TMZ reports:

We’re told Haley just finished rehearsing, and if she does compete tonight she’ll sing 3 songs — “House of the Rising Sun,” “I Who Have Nothing” and “Bennie and the Jets.”

Michael Slezak of TVLine is reporting:

American Idol‘s presumed third-place finisher Haley Reinhart “is rehearsing right now” as a possible substitute for finalist Lauren Alaina, a source close to the show tells TVLine.com. Alaina, who lost her voice earlier today, says the show insider, is receiving “medical attention” in an attempt to take the stage for tonight’s performance finale, which will air in less than 45 minutes on Fox. Reports of Lauren’s illness first broke on TMZ.com. Within the last 30 minutes, American Idol‘s official Twitter feed sent out a photo of Alaina and fellow Top 2 contestant Scotty McCreery getting their hair and makeup done for tonight’s show.

This sounds a little hysterical to me. It’s from TMZ:

Lauren Alaina may not get her shot to be the next “American Idol” because she has lost her voice …spies on the set tell TMZ … and it could be the break of a lifetime for Haley Reinhart.

We’re told during the rehearsal this afternoon, Lauren — who has been losing her voice — was supposed to sing three songs. She got through the first, struggled through the second and was unable to perform the third.

Our spies say a doctor on the set has ordered Lauren not to sing or speak, but there is a “real possibility” she will not be able to perform on tonight’s show.

We’re told if Lauren is unable to perform, producers will reinstate the third place finisher — Haley Reinhart who will then compete against Scotty McCreery for the title.

Producers are trying to find Haley right now.

Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. Yep. I smell a publicity stunt!

 
  • hazuki

    Bullshit. Just crown Scotty now.

  • thebluemartini

    Umm…I don’t see how that could happen (in regards to Haley performing instead)

  • McCreerian

    “Spies?” Lol.

  • McCreerian

    The show goes on in one hour. How can Haley have enough time to rehearse and get her songs together? Maybe Lauren’s voice is shot, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to DQ her. This next hour could be interesting!

  • Nina1

    Aw, c’mon.

  • miniglik

    LOL.

    I can just see it. She’s so so sick. She tries so hard (and sings like she normally does, with a little extra raspiness), and we crown her winner for singing with a cold.

  • tinawina

    LMAO

  • Miss Chaos

    OMG What is Nigel up to now, to get Haleys fans to watch the show, He is really a tool! Or is he???? LOLOL

  • lili_anne7

    WTH….I am speechless. How is this going to work? It would not be fair to Haley either because she has not rehearsed.

  • paperboating

    I can’t see this happening, especially with the Haley part. There would be way too much backlash if they replaced Lauren. It would not go down well at all.

    This is probably a way to drum up some more viewers before the show. Cue *drama* …. ….

  • Desdemona

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Please. Just. No. Haley. I don’t want to have to vote tonight. Between Scotty and Lauren, I don’t care, but dammit, no Haley!

  • sma11ie

    I remember in S7, both Davids were rumored to be losing their voices with all the rehearsals (they had to learn like 15 songs that week), and when it got down to the wire, weren’t there reports that Archie had lost his voice as well? At the end, both guys got cortisone shots and pulled through in good voice. In fact, Archie, who was reported to have had more trouble was in STELLAR voice the whole night, and sounded better than he had in weeks. I’m predicting (hoping, actually, as a Lauren fan) the same for Lauren. Those cortisone shots are not to be messed with, but for the AI finale? Yeah, they’d pull it out.

    The Haley thing is total B.S., IMO.

  • miniglik

    Doesn’t AI have a lot of power over what TMZ puts out?

    I think this may just be truly awe-inspiring Lauren-pimping manipulation. I bow to you, Uncle Nigel.

  • McCreerian

    Ok, this picture was JUST tweeted by idol:

    http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg616/scaled.php?tn=0&server=616&filename=bpznez.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

    It said “Only ONE HOUR to go. This is it! Make or break time for @SMcCreeryAI10 and @LAlainaAI10!! #IdolFinale http://yfrog.com/h4bpznezj

  • halo9125

    Photo just tweeted by AI

    http://yfrog.com/h4bpznezj

    Lauren doesn’t look good lol (wtf is up with the hair?) but looks that the show must go one.

  • miniglik

    OMG What is Nigel up to now, to get Haleys fans to watch the show

    Maybe that, but also: Lauren wins just by showing up! How brave! How inspirational!

  • steph6449

    Whether this is even a real scenario, who knows. Wasn’t it Casey earlier this year, and Crystal last year, who supposedly were on the verge of being unable to appear?

    But for discussion’s sake, lol — that would be pretty hardline of the show when they have accommodated various issues in the past, to knock out the fairly voted (presumably) second place finisher due to medical issues she probably can’t help. And worse yet, to bring back a voted-off finalist.

    And how would that be good for anyone. Obviously bad for Lauren. And Haley would have no time to prepare/rehearse, etc. How would the song selection work to make it fair with Scotty. And it could even be unfair to Scotty if Haley were dragged back in by producers, and somehow pulled out good performances… That would presumably get hailed, perhaps rightly, as some miraculous feat, thereby creating an unequal dynamic for the one contestant who wasn’t involved with the switchoff.

  • Desdemona

    It just can’t happen. It just can’t. A tweet from American Idol doesn’t mention a word about it.

    AmericanIdol American Idol
    Only ONE HOUR to go. This is it! Make or break time for @SMcCreeryAI10 and @LAlainaAI10!! #IdolFinale yfrog.com/h4bpznezj

  • Parkbench

    No no no no! Haley doesn’t deserve to be in the finale. >=[ Bring back Stefano or James! hahahahaha Anyone but Haley! But I’m sure that is not true and it will be between Scotty and Lauren…

  • Kirsten

    LOL. Uncle Nigel carnival barker in full force. “Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up. Have I got a show for you? Can the little girl sing? Where is the little ingenue that could replace her? Can the girls triumph over that dude? Tickets going fast!”

    Please. Give her a few shots and have the judges use the story to get Lauren some votes. Maybe he can get his upset.

    I now have visions of Randy-the-enforcing taking away Lauren’s keys to her new Ford and giving them Haley while Steven watches on in horror.

    This is the most bizarre year.

    I seem to recall that Kat had vocal issues her year too. They really have the kids do way too much that last week.

  • Pam

    The Haley thing is total B.S., IMO.

    I agree. There is no way this will happen. I think the show would rather crown Scotty now if this were true. Yep mj this is so a publicity stunt.

    I seem to recall that Kat had vocal issues her year too. They really have the kids do way too much that last week.

    She did. She was having real trouble on t2 performance night. I remember it like it was yesterday. I think the trouble was really noticeable when she performed what was to be her single. I think Taylor would have won regardless but that final performance of hers basically sealed the deal for him.

  • http://www.latenightbanter.com MBLovesPaula

    Desdemona says:
    05/24/2011 at 7:01 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Please. Just. No. Haley. I don’t want to have to vote tonight. Between Scotty and Lauren, I don’t care, but dammit, no Haley!

    LOL at this ^. In all seriousness, it makes sense. Like everyone’s saying, all week TPTB have heard casual viewers and fans of Haley/James saying they won’t watch this boring country finale. What better way to drum up some interest than to float a story like this?

    My only thing is, why not float it a few hours earlier, when we might be more inclined to believe they’re actually having Haley sing? But AN HOUR of prep time? Gimme a break.

  • Shorty

    Maybe they could just put Lauren in the top ten next year without any auditions.

  • tomk

    Obvious publicity stunt – who wants to make a wager that one of the judges tonight will reference, “We know you were losing your voice before – and to come out here and sing like that – unbelievable! We have a race, America!”

  • sparkledheartsss

    I don’t believe this for a second. Could she just be worried about losing her voice?? I doubt with AN HOUR to go until showtime that she would just panic and want to quit. If she lost her voice that’s a different story but how in the WORLD would haley get 3 songs ready on the spot?? This is totally just a rumor IMO. I have no doubt that Lauren will perform in some capacity tonight. TMZ is NEVER that reliable to begin with.

  • laz

    Lol. Are they that desperate for viewers?

  • Kirsten

    No no no no! Haley doesn’t deserve to be in the finale. >=[ Bring back Stefano or James! hahahahaha Anyone but Haley

    Now I have visions of them not being able to find anybody in their desperate search of the theatre and having to throw Ashton out there to compete against Scotty.

    Wipeout!

    See, I told you kiddies to always get to the theatre early. You never know.

  • McCreerian

    Again, people should look at this picture JUST posted:

    Only ONE HOUR to go. This is it! Make or break time for @SMcCreeryAI10 and @LAlainaAI10!! #IdolFinale http://yfrog.com/h4bpznezj

  • Shorty

    I don’t think stage mama would allow this to happen. “Fuck your poor little voice sweetheart, the show must go on.”

  • johanna

    Best way to increase the viewers LOL. They are probably afraid that only Country fans will be watching. LOL

  • tomr

    LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Now Haley’s supporters will have to tune in. I love it!

  • Kitwana

    Since we’re dealing with the ridiculous, how great would it be if Lauren really could not perform and they brough in Lee DeWyze to compete against Scotty at the last minute. And how funny would it be if Lee won again?

  • miniglik

    I have to say, if the show itself says that Lauren is sick and brave and isn’t she awesome for performing, I’m picking up the phone and power voting all evening for Scotty.

  • Pam

    I’m not going to personally read anything into that twitpic. I think it’s just a picture and nothing more.

    I have to say, if the show itself says that Lauren is sick and brave and isn’t she awesome for performing, I’m picking up the phone and power voting all evening for Scotty.

    I will be doing that regardless.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. Yep. I smell a publicity stunt!

    Ya think? LOL!

  • http://www.latenightbanter.com MBLovesPaula

    Kirsten says:
    05/24/2011 at 7:10 pm

    Now I have visions of them not being able to find anybody in their desperate search of the theatre and having to throw Ashton out there to compete against Scotty.

    Wipeout!

    See, I told you kiddies to always get to the theatre early. You never know.

    Epic comment. ^

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Wow, this is such a huge publicity stunt, I think that they are seeing that tonight is not generating too much interest unless you are a country fan. A few country songs on the finale, ok, but all country, kinda boring. I wish Scotty and Lauren well but boring. Haley does deserve to be there along with any of the other top 11 but I am not tuning in for this baloney. sheesh, cant wait for tomorrow night!

  • chicksineggz

    Whaaaat?!
    LMAO. This is one of the dumbest, most unbelievable things I’ve ever heard from TMZ (relating to Idol). But yeah, just sounds like they’re trying to gain more viewers last second. Don’t worry Nigel, I’ll be watching.

  • McCreerian

    This could be a way to get her sympathy votes…

  • blmetsfan

    I think it’s true. lol I’m gullible like that.

  • iav123

    ITS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? IM ABOUT TO FLIP OUT!!

  • halo9125

    Doesn’t it just make you want to tweet Nigel:

    @dizzyfeet, the morons aren’t buying this bullshit

  • lovineyes

    Someone who is at the show just tweeted that band is playing Bennie and the Jets now….. Hm.

  • chrislongisland

    As a huge Haley fan, I’m not buying this at all. Besides, Scotty is going to win anyway so really this is just to protect poor little Lauren more than anything else.

    And if I was Haley, I wouldn’t do it. Let someone else take the fall for Scotty Cooke McCreery tonight.

  • blmetsfan

    Wow! How crazy. I feel terrible for Lauren.

  • Mel1

    Hey, Nigel even the 12-year old morons from Wisconsin are smelling the stench.

  • brian_ny1976

    that is total bullshit…if thats true…im not watching…screw haley

  • leome

    Someone who is at the show just tweeted that band is playing Bennie and the Jets now….. Hm.

    lol what even?
    This is either a hige conspiracy to deceive us all or it’s happening. I can’t imagine it even being allowed.

  • BrandoC15

    Someone at the show said the band is playing “Bennie and the Jets”. Hmm….

  • movin2thabeet

    It could be a stunt to get some drama stoked, but actually, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched to me. We already know that Lauren isn’t comfortable pushing herself beyond what she knows, and that she has a confidence issue. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this intense experience, of learning a bunch of new songs and choreography as well as recording in a very limited timeframe, is pushing her well beyond her comfort level, and into a place of no tolerance, no voice.

    Well, we’ll find out soon.

  • blmetsfan

    maskedscheduler posted this (the idol insider) — whatever it means.

    RT @2Earley: Crazy drama behind the scenes at Idol. Have never had this on a final performance show before.>and he should know

  • songsungblue

    Screw Haley? How did she get to take the fall for this one? LOL! Poor Haley, she’s not even in the picture and she’s guilty! ;)

    I think it would be awesome, actually. Heh. Best laid plans and all that. But I seriously doubt it will happen.

  • chicksineggz

    LOL. If Haley were to perform tonight at all, why the heck would she sing Bennie and the Jets?

  • http://www.latenightbanter.com MBLovesPaula

    Bennie and the Jets?? Even if Haley WAS reinstated, why would they have her sing a song we’ve already heard twice from her on the Idol stage, including last Thursday? Plus she sang it at her homecoming concert and on her radio interview. Still think this is total BS…..

  • McCreerian

    Someone who is at the show just tweeted that band is playing Bennie and the Jets now….. Hm.

    I think the person tweeting was joking.

  • windmills

    Oh please. LaurenA was having a Twitter party earlier today and was merry as ever. Plus that picture of them getting ready.

    LOL.

  • Miss Blue

    Is a Haley rumor being put out to get those of us who will NOT be watching the 2 bumpkins to tune in tonight?

    Sorry Idol, it ain’t going to work in this house. Couldn’t stomach the sight of Scott all season, won’t be watching you crown him the king as you kiss his ass for 2 hours.

  • Buffynut

    I think Nigel wants to stir up the Lauren Alaina fans. This plus the statement about Scotty being the biggest sellers EVAH, just screams that!!

  • blmetsfan

    I think she probably was sick, but will still go tonight. If Idol wanted the non-country finale, they certainly could have made that happen last Thursday. lol

  • McCreerian

    @TVGuide Calm down, #Idol fans! Fox reps confirm to TVGuide.com that it’s still Scotty and Lauren in the finale tonight!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I would love for this to be true, but I’m sure it’s not. If it were true, and Haley’s parents were in town, I’m sure she could find new songs to sing. She’s been performing for years and probably has many songs she can choose from.

    But again, I doubt it’s true.

    If Lauren was unable to sing at rehearsal, it could be more from nerves than anything else. Maybe she knows she doesn’t have a shot in hell in winning this thing and it’s all too much for her?

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    Lauren’s performing….according to a lot of tweets.

  • Marylee

    If they bring her back..totally unfair to Lauren. Having said this, I think they’re throwing Scotty under the bus too. Just sayin’..no need for rebuttals. :)

  • gabriel oak

    Oh, I wish this were true. It would make for GREAT TV. Someone call me if it happens because I’m not watching tonight.

  • hicksaholic

    Crap, I was getting excited!

  • iluvai

    Why would they pull a stupid stunt like this???? It’s so annoying!!! I’m so sick of all the drama they keep trying to pull with the fans!!!!

  • Ringo

    That really makes me want to watch tonight!!! If only Scotty was sick too and we could get Haley v. James. Better yet, we get Lauren doing a Paul-esque croak v. the country crooner. Upping the amp on dull!

  • miniglik

    Nigel wins. I’m watching this show because the crazy is hilarious.

  • miniglik

    If only Scotty was sick too and we could get Haley v. James.

    Even better if they’re singing songs they don’t know.

    It’d be, like, a Nuts of Wonder singoff.

    EDIT: Oops. 2 comments in a row.

  • iluvai

    That really makes me want to watch tonight!!! If only Scotty was sick too and we could get Haley v. James.

    Well that doesn’t irk me as much. :)

  • Cate

    @MichaelSlezakTV: ‘Idol’ Exclusive: Haley Reinhart ‘Rehearsing’ as Possible Sub for Ailing Lauren Alaina http://bit.ly/m2QNHu

  • hicksaholic

    Damn you American Idol!

  • blmetsfan

    Heck, throw Jaycee in there. :)

  • Pam

    Slezak just hopes this is true. Ugh. No offense to Haley though.

  • Mtlfan

    just logged in and for a second i tought yippeee!! i’m watching idol tonight… hm Jim C. twitted that he has sources confirming that Lauren will perform. I might watch a bit though to see David perform

  • tomk

    “Screw Haley” – too funny. People will probably come out saying that Haley must have slipped something in Lauren’s drink if this was to really happen.

  • blmetsfan

    Wow, so it’s definitely true.

  • NOLA

    I love Nigel LOL

  • Desdemona

    This cannot happen! I am going tol be sick. Slezak has picked up the story and said Haley is practicing ‘in case’. Dammit – SHE cannot be in the Final 2. She was eliminated last week and this is not fair. Sure, if they need someone else to help entertain tonight, bring in any of the idols that are available, but the vote is between Scotty and Lauren, not between Scotty and Haley!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    “@MichaelSlezakTV: ‘Idol’ Exclusive: Haley Reinhart ‘Rehearsing’ as Possible Sub for Ailing Lauren Alaina http://bit.ly/m2QNHu

    Oh, please let it be true. I just hope if it is, Haley doesn’t get stuck with Lauren’s waredrobe.

  • brian_ny1976

    i hope haley chokes on her own tongue and passes out and they put james in

  • jammasta

    This may be the best thing ever or the worst thing ever. If Haley made finale this would be amazing. Otherwise this may hurt Scotty. NO NO NO.

  • Ringo

    The great thing about being on the west coast is that we don’t have to tune if ifs its just Scotty and Lauren singing. Although Lauren doing a Tom Waites song might be entertaining. Truly, just imagine the waterwords if she can’t sing

  • callmecrazy

    Nigel=Harold Camping

  • GwendolynD

    This is is ridiculous. Still not watching, Nigel.

  • hicksaholic

    I think Lauren will be there. She will get the “Oh my God I cannot believe how brave you are and how well you were able to nail that in your condition. You Are Definitely In It To Winh It!!!!” Then we will cut to the picture of her mother in sobbing uncontrollably then on to her hometown viewing party where all the children are looking at the camera as though the Grinch has just stolen Christmas.
    It will be a Whoville moment for sure.
    And again poor Haley is the one being dumped on by TPTB one more time.

  • 1952

    please let it be true please let it be true please let it be true .. go Haley

  • chrislongisland

    By the way, if Lauren does sing tonight, the SYMPATHY VOTES FOR HER will be huge. Part of TPTB’s plan?

  • dancingqueen

    Just trying to get those who weren’t going to watch to tune in & up their ratings.

    McPhee got a shot & sang with the same problem.

    Whatever – I’m a Haley fan & even I don’t think that would be right to let her replace Lauren. Give Scotty the title & bring other idol contestants back to fill in the time with songs.

    Always something with this goofy show.

  • JohnM

    Sheesh, if this turns out to be true, I’ll have to watch tonight after all. I was looking forward to getting something useful done while Lawrence Welk Girl and Alfred E. Neuman conducted their snooze-fest…

  • gabriel oak

    What happens if Lauren sings one song and then can’t finish?

  • luly

    I hope that Lauren will feel better.
    So much drama, I doubt that they will let Haley to perform instead of Lauren.

  • tomk

    Scotty will likely win regardless – I don’t think Scotty fans have anything to worry about if Haley was magically entered into the finale.

  • songsungblue

    This cannot happen! I am going tol be sick. Slezak has picked up the story and said Haley is practicing ‘in case’. Dammit – SHE cannot be in the Final 2. She was eliminated last week and this is not fair. Sure, if they need someone else to help entertain tonight, bring in any of the idols that are available, but the vote is between Scotty and Lauren, not between Scotty and Haley!

    Heh. This is going to be so good. **grabs popcorn**

  • Willis

    Wow, Nigel will do ANYTHING to get me to watch tonight. (I think I may have become too cynical)

  • lili_anne7

    http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/24/lauren-alaina-haley-reinhart-scotty-mccreery-american-idol-finale-drop-out-laryngintis-lost-voice/

    A new article from TMZ. Lauren and Haley are puting on make up, if Lauren can’t sing come show time, Haley replaces her and sing House of Rising Sun, Bennie J, and I who have nothing

  • hicksaholic

    What happens if Lauren sings one song and then can’t finish?

    That would be a good thing!

  • chrislongisland

    *IF* Haley does sing tonight, she will lose to Scotty. BUT, think about this, the JUDGES will have no pre-prepared comments!

  • Mtlfan

    What happens if Lauren sings one song and then can’t finish?

    she’ll have TONS of sympathy votes. lol

  • sooziequsie

    I think Lauren will be there. She will get the “Oh my God I cannot believe how brave you are and how well you were able to nail that in your condition. You Are Definitely In It To Winh It!!!!” Then we will cut to the picture of her mother in sobbing uncontrollably then on to her hometown viewing party where all the children are looking at the camera as though the Grinch has just stolen Christmas.
    It will be a Whoville moment for sure.
    And again poor Haley is the one being dumped on by TPTB one more time.

    THIS.

  • tibitibis

    luly says:
    So much drama. I doubt that they will let Haley to perform instead of Lauren.

    Yeah, this is another Nigel masterplan LOL.

  • paperboating

    Oh Nigel, you are such a brilliant mastermind. This will be fun to watch. Remember it’s “Reality TV.”

    There’s no way Lauren would give up her idol lifelong dream. She’d go out there hoarse and horrific before she would bail out.

  • eyin

    And if they let Haley perform, how is she supposed to get votes? Viewers who are expecting Lauren to compete will just say fck it and not vote. Those who are rooting for Haley and doesn’t care about tonight’s finale won’t know anything about Haley competing. Geez this is a trainwreck if it’s true. That is a big IF though. I highly doubt this’ll happen.

  • McCreerian

    From Ryan Seacrest twitter:

    Let’s get these trending – are you #teamlauren or #teamscotty? #idolfinale

  • Willis

    After 2 minutes of thought, I really don’t believe this for a second. Yet another Nigel/TMZ production.

    Not that it’s a real possibility, but what if Haley DID perform for votes AND won. Biggest Idol moment ever!

  • chrislongisland

    For those of you say it’s not fair for Haley to be in the top 2, what the hell do you want them to do? It’s not Haley’s fault that Lauren got laryngitis, and there is no way you can have a vote for Lauren if Lauren is not singing tonight.

  • blmetsfan

    I wonder what happens if she sings a song, then can’t continue. Let Haley finish? lol Neither can beat Scotty anyway.

  • tibitibis

    By the way, if Lauren does sing tonight, the SYMPATHY VOTES FOR HER will be huge. Part of TPTB’s plan?

    First thing i thought …what a plan.

  • Steelers36

    I don’t see why not let Haley perform. But the fans will still vote Scotty and I am a big Haley backer. They have to fill out the show and if a contestant cannot perform they cannot win. But I agree it would not be fair for Haley to win now after fans rejected her. But the Haley fans could pour it on. All Lauren’s votes will go to Scotty and he already had almost enough to win.

    So don’t sweat it. I will be happy to see Haley perform instead of immature, not-ready, Lauren.

  • tibitibis

    From Ryan Seacrest twitter:
    Let’s get these trending – are you #teamlauren or #teamscotty? #idolfinale

    The you have, is not true , fake drama to got some buzz…wow! :o

  • McCreerian

    i guess we will find out in a few minutes…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lauren will perform. Nigel leaking this story is to try to beef up her votes. There is nothing that the man won’t do to boost ratings for this show and manipulate the viewers.

  • lostinidol

    Nigel really is a tool. I’d be okay if he did it with a wink and smile the way Simon does. But next thing you know Nigel will be tweeting about how innocent he is and how he’d never manipulate the audience. Geez.

  • Ringo

    I will not watch but Lauren is such a trooper, I will bring the lap top home and put my 1400 votes in for her. Shame on Scotty for getting her sick like this!

  • tibitibis

    I think Lauren will be there. She will get the “Oh my God I cannot believe how brave you are and how well you were able to nail that in your condition. You Are Definitely In It To Winh It!!!!” Then we will cut to the picture of her mother in sobbing uncontrollably then on to her hometown viewing party where all the children are looking at the camera as though the Grinch has just stolen Christmas.
    It will be a Whoville moment for sure.
    And again poor Haley is the one being dumped on by TPTB one more time.

    Totally like this lol.

  • Willis

    Besides, Haley is busy. It’s Dollar Taco Tuesday. Just a ploy to get viewers and sympathy votes for Lauren.

  • SpenserJ

    Wait – what? This can’t be true can it? I guess we’re about to find out.

  • tibitibis

    @blkeenerBrittany Keener by AInow
    Haley is sitting in the audience. #IdolFinale

    Not real , good try Nigel!!

  • Q3

    Just a stunt.

  • chrislongisland

    Time to TUNE OUT until tomorrow.

  • Swind

    Saw Haley wearing glasses in the crowd and then switched to Dancing with the Stars finale lol.

  • leome

    So, they mention it, making a bit deal out of it. Looks like they want votes for Lauren.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Oh, well it was fun while it lasted. I will tune in tomorrow to watch the finale. I’m not really bothered about who wins. Both are nice kids, I’m just not that in to them.

  • HotHotHot

    What’s the matter Nigel? Didn’t sell enough tickets? I’m somehow sure that poor brave widdle Lauren will struggle through, poor baby! :lol:

  • Willis

    CNN has live tornado touch downs, so they’re playing hardball tonight too.

  • Q3

    Now they are spinning the Idol media about how they had Haley rehearse. Still think this was an opportunistic PR stunt to make Lauren sympathetic and to get Haley fans (like me) to tune in.

    Got me to watch 1 Scotty performance.

  • tibitibis

    So, they mention it, making a bit deal out of it. Looks like they want votes for Lauren.

    Do you think? LOL, Nigel really want her to win OMG ……the thing is that i think she has a good voice to win without all this annoying and unnecessary pimp and drama. :|

  • gabriel oak

    Two lousy songs. Switching to baseball.

  • zzatrms

    I have to say, if the show itself says that Lauren is sick and brave and isn’t she awesome for performing, I’m picking up the phone and power voting all evening for Scotty.

    ^ Me too.

    This is really disgusting how much they want Lauren to win.

  • Swind

    I could careless who wins, but secretly rooting for Scotty. At least he is where he is without EVER getting the pimp spot and being consistently good. More than what I can say for Ms. Alaina/Suddeth.

  • zzatrms

    Good lord …. fluffy dress with cowgirl boots????????

  • HighOnElliott

    Wow. Guess they got the message loud and clear, of the lack of interest in watching tonight. Talk about an act of desperation for viewership. Thanking the gods I can read MJ’s play by play to see if it’s worth watching…….or not.

  • Desdemona

    Well, Scotty just performed his new single, and I have to say I can hear it on Country Radio right now. For me, it was the best of any song he’s sung all season long.

    I hope Scotty wins over Lauren. And yes, zzatrms, Lauren’s dress on the second song was HIDEOUS!

  • Desdemona

    Whoa!

    13 minutes ago
    The Durbin Source
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    Oh no Haley’s cousin did not just tweet this about Lauren.

    http://twitpic.com/5248p0

  • littlefishie

    Screw you, Nigel. I’m voting for Scotty out of spite.

  • emme

    I hope that Lauren is okay…seems like they got wind that people were not interested in watching a country idol finale and had to drum up controversy. I’m still not going to watch, specially after the comments from people who have been watching already. DWTS for the win!

  • Desdemona

    littlefishie says:
    05/24/2011 at 8:50 pm

    Screw you, Nigel. I’m voting for Scotty out of spite.

    I didn’t want to vote tonight, but dang it, I may join you.

    But now, listening to Cook, best of the night! (and loved the montage shown behind him as he sang!)

  • Desdemona

    So, if we’re to believe Haley’s cousin’s twitter, she will NOT be performing her single tomorrow night, but will be singing a duet like the others?

  • zzatrms

    Well …. I know they’re only kids and I’m supposed to be kind …. however they will be playing in the real world and they will not be so nice. They won’t worry about their feelings

    Lauren singing about mothers and going into the audience to hug her mommy was vomit inducing.

    And shame on Idol for the manipulating tonight.

  • alonzo7

    Wasn’t planning on voting but the manipulation made me pick up the phone and vote for Scotty-only gave myself a half hour.
    I remember voting for 4 hours for Clay Aiken and getting only 25 in-bad memories so limited my time.
    I felt the show was rushed through the first half hour-love Cookie but the repetition of Don’t you forget about me was too much and it seemed in a really low tone for most of the song.
    I think Scotty would represent well as the winner but he will do well regardless and after all the judges certainly want Lauren to win so I guess that’s who it will be.

  • kdsw0824

    I think it was really stupid to even have the Pity party for Lauren. Scotty all the way. I really did not care who won until tonight as I thought they were both good singers, but this was all so stupid. Cry for pity!!