Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina Make Their Opry Debut – AUDIO – VIDEO

attends the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina made their Grand Ole Opry debuts tonight in Nashville! Listen below.

Lauren sings Leann Rimes “Blue” and her single “Like my Mother Does”. She tells the audience that her legs are shaking, she’s so nervous.

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Scotty sings “Love You This Big” and George Strait’s “Check Yes or No”. After, Lauren joins Scotty on stage for a special presentation from the general manager of the Opry who presents the duo with special commemorative plaques and the jerseys they will wear in tomorrow’s charity softball game.

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Scotty sings at the Opry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q8qZAkqgD4&feature=player_embedded

  • Lucy1234

    I listened live and they both did a good job. I also thought they both sounded a little nervous, rightfully so as this is a really big deal for these two teen country singers. I especially liked Lauren’s version of Blue. I wonder if she wanted to sing the song on Idol but Haley got it first. I know Lauren said that happened to her with another song that she wanted but Haley got first. Still not a big fan of Scotty – didn’t care for either of his songs but then I am not a fan of traditional country – turn my radio station when most traditional country songs come on.

  • brie200

    I said this in the other thread, but I cut them so slack on sounding nervous. I have to imagine this is a far bigger deal for both of them than performing on the AI stage.

  • soccersam53

    i think scotty and lauren did extremely well. they both sounded like they fit in perfectly, scotty a little more just because you could hear lauren’s nerves in her performance.

  • chearts77

    I thought they both sounded great, despite the nerves. I didn’t hear the nerves so much with Scotty as I did Lauren. But, they did great and this has got to be such a big deal for them. The crowd went wild for Scotty.

  • Lucy1234

    I heard the nerves in Scotty’s voice because it sounded a little pitchy and thin but I also heard the nerves in Lauren’s voice on the verses, not so much the chorus of the songs. However, I agree with everyone that they should be nervous as this is a really big deal for them and all in all they both did great and both were very humble. The crowd seemed to love them.

  • Pam

    I’m sure they were both pretty nervous tonight on such a big stage which of course is a big honor. I think Lauren was probably the most nervous of the two but she did very well too. Very proud of both of them!

  • halo9125

    They both sounded great- I hate to say it, but clearly TPTB over at Idol knew what they were doing with the relentless pimping of these two- looks to me like they are going to very very nicely.

    This is not really a criticism- and I know that Lauren was nervous- but are her breath issues as obvious in her rendition of Blue as they were on Idol? That’s one thing she really needs to work on.

  • Trina

    For two kids that love country as much as they do I cant begin to imagine how huge this was for them. I know the Opry isnt nearly as prestigious as it was at one time, but this had to be so tremendous for them. What a journey this will be..

  • sooziequsie

    Congrats to the kids! What a great opportunity for them both.

    @halo9125, Lauren’s weakness is her breath issues, but I think with proper training that will go away. She has lovely potential, but so so very young. I’m looking forward to seeing both how they both grow and develop in country music.

  • JudyOhio

    I thought they did a great job! They sounded right at home to me. I’m sure they were nervous as could be, but they held themselves together and gave good performances. Bravo kids!
    One step at a time….baby steps, baby steps, lol.

    Anybody know how many (approximately) were in the audience there? From the applause, it sounded like a lot of people.

  • McCreerian

    Great job to the both of them!

    Kinda off topic, but I sometimes can’t help but wonder how Aaron Kelly feels? He was in their shoes on idol also(teenager singing country) and he is still trying to get signed, while they are already becoming a huge deal(not to the Bieber level or anything, but a huge deal as far as idol standards go and in the idol bubble). He probably can’t help but feel kinda bad that they are getting all these cool opportunities.

  • ctryfan1980

    @McCreerian I’ve wondered the same thing. I was a fan of Aaron’s last year and still will buy a CD by him if he ever puts one out. I know he has has written with alot of big named songwriters in Nashville from reading his tweets. Aaron actually had his own booth where he signed autographs and performed around town this week during CMA Fest. I’m sure tho he wonders why it didn’t work for him the way it did for them. Personally last year I thought it would come down to Aaron and Crystal with her winning and he being runner up…I think Kara and Ellen blew it for him with their ignorant comments about his song choices being older than he is, most of which were never made toward anyone this season. Better judges=the right winners!

    As for the Opry tonight…WOW! They did great, esp Scotty. He sounds like an old pro on there and tradion is where he belongs. I loved hearing the full version of Check yes or no!!

  • iluvai

    I loved Lauren’s “Blue”. Poor girl, I bet her legs were shaking (as she mentioned). She sounds great though. I’m super happy for all of the good things in store for her.

    @McCreerian: I was a big Aaron Kelly fan during S9. I think he’s really good too. I hope things work out well for him. I thought he was picked on (mocked??) for his age during S9 and luckily Scotty and Lauren didn’t have to deal with that from the judges this year.

  • McCreerian

    @McCreerian: I was a big Aaron Kelly fan during S9. I think he’s really good too. I hope things work out well for him. I thought he was picked on (mocked??) for his age during S9 and luckily Scotty and Lauren didn’t have to deal with that from the judges this year.

    Yes, Aaron and Katie both! I remember they never left Katie alone for singing “older songs.”

    I was an Aaron Kelly fan too. I was actually expecting him to be signed by 19E and was surprised when he wasn’t. Its too bad he hasn’t been picked up yet by a label. I thought I remember Taylor Swift’s producers eying him?

    Man, I am so glad Lauren and Scotty didn’t have to be judged by the Season 9 judges. They would have been picked on for singing “older songs” and would have tried to box them into being Disney tweenie bopper types.

  • CFIdolsfan

    Haven’t been on due to all kinds of challenges my family and I have been going through, but since I am able to be on a bit now, I couldn’t pass up the chance to comment on these 2 wonderful young people. Thanks, mj, for the audio. I just could not get wsm and it kept telling me others had trouble getting it as well. Scotty is my favorite of this season, and if he had not won it, I would have been happy with Lauren as the winner. They are great and such a breath of fresh air and role models for the younger ones. I also liked Aaron and do hope he can have success.

  • oqwerd

    Eh I much preferred Haley’s rendition of Blue.
    Lauren sounded kind of breathy and her constant vibrato was a little off-putting. But mostly, she sang it without soul (especially towards the end on the final “why can’t you be…”).

    But whatever. I’m happy that these kids got to have this chance to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. And their nervousness is actually totally endearing.

  • girlygirl

    you can definitely hear some nerves, but that’s understandable. I think they both did good. Still don’t really like either of their singles, but that’s because of the songs themselves, and the fact I just don’t like country music much in general (no offense, just not my cup of tea). Not because of the singers.

    One question though — that sounded like a bunch of young girls screaming at Scotty. I’ve never been there so have no clue, but for some reason I thought the Opry generally draws an older audience?

  • Falfor

    Goodness, if these kids sound half as good on radio as they do on these recordings, they will do great. I don’t think any of the singers this season sounded nearly as good as these 2 sound. Their personalities are so bubbly, and so full of hope. The future is all theirs.

  • Mike M

    Loved Lauren’s rendition of “Blue” and thought they both did a great job tonight. On the subject of Lauren’s breath issues, I wonder how much her asthma affects her, and if it is worse at some times than others (for instance when it is hot and humid as it has been in the South the past couple of weeks). She mentioned being a bit under the weather and didn’t seem to push “Like My Mother Does” the way she did in a couple of her other post-Idol performances. I’m really excited for these two kids. I think they are going to be great and successful additions to the country music family.

  • iluvai

    Man, I am so glad Lauren and Scotty didn’t have to be judged by the Season 9 judges. They would have been picked on for singing “older songs” and would have tried to box them into being Disney tweenie bopper types.

    I agree. I think Aaron and Katie were “de-pimped” for whatever reason. Oh well. Glad for Lauren and Scotty! :) I’ll just wait for Aaron’s cd.

  • Mike M

    One question though — that sounded like a bunch of young girls screaming at Scotty. I’ve never been there so have no clue, but for some reason I thought the Opry generally draws an older audience?

    The Opry does generally have a pretty mature audience, although I’m sure lots of vacationing people bring their kids to the show just as one of those things you need to do while in Nashville. With the CMA Fest going on, I’m sure there were tons of youngsters who couldn’t care less about the Opry who insisted mom and dad take them to the Scotty and Lauren show. Something tells me there were a lot of folks there tonight who had never heard of Connie Smith or Little Jimmie Dickens…lol. That’s a good thing, though. Scotty and Lauren are turning a lot of young folks into country music fans just as Carrie and Kellie did.

  • Eileen99

    Great stuff. I’m really happy for them.

  • McCreerian

    *Warning this may offend some people*
    This makes me glad that James didn’t win. We would have had yet another HAC winner(they wouldn’t have let James make a metal album) and he would have likely sold somewhere between Lee and Kris numbers. Country sells, and has longetivity. Scotty and Lauren have already sold a ton for their singles. Scotty’s single is a little more than halfway to reaching gold. If his coronation single can sell 171,000 in its first week, then just imagine the album sales. I’m excited for the both of them and for idol. I’m not so sure how well James would have sold with an Adult Contemporary single…he is a great guy, but not AI winner material anymore-we couldn’t afford it.

    Scotty and Lauren have already gotten so many great opportunities already-I can’t remember the winner and runner up getting so much the last few years! Being country helps.

  • windmills

    Congratulations Scotty and Lauren on their Opry debuts! It’s great to see this happen to 2 people who know what it means to play there.

    Thanks MJ for the caps!

    girlygirl: One question though — that sounded like a bunch of young girls screaming at Scotty. I’ve never been there so have no clue, but for some reason I thought the Opry generally draws an older audience?

    It does. But the Opry knows its future depends on the younger generation knowing and appreciating what the Opry’s about and that’s where a night like this could be as good for the Opry as it is for Scotty and Lauren. Carrie’s mentioned that she feels a responsibility along with the other younger members of the Opry to introduce and promote the Opry tradition to a new generation of fans. There’s no doubt the crowd when Carrie plays the Opry is younger than the typical Opry crowd too. I think the announcer’s commented on a similar thing when Kellie’s played there also.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Opry put up video of Scotty and Lauren performing their singles there tonight eventually.

    If Aaron had performed on the show the way he did on some tour videos I saw then he would’ve gone deeper in s9. I think his age got harped on because he seemed overwhelmed on the show and it showed in his voice and performances. Scotty this season seemed unflappable and Lauren had a stronger voice to see her through her confidence issues. They also had more strongly defined personalities this season than Aaron did during his which I think helped them.

    McCreerian: Country sells, and has longetivity.

    Actually, the successful ones sell and have longevity. If you look at actual country music sales lately you wouldn’t be saying it sells. It’s a mistake to judge how easy it is to make it in a genre by the most successful ones. There’s tons of country acts who aren’t selling even with airplay and even more who can’t crack airplay lists on a consistent basis.

  • mzbet

    What an absolute thrill this must have been for the two of them! I loved hearing them on the livestream. I missed “Blue” so I’m glad to get to hear it here. They did themselves proud.

  • Quirky

    I thought Lauren and Scotty did an amazing job for their first time at the Opry! I swear I heard Lauren say once that she said a few years ago that when she was 16 she’d be singing at the Grand Ole Opry. I guess dreams do come true. Anyway, for vocals…Lauren sounded like she’s a little sick, plus very nervous. It made her sound breathy, but it was still fantastic. Scotty’s always the cool one, but his nerves showed up in his vocals. He was “pitchy” all over, but still delivered an excellent performance. I’m so proud of both of them!!

  • iluvai

    *Warning this may offend some people*
    This makes me glad that James didn’t win. We would have had yet another HAC winner(they wouldn’t have let James make a metal album) and he would have likely sold somewhere between Lee and Kris numbers.

    ha ha… Was this a warning for me??? ;) I was/am a James fan this season, but I just wanted him to go as far as he could. I’m very happy for James and where he placed. I loved a lot about him but I never said he was the best vocalist ever! (I reserve that for Adam Lambert.)

    Being crowned Idol carries some big expectations and I think Scotty will be fine and do the title justice.

    @windmills: Scotty was confident, but the judges didn’t question his “experience” or who he loved. Aaron had jokes go around about that kind of stuff. Poor kid.

  • McCreerian

    Actually, the successful ones sell and have longevity. If you look at actual country music sales lately you wouldn’t be saying it sells. It’s a mistake to judge how easy it is to make it in a genre by the most successful ones. There’s tons of country acts who aren’t selling even with airplay and even more who can’t crack airplay lists on a consistent basis.

    That’s what I meant, plus they already have the exposure of idol to help them break out into the scene. Just look at Reba and George after 30 years, they continue to sell and have hits. Ditto on Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Trace Adkins(although not necessarily 20 years lol). But I am confident with their exposure, they can break out into the scene easier and thus, will have longetivity. I should have worded it better. The country idols sans Kristy Lee Cook have had decent to great sales. That is basically where my statement came from. I do realize its hard for all genres to break it-even country. There are people who are struggling to make it past the top 40 billboard charts. Just making a general statement I guess :)

    Plus I was comparing to Adult contemporary artists…

    Sorry about the confusion and my choice of wording probably contributed to that ;)

  • Trina

    McCreerian no offense at all here! I said from day one James wouldnt be a great winner. I’m a huge fan, but I’m also a huge fan of Idol in general I knew they needed a winner in a genre that could sell decently and someone who could really help the franchise.. James is so still gonna get stuck making a HAC album but hey at least expectations wont be as high lol

    I thought Aaron was one of the more marketable peeps last season and I never understood why 19 didnt sign him. The few tour videos I saw looked like he was really good live too.

  • McCreerian

    Scotty just tweeted:

    had an amazing time at the Grand Ole Opry! What a great show! Such an honor to play on that stage in that circle! http://yfrog.com/h0ruxoxpj

  • Elliegrll

    The country idols sans Kristy Lee Cook have had decent to great sales.

    Neither Phil Stacey or Chris Sligh did very well with their debut country albums, so both switched over to releasing Christian records. Josh Gracin did will with his first album, but not the second. I think it’s over simplifying the situation to say that the ones who have gone country have had an easier time, or that they’ve done better than the HAC artists.

  • McCreerian

    Neither Phil Stacey or Chris Sligh did very well with their debut country albums, so both switched over to releasing Christian records.

    Chris Sligh never did country, he just wrote some songs for Rascal Flatts. Phil Stacey was never country on the show, so that made it harder for him to maintain his idol followers and suddenly gain country ones. I wasn’t counting Phil Stacey anyway lol.

  • Ratna12

    Congratulations to Lauren and Scotty, they did great.
    Lauren was more nervous but she did great, she was very very thankful for this opportunity. They both were grateful.

    I actually looked for a country station yesterday in my car radio and within half an hour I heard Scotty. I knew that song is radio ready. People remember the song because of the hook/ chorus and sometimes that is more important than how good a song is.

    Hopefully I can hear Lauren’s song too.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    *Warning this may offend some people*

    Eh…could we not make assumptions about what fellow posters may be thinking? It’s really akin to baiting for an argument. Stick to the subject, please. Thank you.

  • McCreerian

    Eh…could we not make assumptions about what fellow posters may be thinking? It’s really akin to baiting for an argument. Stick to the subject, please. Thank you.

    That wasn’t my intention at all…sorry…

  • Thirsty

    Lauren does have a good voice, but I really hope they give her some vocal training to help with her breath issues. I fear if she doesn’t sort the breathing out she’ll blow a vocal chord.

    And don’t hate me for this but IMO Haley’s version of Blue was miles better. Lauren’s yodels sound more like her voice is cracking rather than being deliberate.

    Scotty sounded pretty good. I think I sensed a bit of nerves though. Must be such a big thing to be on that stage, how could he not be nervous. :)

    McCreerian: But I am confident with their exposure, they can break out into the scene easier and thus, will have longetivity.

    It all depends on the material they get. Country isn’t as easy of a market to crack as some seem to think it is. The exposure from Idol is a big plus, but if they don’t get good songs or don’t get airplay then they’ll struggle. If Idol/19 stay true to form then these first albums will be rushed. Maybe they’ll do fantastically well, maybe not. You can’t really compare these two kids with the likes of Reba or George or Martina or anyone who has been in the business as long as they have. Only time will tell.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    Gosh I love these two kids. I’m more a Scotty fan, but I appreciate Lauren as well. I can’t wait for their albums.

    BTW, they sounded great except for some slight pitch issues here and there. I don’t blame them though, it’s probably just nerves.

  • McCreerian

    It all depends on the material they get. Country isn’t as easy of a market to crack as some seem to think it is. The exposure from Idol is a big plus, but if they don’t get good songs or don’t get airplay then they’ll struggle. If Idol/19 stay true to form then these first albums will be rushed. Maybe they’ll do fantastically well, maybe not. You can’t really compare these two kids with the likes of Reba or George or Martina or anyone who has been in the business as long as they have. Only time will tell.

    Ok fine, country in GENERAL sells well and has longetivity lol I give up. I will just go back to my original statement instead of trying to save head. Country in general sells well and that is my final statement :)

  • SajiNoKami

    *Warning this may offend some people*
    This makes me glad that James didn’t win. We would have had yet another HAC winner(they wouldn’t have let James make a metal album) and he would have likely sold somewhere between Lee and Kris numbers.

    James was my favorite of the season & only started voting Scotty once he was gone. I never really thought James would win, figured it would be Scotty from day one. But I really would have liked to have seen James runner-up or 3rd. I have a feeling if he did win, there would be a lot of fights with what he would do. Probably be a horrible experience for him. No matter what James ends up doing, still want an album from him though.

    I have never been a country fan, just a random song here and there, but this Scotty has got my attention. Actually listened to the Opry tonight, I thought they both did good. Surprised how nervous Lauren was.. Scotty actually sounded like he was getting choked up.

  • hoa_teca

    Now that I listen again carefully, Scotty was actually pitchy a lot and he was obviously very nervous.

    But first time listening, I did not recognize it clearly because I actually could not ask for more from him for his first performance at the Opry. The only part I noticed right away is the 3rd verse of ILYTB.

    He was nervous but also tried to calm down at the same time while singing and was being very natural. So, his singing was not perfect but it still made the audience comfortable. By the second song, he was much more relaxed.

    He’s still got so much room for improvement but I am happy when I imagine how grown-up he is as an artist in the next few years.

  • McCreerian

    ha ha… Was this a warning for me??? ;) I was/am a James fan this season, but I just wanted him to go as far as he could. I’m very happy for James and where he placed. I loved a lot about him but I never said he was the best vocalist ever! (I reserve that for Adam Lambert.)

    Being crowned Idol carries some big expectations and I think Scotty will be fine and do the title justice.

    @windmills: Scotty was confident, but the judges didn’t question his “experience” or who he loved. Aaron had jokes go around about that kind of stuff. Poor kid.

    Just a side note-I decided for fun to look at old blog posts(yes I was bored) and saw with your comments from way back when that you weren’t too fond of Scotty. Did you get coverted to being a fan? ;)

  • SajiNoKami

    interview from earlier in the day with Scotty: http://youtu.be/QtKxYFG6_TA
    he is a smart ass.. i like this kid.

  • lili_anne7

    I thought they both did great for their first time. I’m so glad they got to experience this, since it means so much to them. These two are just adorable, and they were both humble and grateful.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that Lauren did a terrific job in her debut performance at the Opry, especially since she was “under the weather”. I agree with those who feel that she could use some vocal coaching to improve her breath control. A ton of potential there, IMO. I think that Scotty showed his nerves more and was pretty pitchy in the middle of ILYSB, but overall a not a bad debut. He has a very natural and easy rapport with the audience. Both Scotty and Lauren have handled all of the media attention very well so far, and they appear charming, grateful, humble and gracious in their interviews, very likeable. Seem like nice kids. I wish both of them well.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Nobody wants to tackle the elephant in this thread, and I don’t really want to either. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to make this post. I don’t want to stir up a hornet’s nest and get into an argument. I don’t want to offend anybody. The contestant from this season that is my favorite is no mystery. That being said, I don’t want to feed into the “Haley as victim” meme or into various conspiracy theories. They’re really not fun. But I go back and forth on how I feel about this, and I just can’t get past it–so with your forgiveness, I’ll just say it:

    Lauren should not have sung that song.

    I am deeply disturbed and troubled by Lauren singing that song–not the way that she sang it, and not by whether it was good or bad, but by the fact that she sang it at all. It has almost seemed an unwritten rule in the past that you don’t touch a song that has been strongly associated with another contestant IN YOUR OWN SEASON. There were many other songs Lauren could have sung. Why not “Flat on the Floor” or “Anyway”? Scotty didn’t do anything new. Is there something to prove here? Is the fact that Haley did one country song on the show a threat or something? I don’t get it. This was not just another one of Haley’s songs–it was her first song in the finals, and it is a song that has a deeply personal significance to her. She performed it live a mere two weeks ago at an event where Lauren was present.

    Something about it just strikes me as wrong. No, Haley doesn’t hold a monopoly on the song, but for this season, it was hers. I’m not talking about cross-season repetition–otherwise, we’d be spared another horrible “Against All Odds” for all eternity. And that happens all the time. But I’m racking my brain trying to come up with another instance of a contestant–winner, runner-up, or whatever–performing a song that is so closely associated with another contestant from their own season, and in this case so soon after the season. Can you IMAGINE the criticism that would have flown had Kat McPhee pulled out some joint that Elliott sang on the show? To go further, should Jordin Sparks have added “My funny Valentine” to her mix? It’s highly irregular to say the least.

    What worries me most about this is the possibility of this song making it onto Lauren’s tour set. This should not happen. It would be highly awkward and highly inappropriate. Seeing that Lauren did this song–well, let’s just say that I’ve been quite sympathetic to Lauren in the past few weeks. She was far from my favorite, but I actually came to rather like her. Now, after her doing this (and I don’t doubt that it was somebody else’s idea), for the first time, I genuinely wish that she had not been able to perform on that final Tuesday and that Haley had taken her place. I’m actually kind of disgusted by the whole thing. This was a huge stage for Lauren, and it was one that she deserved and that she earned. It was not, however, necessary for her to perform a song that was so strongly associated with somebody she had already beaten, and somebody she supposedly really cares for. It was wrong.

    I’ve said my peace, and I really hope this doesn’t stir up a huge storm. But for some reason, I just can’t keep quiet about my feelings on this subject.

  • BonnieDee

    I think Lauren was amazing. She doesn’t have “breathing” issues. LOL. Also, her performance of Blue was 1000 times better than Haley’s. She can actually hit the notes and doesn’t have to growl through them like Haley does. LeeAnn is still the best yodeler though.

    What makes me really happy about these kids, is, young as they are they both GET how special the Opry is and they were appropriately nervous and that is a GOOD thing. They are really just great, down to earth country kids and I am so happy for their success.

    It was perfectly fine for Lauren to sing Blue. Lots and lots of people have sung that song. It doesn’t belong to Haley Reinhart. If it belongs to anybody, it belongs to LeeAnn Rimes and Lauren appropriately gave LeeAnn credit for it before she sang it.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    It doesn’t belong to Haley Reinhart

    For this season, it did. Lauren performing it was a slap in Haley’s face. If you can come up with another similar instance of a contestant performing a song that was closely associated with another contestant from the same season so soon after the season or on the tour or something, I’ll listen. I can’t think of one. Again, just picture the pitchfork-wielding mob that would have arisen online had Kat McPhee done a joint that Elliott performed on the show.

    Lauren should have done something like “Anyway” or “Flat on the Floor.” Unless there was something to prove or unless TPTB really are out to get Haley (which I refuse to believe), there was simply no REASON for her to perform it.

    And in fact her version was one of the worst I have ever heard.

    You won’t find many people who agree with you there. Including LeeAnn herself, who tweeted Haley to compliment her on the performance.

  • Kirsten

    They both sounded great and seemed to really appreciate getting to perform at the GOO. I’m sure they’ve dreamed about it for years and this will be a special moment for them.

    I also think I’m going to have to bring earplugs for the tour because that screaming is only going to get more intense.

    It was not, however, necessary for her to perform a song that was so strongly associated with somebody she had already beaten, and somebody she supposedly really cares for.

    I’m in a totally glass full mood these days (good numbers will do that to me), so I choose to see it as an homage.

  • lili_anne7

    “Blue” does not belong to Haley, so it was perfectly fine for Lauren to sing it. I even preferred Lauren’s version. Haley and Lauren are close friends, so I don’t see her having a problem with it either.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    I’m in a totally glass full mood these days (good numbers will do that to me), so I choose to see it as an homage.

    I would hope that’s true. I’ve actually been feeling really positive about Lauren lately–liking her much more than I did on the show. But this just rubbed me the wrong way. I realize that not everyone will feel that way.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    “Blue” does not belong to Haley, so it was perfectly fine for Lauren to sing it. I even preferred Lauren’s version. Haley and Lauren are close friends, so I don’t see her having a problem with it either.

    Give me a similar instance of something like this happening on or after some other season, and I’ll cry mea culpa and hold my peace on the matter–but from my stanpoint, this was unprecedented.

  • Kirsten

    But I’m racking my brain trying to come up with another instance of a contestant–winner, runner-up, or whatever–performing a song that is so closely associated with another contestant from their own season, and in this case so soon after the season.

    I have vague memories of it happening a few times. The only two concrete memories I can come up with are:

    1) Season 6: Chris Richardson and Blake Lewis – This Love – Blake performed it on Top 3 night and there was a huge backstory behind it. Maroon 5 had always refused to clear songs for Idol, but Blake worked some of his own connections to contact the band and get the song cleared. It was a pivotal song for him that helped him to get into the final 2. Chris performed the song on tour. Blake fans were outraged, but eventually seemed to come around.

    2) Season 8: David Archuleta and Jason Castro – Crazy: Neither got to sing the song on Idol because it did not clear, but apparently, both did a stellar version of it in Hollywood. It was well known that one of the reasons we never got to see Jason before the competition rounds (except once in the background) was because the song couldn’t be cleared. So, his fans were thrilled when he performed his signature song on the tour. They were less than thrilled when Archie also sang it in some post-show performances.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Thanks, Kirsten.

    I still believe that Lauren should have sung something else, but I’ll keep quiet about it now.

  • hoa_teca

    To be honest, I like Haley’s Blue version more. Lauren’s version is sweet, though.

    But, er..I never know this song belonged to Haley in this season. Did I miss something here?

    Sure Haley sang that song in AI, but it was in Top 13, if I remember correctly. And I don’t think Lauren means any bad with Haley when singing Blue. Maybe it’s just because Lauren likes that song and want to perform it. Blue does not seem to be Haley’s trademark song. I can partly understand what you mean in case Lauren performed..say…for example House of the rising sun, songs that got standing ovation for Haley. But, Blue… so, maybe you just think about it too much.

  • Tess

    I must have a really short memory but while listening to Lauren singing “Blue” it didn’t even dawn on me that it had been sung on AI by someone else. Until it was brought up on the thread…I was clueless.

    There is no way in the world that I can recall the some 150 songs that were sung on Idol this year. And as for idols that I had no interest in I can probably remember only a handful…and that is more about having read threads where they were discussed. Idols have often performed the same songs…didn’t both Adam and Daughtry perform ‘Whole Lotta Love’ on their idol tours. So was Adam disrespecting Daughtry…not in my opinion.

  • Eileen99

    Nobody wants to tackle the elephant in this thread, and I don’t really want to either.

    Lauren should not have sung that song.

    Seriously? LOL. I didn’t even remember Haley singing Blue, and I can’t even remember seeing it ever being mentioned as one of her signature songs this season. It’s a country song, why shouldn’t Lauren sing it? Really, I don’t think this is an issue anyone cares about, nothing against Haley. In fact, I don’t even view it as an issue.

    I finally had a chance to listen. What a thrill for them, and yeah, I think they both sounded a little nervous, understandably, but still they were great. This is a big deal and they know it. I did laugh at all the screaming for Scotty, though. I think it’s a preview of what’s to come on tour.

    Will the Opry release any video of these performances?

  • JayBro

    The 1st song a lifelong country fan chooses to perform at the Opry is not based on some whim. I would bet Lauren has been singing “Blue” forever and maybe she thought it was her best song. Her version was far more polished than Haley’s and Lauren has the punch Haley always lacks. Good for Lauren.

  • Lucy1234

    think Lauren was amazing. She doesn’t have “breathing” issues. LOL. Also, her performance of Blue was 1000 times better than Haley’s. She can actually hit the notes and doesn’t have to growl through them like Haley does. LeeAnn is still the best yodeler though. “Blue” does not belong to Haley, so it was perfectly fine for Lauren to sing it. I even preferred Lauren’s version. Haley and Lauren are close friends, so I don’t see her having a problem with it either.

    I agree completely. Also, Blue is a perfect song for the Opry, for Lauren’s voice and it is country. I didn’t know that Haley was going country. The songs are covers they only belong to the original artist.

  • curry

    To go from singing at Magoo’s in front of 50 people to performing at the Opry in less than six months is an accomplishment Lauren should forever be proud of. If she did personally pick “Blue” it was probably because she felt comfortable singing it in a situation that was overwhelming for her. And in observing Haley’s laid-back personality, I doubt she really cared that Lauren sang “Blue” at all and she was probably happy for her.

  • tomflush

    Ok – spoken from a Haley fan. Laurens version of Blue was a bit better than Haleys. Discounting the fact that Lauren did the Full version of the song with a REAL / not studio country band – on a level playing field they were even – both excellent. What bugs me is that , as a country music fan, I know Haley hit a home run on IDOL with that song – and she got no credit for it, except from Steven. But I’m not like those hypocrite judges, Lauren- excellent job !

  • windmills

    MahlerFan: Lauren should have done something like “Anyway” or “Flat on the Floor.” Unless there was something to prove or unless TPTB really are out to get Haley (which I refuse to believe), there was simply no REASON for her to perform it.

    Blue being the signature, breakthrough, classic country song by a great female country singer who happened to break through as a teenager is a perfectly valid reason to perform it at the Opry.

    When I’d been thinking about Scotty and Lauren’s Opry debuts, I felt they both SHOULD pick a great traditional country cover to sing at their debut because it would show some appreciation of country roots and history. Flat On The Floor and Anyway are too young to be considered classics, but they’re also not going to be considered traditional country classics when all is said and done (FOTF wasn’t even ever a single).

    Speaking as somebody who enjoyed Haley’s Blue performance and said so at the time, I’m glad Lauren didn’t let that get in the way of singing Blue at the Opry. I actually preferred Blue over Scotty’s George Strait song in that Blue is a much better song. King George has had better songs.

    EDIT: Also keep in mind they were restricted in their song choices by what the Opry band knew or could work out quickly in rehearsals. Carrie sang Roy Orbison’s Crying at her Opry debut along with Inside Your Heaven and she said they landed on Crying because it was a song they both knew.

  • MrDuffin

    I just can’t get into Ken and Barbie. I also think it is their age and not their talent that is helping their cause.

  • Landmd

    Her version was far more polished than Haley’s and Lauren has the punch Haley always lacks. Good for Lauren.

    As a fan of Haley and a fan of the tone of Lauren’s voice, for me Haley’s seemed more polished and had way more punch than Lauren’s. Lauren did a good job, I know she was nervous which did not help. I can’t wait till Lauren is a few more years older so she knows what a songs means, gets control of her breathing while she sings.

  • Eileen99

    When I’d been thinking about Scotty and Lauren’s Opry debuts, I felt they both SHOULD pick a great traditional country cover to sing at their debut because it would show some appreciation of country roots and history.

    At first I was surprised Scotty didn’t sing “Gone” as his other choice, and as he’s been doing so far in other appearances, but then figured he sang a more traditional song for exactly these reasons. Then, his choice made sense given the context of where he was performing and the incredible history there.

  • nk1219

    Nice videos and I thought they both sounded very good. Scotty seems so relaxed in most situations. I am not a big Country music fan but I think he has a beautiful voice and he will go far. I love Lauren too. She was one of my favorites early on AI and I think she sings most things very well. I also think this is good for AI that they are both in the same genre of music and promote them together.

  • BonnieDee

    “LAND MD says: ” As a fan of Haley and a fan of the tone of Lauren’s voice, for me Haley’s seemed more polished and had way more punch than Lauren’s. Lauren did a good job, I know she was nervous which did not help. I can’t wait till Lauren is a few more years older so she knows what a songs means, gets control of her breathing while she sings.”

    Couldn’t disagree more. Lauren has no “breathing” or “control” issues. Her rendition was beautiful. Haley has to rely on the growling to get her through the notes she can’t control or hit. Growling is a way to hide that.

  • SajiNoKami

    Lauren should not have sung that song.

    Maybe Blue was another song Lauren had planned on singing this season, that Haley got to first, as with I (who have nothing). Maybe Lauren figured it was safe for her to sing, being it is highly unlikely Haley will or want to sing at the Opry.

  • katielynne

    Both Lauren and Scotty can sing whatever songs they like, since this is not Idol anymore. Nobody owns any of the songs from Idol, and in fact, I liked Lauren’s version better with no growling.

  • Mike M

    Lauren sang a Patsy Cline song at the Grand Ole Opry. Anyone who can’t get the appropriateness of that is just missing the boat.

  • rivermaya

    Been lurking & following the live feed and this thread.
    I like both Scotty and Lauren and thought they both sounded pretty good despite the nerves.

    Just happy that both are living their dreams.
    Here’s a photo of them with their little GOO souvenirs
    http://www.nashvillegab.com/2011/06/idols-make-their-opry-debutscottys-already-got-five-songs-recorded-for-his-new-album.html

  • JudyOhio

    interview from earlier in the day with Scotty: http://youtu.be/QtKxYFG6_TA
    he is a smart ass.. i like this kid.

    Thanks for linking that interview, hadn’t seen it before. The interviewer seemed like he was trying to trip him up (imo) and maybe that’s his style of interviewing, but it was good to see how fast Scotty could think on his feet. The kid is quick! Good job, fun answers! (“dad was in it to win it” lol)

    Rivermaya…..thanks for the pics! Loved Lauren’s dress and jewelry! She looked classy :)

  • iluvai

    @mccreerian: I’m a fan of Lauren’s. She was my pick after James. I probably wasn’t too fond of Scotty in the beginning because I just didn’t get him. Now that Scotty has won, I wish him all the best and I’m enjoying seeing both Scotty and Lauren living their dreams. Very cool for them! So yeah, you could say Scotty has won me over. ;)

  • Tera2

    Good for Scotty and Lauren. I like them both and hope they have great careers. They both did a very good job despite nerves. Scotty is dressed nicely and cool in that pic and not in plaid as usual. And I usually like Lauren’s outfit but not so fond of this one cause it looks like cotton candy – I like her two tone color hair though cause it makes her stand out.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    ^5 mike M

    great performances from both :) bet they were nervous
    gr8 honour for them

  • OldHag

    It was perfectly fine for Lauren to sing Blue. Lots and lots of people have sung that song. It doesn’t belong to Haley Reinhart. If it belongs to anybody, it belongs to LeeAnn Rimes and Lauren appropriately gave LeeAnn credit for it before she sang it.

    Actually, it (ETA) belongs to was written for the long deceased legendary country star Patsy Cline. It was very appropriate song for Lauren to sing at the Grand Old Opry- now if Lauren had sung it on idol that would have been another story. My only complaint is that I wish Lauren gave Patsy Cline credit for it along with LeeAnn Rimes.

    By the way, didn’t Carrie Underwood and Anthony Fedorov sing the same song, the same night on Idol? For some reason I think it was If You Don’t Know Me By Now. I remember thinking at the time WTF, this can only make one of you look bad. And it did – Anthony (and if I remember correctly, he got voted off the next night.) So there is an example for you (unless I am wrong LOL)

  • mhann

    You are right about Anthony and Carrie singing the same song, but Anthony actually did a better version of it than Carrie did, IMO. I also think the judges gave him better comments on it as well, but I could be mistaken. It was a long time ago.

  • randomjoe

    Actually, it belongs to the long deceased legendary country star Patsy Cline.

    This is a common misconception. Patsy never performed the song. It was, however, purportedly written with Patsy in mind.

    If Lauren, indeed, has Haley on her iPod as she has said, then it would be logical to assume that this could have had an natural effect on Lauren choosing it; this as others have pointed out is a good old school country song for the Opry which is a fair distance from Lauren’s normal style.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    OK–I’ve taken some time to breathe and I need to come in here and moderate my views a bit.

    I’m like James on Twitter. Even after stewing about it, I kind of put my foot in my mouth.

    I’m not going to say that it was “wrong” for Lauren to sing “Blue.” In fact, I’m going to subscribe to Kirsten’s hypothesis that it may have even been an homage to Haley. It’s possible that Haley may have even worked with her a bit on the yodel (and while the song is definitely more Lauren’s style than Haley’s, Haley’s yodel was infinitely better by any standard).

    What I *am* going to say is that it wasn’t *wise* for Lauren to do “Blue.” Obviously some rabid fantard like me was going to come and criticise her for it. And I’m not the only one. There’s a storm of comparisons going on at the scary boards. Why even bring it on? There were many other songs she could have chosen. And believe me, I have been VERY positive toward Lauren the past few weeks. There was obviously going to be comparision. And I think one reason I came off as so passionate in my comments was because of the song’s very intimately personal meaning to Haley.

    So there you go. I don’t think it was a good decision on Lauren’s part. But I don’t think Haley is going to care one way or the other.

    I think part of the frustration is that it’s been a rather trying couple of days for Haley’s fans. Slezak didn’t post the interview, everyone’s pestering him for it, and now he’s at the Belmont Stakes all day. She finally tweeted yesterday, and was overrun with fanntard tweens begging her to tweet them–must have been rough. And then, at some point this morning, the conspiracy theory Haleyblog guy got paranoid and moved his blog somewhere else, then started posting up a storm on the scary boards. I really wish he’d go away. Essentially, Slezak’s delay on the interview is making Haley fans a little jumpy (again, check out the scary boards). The tweeting got us a little excited, but we’re kind of worked up right now.

    I think my reaction to Lauren singing “Blue” might be attributable to that–my first knee-jerk was “How dare she!” Now it’s tempered down to “she really shouldn’t have done that.” Thanks for all the civil responses, though. I think I’ve got my moment of crazy out of the system.

  • Mike M

    This is a common misconception. Patsy never performed the song. It was, however, purportedly written with Patsy in mind.

    You are absolutely correct. However, when LeAnn recorded it much was made of the fact that it was written for Patsy, and everyone was thrilled that this young girl could do such a marvelous job on a “Patsy Cline song.” Still one of LeAnn’s best vocals in my mind. Anyway, because of all the publicity surrounding the song at the time, it’s always going to be a Patsy Cline song to me that LeAnn absolutely did justice. So did Lauren.

  • OldHag

    However, when LeAnn recorded it much was made of the fact that it was written for Patsy, and everyone was thrilled that this young girl could do such a marvelous job on a “Patsy Cline song.”

    This.

  • OldHag

    Obviously some rabid fantard like me was going to come and criticise her for it. And I’m not the only one. There’s a storm of comparisons going on at the scary boards.

    But the people on those boards are not the ones she is trying to reach. American Idol is over, the point now is for her to appeal to country fans. My initial reaction to her singing that song was “that was a good choice of a traditional song for her to do.” Haley didn’t even cross my mind. She has a chance of getting me to buy her music, which most of the rabid Haley fantards would rather stick a needle in their eye than do. There was nothing unwise about it.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Oy,

    Seriously. Calm. The. Eff. Down. I’m deleting the most incendiary posts on the “Blue” matter.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Oh. And this ain’t the scary boards. Please don’t behave like you are posting there. My blog is not the place for extreme, defensive fantarding. It will get you banned eventually. Make a note of that.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    My blog is not the place for extreme, defensive fantarding. It will get you banned eventually. Make a note of that.

    Duly noted.

  • bean99

    Nice that they both got a chance to perform at the Opry. If I was still living there I may have gone. I don’t remember Haley doing “Blue” and can’t listen to Lauren’s version yet so can’t compare the 2 but I never think anyone owns a song on Idol.

  • car3278sweet

    mj says:
    06/11/2011 at 4:48 pm
    Reminder:

    Oy,

    Seriously. Calm. The. Eff. Down. I’m deleting the most incendiary posts on the “Blue” matter.

    heh. Well, I think this is the best post of the thread.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Please stay on topic, which is Scotty & Lauren’s Opry debut. No threadjacking, please.

  • hoa_teca

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q8qZAkqgD4&feature=player_embedded

    This is a clear video of Scotty’s performance. He is really adorable.

  • sagi

    But I’m racking my brain trying to come up with another instance of a contestant–winner, runner-up, or whatever–performing a song that is so closely associated with another contestant from their own season, and in this case so soon after the season.

    Well, it wasn’t from the contestant phase of Idol, but Danny Gokey started performing “Hard to Handle” in his concerts, after it was Matt Giraud’s Idol tour song, and closely associated with him. *shrugs*

  • mzbet

    LOL Love the guys in the video background “fangirling” with the best of ‘em! “Git ‘em bo!” Happy to see and hear men enjoying Scotty as well as the girls.