? [A NEW TYPE OF MORON HAS EMERGED….. THE FRIGHTENINGLY IGNORANT!] about 2 hours ago via Echofon

    LOL!

  • lucy

    I think Pia got screwed here. Charice has the lowest profile out of all of the guests tonight.

    On the other hand, that may give Pia herself a chance to shine. There have been plenty of cases where celebrity guests kind of took over the spotlight from an idol or ignored the contestant or got a song arrangement that was all them and hardly any Idol or had such an old, shot-to-heck voice that it ruined the whole performance, etc. Those aren’t good situations either.

    I think it’s possible that these two might be able to just do a very good duet, which could well make Pia look better than if she’d sung with a bigger name.

  • googletot

    I think Pia got screwed here. Charice has the lowest profile out of all of the guests tonight

    Pia came in 9th – should have a big guest star should sing with.

  • hoosiermama

    satchvai says:
    05/25/2011 at 1:01 pm

    Jlo should sit her ass out and let Lee take her spot. Just saying.

    Couldn’t agree more! Enough with the judges performing!

  • girlygirl

    My twit isn’t working. Can someone tweet Nigel and find out if there will be those stupid awards about funniest audition, etc? Because if there isn’t enough time for lee then there shouldn’t be time for any of that stupidity

  • panz

    Thrilled to hear that Haley is doing a duet with Tony Bennett. I bet she’s thrilled, too. This should be the highlight of the evening.

  • tinawina

    I’m trying to figure out how the heck Kirk Franklin & the surviving members of TLC got spots.

    I’m guessing Kirk Franklin is Jacob’s duet partner?

    I’m as lost on TLC as you are. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    RE: Pia… how often do 9th place finishers even get a duet and not a smaller group number?

    RE: Tony Bennett: he may be jazz crooner, but when I think of Jazz greats, his name does not come to mind. I think Ella, Billie, Armstrong, Monk, etc. I realize all these people are dead, but I’m afraid Tony Bennett never springs to mind when the word jazz is mentioned. :-) Not to say it won’t be a cool duet.

  • jinger

    Could TLC/Lil Jon be performing with Naima? That would be fun.

  • J9BT

    googletot says:

    05/25/2011 at 1:26 pm

    I think Pia got screwed here. Charice has the lowest profile out of all of the guests tonight

    Pia came in 9th – should have a big guest star should sing with.

    Charice has been on Glee this season, so I think she’s higher profile for the key demo group than some of these older performers.

  • J9BT

    jinger says:

    05/25/2011 at 2:36 pm

    Could TLC/Lil Jon be performing with Naima? That would be fun.

    Maybe! I agree that would be really fun!

  • jinger

    I think it would be nice to have Karen sing with J-Lo and Marc, and I hope they get something for Paul.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This source reports that Charice will not be performing with Pia tonight.

    Despite rumors that Charice will make a guest appearance on the season finale of “American Idol,” a source close to Warner Brothers Records said though “American Idol” was interested, last minute arrangements could not be done in time for Wednesday’s show.

  • J9BT

    Hmmm well maybe Jacob is singing with Kirk Franklin & Pia is singing with Gladys Night?

  • miniglik

    Hmmm well maybe Jacob is singing with Kirk Franklin & Pia is singing with Gladys Night?

    Or TLC?

  • jinger

    I suppose they could put Stefano either on the gospel side or with TLC. This is fun! And I know Kris isn’t performing, but Paul would be a hoot on Shut That Door, especially if he wore one of his suits :)

    Paul could sing with his band. Didn’t they just put something out recently?

  • GwendolynD

    It’s probably Jacob singing with Gladys. It’s hard to imagine him singing with Kirk Franklin, since he doesn’t exactly sing and his songs aren’t conducive to Jacob’s tendency to caterwaul.

  • Trina

    Can Pia sing her single!!?? C’mon Interscope is gonna eventually start pimpin her anyway!

  • satchvai

    What/who is TLC? Kinda missing that reference.

  • jinger

    I think I’ll go with Jacob and Gladys, Stefano and Kirk, and Pia singing a solo of some kind.

  • halo9125

    I have to say, I’m not heartbroken that I won’t be seeing Charice.

  • Elliegrll

    It’s probably Jacob singing with Gladys. It’s hard to imagine him singing with Kirk Franklin, since he doesn’t exactly sing and his songs aren’t conducive to Jacob’s tendency to caterwaul.

    Jacob is essentially a gospel singer, and Kirk has gospel singers and choirs on his songs, so it’s a good fit.

    What/who is TLC? Kinda missing that reference.

    TLC is a popular female group from the 1990’s. Since they haven’t made any new music in years, their spot is just another one that should have gone to an alum.

  • tinawina

    What/who is TLC? Kinda missing that reference.

    That question hurt my feelings. :D

    Anyway, here they go.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Are TLC rappers? Didn’t Stefano say something about collaborating with rappers? Maybe, Stefano will be singing with them?

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Taylor Hicks rejected songs too, and still ended up with Do I Make You Proud.

    Which was still infinitely better than “My Destiny.” In fact, it was one of the least bad of all coronation songs. It even inspired a Weird Al parody.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Hours later, the Haley single rumor STILL has not been refuted. Since a lot of outlets picked this up, this is kind of interesting…Hm…

  • jinger

    Oh no! I just realized I forgot about Thia. Ok, I give up. lol

  • tomk

    Well the source that said Haley’s song would be played the finale was her parents. Her cousin (via Twitter) has shot down the rumor; saying Idol was considering it but decided not to do it. So, who knows? AI is definitely not going to confirm or deny at this point – they LOVE speculation like this!

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Her cousin (via Twitter) has shot down the rumor; saying Idol was considering it but decided not to do it

    I haven’t seen the actual tweet from the cousin. Where is it? I had understood that it just said she was singing with TB.

  • tomk
  • chrislongisland

    Wow, people really don’t know who TLC is? I feel so old and I’m only 32.

    TLC is the most successful female R&B / crossover group of the past 30 years. Fronted by T-Boz, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez, and Chili, TLC was one of my favorite groups growing up. Hits include What About Your Friends, Ain’t To Proud To Beg, No Scrubs, Unpretty, Baby Baby Baby, Creep, and of course, WATERFALLS, one of the best pop songs EVER.

  • BrandoC15

    God, Nigel retweeted my tweet to him! But funny thing is that he left out the other 1/2 of my tweet…

  • satchvai

    I’m 43, but was listening to King’s X at the time, so kinda missed it. Thanks for filling me in and didn’t mean to insult anyone.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg3mUhGVCgo

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    TLC is the most successful female R&B / crossover group of the past 30 years.

    And 2011 is TLC’s 20th anniversary; the group has been threatening special events and concerts. I guess this Idol appearance is one.

    Tonight’s show is increasingly feeling to me like one of those really elaborate weddings where one knows somewhere in all the glitz, this stuff is meaningful to the couple, but with all the mandatory tributes and dove releases and posed moments, one’s kinda wondering where the magic is and when one will be served cake. (Cue Lady Gaga’s arrival dressed as a wedding cake, carried on a silver platter by minions.)

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Hmmmm….the cousin doesn’t seem to be completely in the loop. Was certain Haley was stepping in for Lauren last night. Has been tweeting back and forth with a rather psychotic fan who is buying into a conspiracy theory that Haley reached some kind of underhanded deal with Nigel and company to step aside and let them have their all-country final tour, getting something in return. It all seems grassy-knollish to me.

    I’m taking the position that until MJ does a strikethrough above, there is still a possibility.

    At any rate, Haley fans were given false hope last night and had the rug pulled out, so that could justify the single performance even if the leak is a reason they decided not to do it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    LeeDeWyze
    #Headed to show Finale. Can’t wait to see all the good people over at Idol again, should be fun. Thanks for all the love guys, see ya soon:)

    #There’s a time and a place for everything :) Have a good night guys, talk to you soon.

    ETA: ?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is there a site that is streaming the Idol red carpet? Or any tv station?

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    More grassy knoll stuff for Haley fans…Slezak just tweeted this for no apparent reason: “You’re gonna hear electric music, solid walls of sound.”

    Or WAS it just random? Hmmmm….

  • satchvai
  • wolfsbane813

    More grassy knoll stuff for Haley fans…Slezak just tweeted this for no apparent reason: “You’re gonna hear electric music, solid walls of sound.”

    Or WAS it just random? Hmmmm….

    he’s probably moved on from listening to carly’s band’s stuff to listening to haley’s bennie and the jets lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks, satchvai! :)

  • TwigLA

    does that mtv red carpet link work for anyone? I just get ‘buffering’

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m just getting ‘buffering’ too. Maybe, it hasn’t started yet?

  • satchvai
  • Keel

    Just noticed that one of Steven Tyler’s “musical friends” who’ll be backing him up tonight when he sings Dream On is Marti Fredericksen who co-wrote with Cook on Time Marches On and Take Me As I Am both of which will be on Cook’s upcoming album. Both fantastic songs.

    On TLC being on Idol tonight:

    and of course, WATERFALLS, one of the best pop songs EVER.

    Agreed 1000%.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Is there a site that is streaming the Idol red carpet? Or any tv station?

    American Idol;
    http://www.americanidol.com/finale/surround_videos/

    MTV hosted by Jim Cantiello
    http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/518802/live-from-the-american-idol-finale-red-carpet.jhtml#id=1640130

  • tomk

    Mahler –

    It definitely has driven up interest for Haley’s fans for tonight. As a Haley fan (also liked Pia and James this season; and didn’t mind Paul), I will say that I have never seen such “panic” over an Idol finale (not necessarily by you). Idol has every reason to show Haley in a good light tonight – all they see are $$$$. I think some Haley fans just need to take one of Haley’s chill pills – they will treat her just fine. And if her performance “only” consists of a duet with Tony Bennett, I am sure she would go to sleep tonight with a giant smile.

  • druzilla

    I didn’t watch Idol 10 this season but checked Elton Week (Top 11 pt 2) because I’m a fan of his music. Scotty was my pick from that so I’m glad he won.

    WGWG 4/4!

    Will he be the next Carrie Underwood or will he be panned by Country Music?

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    And if her performance “only” consists of a duet with Tony Bennett, I am sure she would go to sleep tonight with a giant smile.

    Agreed. It was a beautiful moment. There is no way an original song from any of the idols would have worked in the context of that great show Nigel staged. Would have been out of place–very good decision not to do it. I just hope the song ends up being good.

  • smart141voter

    No Conspiracy in American Idol? Really?
    1. The demographic of American Idol viewers is mostly viewers from the Southern States (South) (see wikipedia).
    2. The rating trend was downward. This year revenue is down 17% than last year. New producer (Nigel Lythgoe) has to do something about it.
    3. Out of 10 winners 8 winners were from the South (2 of them are very successful: Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood; the majority of their music-genre fans is from the South).
    4. There were 2 ‘potential’ contenders from the South in Top 13 (Lauren Alaina & Scott McCreery; their music-genre is popular in the South).
    5. The voting system is NOT verifiable. Even if a contestant is considered very talented by the music experts/industry/viewers, he/she can be voted off, and suspicion about manipulation is almost zero. Because in people’s mind: “Because viewers can vote unlimited, contestant whose fans vote like ‘crazy’ will win, contestants who can’t generate excitement will lose.” This is where TPTB has the ‘loophole’: they reserve the right to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual. They have created their own privilege to steer the direction of the outcome of the show to what they deem necessary for the sake of the show. Viewers are just ‘pawns’ and ‘scapegoats’ (“How come they are so stupid to vote him/her off?”; Remember: ‘cougars’/’tweens/teens were to be blamed ) The contestants are the talented young musicians who are in desperate need to survive. Absolutely they are thankful for being exposed to millions and got (meagerly) paid too (they get $1000/week; in comparison: host, judges get between $10M-$20M for each of them; who knows how big is the chunk for TPTB) Remember: without these contestants, there is no show. But they better shut up. The repercussion is huge.
    6. The goal of “All New” American Idol was to reverse the downward trend. How? Courting the viewers from the South. How? The winner has to be from the South.
    7. Eliminate all 5 female contestants (they all are NOT from the South)
    8. Then Paul, Stefano, Casey, Jacob, James, Haley.
    9. Lauren & Scotty: in the final.
    1st & 2nd from the South. Double whammy. Rating soaring (majority of viewers (South) love it). Trend reversed (even without Simon, wow). Goal achieved. Huge success. $$$ pouring in. ‘Long live American $dol (& N$gel)’!