Who Will Win American Idol Season 10? Take the Poll

I think the die was cast coming into the Top 2. Although, arguably, Lauren Alaina outsang Scotty McCreery on the Nokia stage last night, Scotty will be the one standing with confetti raining down on his head when the winner of American Idol Season 10 is announced tonight.

UPDATE from @AmericanIdol HOT OFF THE PRESSES – More Than 122 Million Votes Cast Last Night. Highest Number of Votes in The Series’ History!! #IdolFinale

First of all Dial Idol says so. The website isn’t always a reliable indicator of who will be eliminated–except in the Idol finals. Sure there’s always a first time, but if you look at DI’s results, Scotty has a decisive lead.

Setting DI aside, Scotty has probably never been in the bottom 2/3. He’s had few missteps on the Idol stage, while his competitor, Lauren, has struggled and was even sent to the bottom at least once. It’s hard to know for sure, but I would not be surprised if Scotty has been at the very top of the voting nearly every week.

My theory is that after weeks and weeks of a competition, viewers have already settled on a favorite to vote for, and are probably not going to change their minds at the 11th hour.

I’m sticking with my Scotty prediction as the winner of American Idol. If you are a pool player, remember to make your picks at Fun Office Pool.

  • chicksineggz

    AmericanIdol just tweeted the total number of votes. Which makes this bonus question pretty useless. Lol. Would have totally guessed it anyways. There were four hours of voting with four numbers each so of course there would be a record number of votes cast.

    And Scotty’s winning. Lauren never stood a chance.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Drudge Report has this headline under the link to the NY Post article from today’s paper:

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

    No link to anything but it seemed odd to me. That line hasn’t changed since this morning.

  • sgills

    For the record I voted Scotty as the winner, but I’d vote Lauren in a heartbeat if the question were who “should” win. Lauren arguably peaked too early (like Pia), and I think never delivered on the expectations that people placed upon her, but she really is very talented, and her studio recordings reflect that. I think Scotty never had one expectation placed on him the entire competition and therefore its easier for people to be impressed by him.

  • chicksineggz

    I actually do think Scotty should win over Lauren. She was better last night, but I think Scotty has been better overall in the season.

  • iluvai

    I want Lauren to win. But everyone says it’s Scotty.

  • Pam

    I actually do think Scotty should win over Lauren. She was better last night, but I think Scotty has been better overall in the season.

    I agree with this. Yes, overall considering Lauren’s vocal trouble last night, she did quite well not great but pretty good considering the circumstances. My feeling is the TMZ story, factor in Lauren’s mom with the tears, judges comments, etc., I think it has probably backfired big time like it has in most cases over the years. I may have to eat my words later, but somehow I don’t think so. I think the viewers saw right through the trap the TPTB were setting up last night and didn’t take the bait. As mj has stated, and I tend to agree, Lauren obviously hasn’t been getting the votes the last few weeks that maybe she was in the beginning (which explains the trip to the B2 with Jacob) and I think last night’s little spectacle proved it even though yes I know she was having some issues. I also think she was having some vocal issues last week too. The show has tried really hard not to reveal since the B2 visit (with this random order business other than who was eliminated) where the contestants were ranking voting wise as an attempt to shield Lauren and tonight if my instincts are indeed correct, they won’t be able to do that any longer.

  • tomr

    Doesn’t matter. Both are winners to have gotten this far are their age.

  • callmecrazy

    Scotty!

    But I think we as viewers deserve some type of medal/trophy for enduring this season of ups/downs/highs/lows….and MANIPULATION! I’m surprised I didn’t end up in therapy!

  • lynnh

    I wasn’t sure I’d be voting last night, although I much prefer Scotty to Lauren. My favorites (James, Haley and Casey) are gone; but after watching the show and being disgusted at how they tried to force Lauren down our throats, I voted for Scotty as many times as I could.

    I’m not sure TPTB don’t want Scotty to win. That excessive pimping of Lauren was probably guaranteed to create a backlash.

  • irby

    I think that normally it doesn’t matter who performs better on the final performance show, but it may matter this year. In other years you’ve had contestants who were very different and who appealed to different folks competing. Last year, for example, Crystal wiped the floor with Lee on the final performance night, but those two were different enough – single mom with dreads and a bong microphone vs. a non-threatening paint salesman; folky-bluesy vs. more mainstream rock – that there weren’t a lot of people who liked both. Even though Lee was far weaker, minds were made up. I tend to think that Scotty still has this because he seems to have been so unstoppable all season. I wouldn’t be shocked if Lauren pulled it out, though, because I think a lot of Scotty fans also like Lauren. They’re both wholesome teens from the South who sing the same genre of music. I can see a lot of Scotty fans throwing votes to Lauren or even switching allegiance because of the voice thing and because she loves her mama.

  • abbysee

    I should be Scotty, American Idol usually rewards the people who might not be the best singers, but they are usually the more consistent performers. Scotty just hit doubles, and a few triples, while others were swinging for the fence, striking out more times than not. He might have out played them all.

  • kelli

    It doesn’t look like anyone is really excited about buying their albums. #28 and 29 on itunes. I remember other seasons albums selling higher than that.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I think Scotty has been dominating the voting since the semifinal. Remember when he was the first finalist announced and he got to sit on the couch alone for a while? Everyone else was just competing for 2nd place.

    I don’t know, he is okay, I guess. With the right song he can really shine, he is a pleasant storyteller. But I would say, he won more on the strength of his charisma, TV character than singing or performing ability.

    Personally, I prefer Lauren of the two. Pop/country is easier to stomach than traditional country. She also has a better voice.

  • Hailey

    I like Lauren a lot, so don’t get me wrong here. I blame Idol, not her.. Last night was like the Lauren Alaina recipie for a winner show. Lets throw in drama, a mom, stick a cherry on her head and force feed her to America. Thing is, at this stage nobody is really switching camps. If they wanted Scotty to lose, they should have told him he won the night, the fans would have thought he was safe and Laurens fans would have voted a lot harder, ohh wait thats what they did season 7. Gave the whole night to Archie, and Cook fans voted like mad. lol :/ Or to attempt to give some suspense they told Lauren she nailed it, knowing she doesn’t have a chance, but at least keeping the viewers uncertain about the out come.

  • Coldbluesteel

    The only time Lauren was in the bottom 2 was when those tornadoes came through during voting hours. I saw she said people were calling her mom asking for the numbers to vote with because they had no power but their cells were still up.

    I think Scotty wins. SM is just darn strong this year. Lauren beat the other 125,000 though.

  • sue

    DI could be wrong for the first time with that many votes coming in, right? lol Nah! Scotty probably won hands down and I am not changing my pool. :) I picked Scotty to win from the very beginning and I think he will. Scotty is just more confident and consistent. It is totally about the overall season, so MJ is right.

    As for the bonus points Nigel did say over 100 million votes and still counting so it could be over 110 million votes??? Who knows? It will be a shocker if Lauren wins, lol. Good luck to both of them.

  • MayMirabella

    Drudge Report has this headline under the link to the NY Post article from today’s paper:

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

    Drudge does stuff like this all of the time, rather like a National Enquirer online. Sometimes he is right,sometime he is not.
    He hears rumors and publishes them, rather like TMZ.at times.

  • nncw

    Call me paranoid but I think that TPTB orchestrated this so even more would vote for Scotty – after all it is a reality show where they know how to push viewers buttons. As Nigel said in an interview they had seen Haley’s rehearsals and knew it would be more dramatic to downplay her first performance and then give her a standing ovation in the next. They have to keep it interesting.

  • MayMirabella

    We joke about Tabloid headlines and Drudge and TMZ who surely would gone with…

    Breaking News: Dewey Wins…developing…..and the next day a photo of Truman holding the paper saying….Dewey wins..LOL..so I while I believe Scotty will win in a landslide, not believing there are any leaks from Idol about the actual results or numbers.

  • Banished

    WHAAAAAT? Haley wasn’t in the finale? LOL.

  • MayMirabella

    I am looking forward to all the stuff that leads up the annoucement in the last 3 minutes of the show.

    I am looking forward to seeing the surprise guest performers..remember when Prince and Queen and Kiss were on the Finale…looking forward to seeing which stars perform with which contestants ( even if I cannot have my dream teams of Haley and Eric Burdon and Steven/James/ Adam blowing the roof off the joint. LOL

  • loosegoose

    mj, may I request a third option for the poll? “Who cares?”

  • OldHag

    The only time Lauren was in the bottom 2 was when those tornadoes came through during voting hours.

    I wouldn’t bet on that. You have to wonder who was really in the bottom 2 the times Scotty was standing next to Casey and James.

  • stwbcross

    I think Scotty never had one expectation placed on him the entire competition and therefore its easier for people to be impressed by him.

    This!!!

    I definitely would have liked to see someone else win this thing rather than someone who’s shown virtually no growth. But when it’s a choice between Lauren and Scotty, Scotty’s been the most consistent throughout so he deserves it more. I just wish I had a different choice.

    100 million votes? I thought is would be more because wasn’t last week around 95 million votes and 2 hours less to vote?

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    Scotty wins by the widest margin ever on American Idol.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I hope Lauren looks at DI so she is prepared for the loss.

  • Coldbluesteel

    Banished says:
    05/25/2011 at 4:04 pm

    WHAAAAAT? Haley wasn’t in the finale? LOL.

    She was, just for a second in the audience when they showed Lala’s mom. I thought she was overexposed.

  • tomr

    No, Haley was cleaning toilets and Lauren’s dressing room.

  • iani

    “Sing a song, grandpa!” The voice of Scotty, for the win! Like Lauren better though.

  • Lucy1234

    Please give Lauren more credit. You could tell she knew last night as she was dismissing what the judges told her by shaking her head. She has probably known as the other Idols have known that Scotty had this thing in the bag weeks ago. Lauren seems to look up to Scotty and she will be just fine. I agree she outsang Scotty (even with a blown vocal chord) and she seemed to try much harder than Scotty last night. Scotty pretty much phoned it in last night but that is all he really needed to do. It will be interesting to see how his dreadful new single does. I consider it as bad as No Boundaries.

  • Trina

    Scotty’s been my choice to win, but I really liked Lauren last night. But that total..holy hell. I remember Nigel saying in season 7 DC was so far ahead Top 2 night he knew it was a blowout before West Coast voting was even finished. For BOTH of Lauren and Scotty’s sake I hope they don’t announce the difference tonight embarrassing one of them.

  • LadyBeBop

    Kelli, I think part of the reason for the low numbers are that the Scotty and Lauren fans have downloaded their songs throughout the season. I always bought Scotty’s songs either very late, right after voting or very early the following morning. There’s no reason for me to buy them again.

    As for the casual iTunes customer…let’s wait and see what happens tonight.

  • wolfsbane813

    Did the compilation albums even chart in the top 10 last season?

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Scotty wins by a landslide.

    Ratings significantly down for final but votes more than ever.

    What dose that say? I hope it says that the voting process needs to be changed. I don’t think that FOX or AT&T will go for a one vote/one device type change, so I would propose capping phone and internet at 100 and having texts follow a formula of diminishing returns after like 75 (each vote worth 1/2, then 1/10, then 1/100, etc…).

    The final chapter on this season will be written when we see sales numbers from members of the top 10. In my opinion, the only commercially viable contestants (other than Stefano’s inevitable Grammy win ^insert sarcasm here) are Haley, Paul, and Pia. I think that Niama also has a lot of potential, but maybe not in popular music.

  • littlefishie

    I think the pimping was intended to help Lauren get votes. Scotty has been the frontrunner all season, and Lauren didn’t have much of a chance of beating him. But by pimping her, she’d at least get some sympathy votes, mom votes, and votes from people who actually listen to the judges. On the other hand, backlash could also increase drama and result in more votes from Scotty fans, which would cause another record number of total votes. All in all, they had nothing to lose.

  • Nostradamas

    There’s seriously something wrong in AI voter-land….

    Do the math…100M votes…from whom?!?!

    10M people voting 10X each?
    1M people voting 100X each?

    Bullshit, I say…there’s maybe a 20K people who power vote…maybe…Of course, NOTHING can be verified due to AI’s secrecy….

  • Kirsten

    The only time Lauren was in the bottom 2 was when those tornadoes came through during voting hours.

    No, that was the first week they fake-bottom twoed Scotty. The huge tornado storm that affected that caused so much destruction in Lauren’s home town (and elsewhere in the South) occure on April 27th which was top 6 week. The last two people standing on the stage were Casey and Scotty.

    The next week, was top 5 and that is when Lauren was bottom twoed with Jacob (Jacob was sent home and Scotty was huffed and told he’d never been in the bottom 2. Fake bottom-twoing Scotty probably did more to bottom 2 Lauren than the tornados because Top 5 week, the country vote broke for Scotty).

    IDK. The DialIdol lead isn’t insurmountable. Last year, Lee had a score about 7 higher than Crystal and he only beat her by 2%. Last week, Scotty had twice the score of Lauren and Haley, yet he didn’t get half the vote (at most 45M). And on SYTYCD, Brandon had a larger lead than Scotty and still lost to Jeanine in S5. Plus, there aren’t a lot of people using DI this year so the sample size is smaller.

    They didn’t so much bus Scotty last night as just not bring him up to heaven in a golden chariot like they did Lauren. They left him at “meh” which is the best way to bus somebody without riling up their fan bases. Yet, the press and blogs are full of outrage this morning, so perhaps they failed. Lots of people reporting that they don’t like Scotty, but they voted for him anyway (shades of Cook/Archie).

    Who knows? I think that Scotty deserves the win based on his season of work (those steady doubles and triples), but Lauren was a smidge better on those last two songs last night and that is what counts.

    I wouldn’t be suprised at any result. Although, I’d love for Scotty to finish of the Kristy Lee Cook Prophecy/Curse.

    BTW Not only does he complete Kristy’s name and he his middle name is Cooke, but Lauren battled him with a KLC song which featured her Mom whose name is…drum roll please…Kristi.

    TOTALLY FREAKY!

  • Nativenewyorker

    I don’t understand this idea that Scotty had no expectations placed on him this season. If memory serves, the judges correctly finally called him out for not stepping it up and challenging himself to do more. He responded with his best performance, singing an unbelievable version of “You’ve Got a Friend”. He also came up with “Gone”, a performance that showed a completely different side of him.

    Scotty almost never sang in his upper register in the beginning of the finales. He has now come to a place where he is quite comfortable singing out of his baritone voice. He can hold notes and has developed better technique. He isn’t holding that mic like a flute anymore and has cut down on the funny faces.

    I think there were more expectations placed on Scotty than Lauren. This girl has just coasted on unqualified praise every single week. All the judges told her was not to be afraid to go for the high notes. That insistence on pushing her to hit those notes could well be at least partly responsible for the vocal problem she experienced before the finale. The judges didn’t dare criticize her, for fear that she would burst into tears. They have tiptoed around her and coddled and pampered her. That does not encourage artistic growth.

    I don’t think I have the energy to even try to sort out what the wretched manipulation last night will do to the result. I do hope that there is a huge backlash against this all too obvious attempt to pull at everyone’s heart strings. I didn’t see Scotty going up to his mother while he was singing and give her a hug. Then the judges tell America who won. We will see if America will just take their votes and shove them in their faces.

    Scotty deserves to win. It’s interesting that many say that he has been consistent, as though it doesn’t mean much. Funny, because I distinctly remember Jennifer using that argument for James as the one who deserved to win this competition.

    Is it necessary to have flaming pianos, marching drummers and flashing lights all over the place to be considered taking a risk? I still think it’s harder to just stand there and sing from your heart. The biggest risk Scotty took was singing probably the best known and loved song from Carole King’s catalogue. Takind on “You’ve Got a Friend” could have been a trainwreck if it wasn’t absolutely perfect in every way. Scotty pulled it off and showed everyone that he’s not just country.

    I am hoping that Scotty wins.

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    I honestly do not think Lauren outsang Scotty last night. I really don’t but that is just my opinion. She to me is one of those girls I wish had waited a few years. She just is not ready. I do like her voice but I don’t love it. Of course Idol may not be there for her to have waited lol but you know.

  • Lucy1234

    Well it looks like Scotty is not blowing Lauren out of the water in sales, at least not yet. I had noticed on twitter that they have a lot of the same fans who are not a war with each other and know that Scotty and Lauren are friends and have suspected that when the show is over, the fangroups will come together and support them both by buying their music. This is a win win for Scotty and Lauren and their fans. My local country radio station today predicted that they both will have long careers in country music. Bottom line: Don’t t think it really matters who wins – they both get cars, both get record contracts, both get the same publicity, both get singles sent to radio. What really is the difference between winning and being the runner-up. TPTB are going to promote the one who they believe will have the most success anyway (can we say Adam) so what does it matter?

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    “The only time Lauren was in the bottom 2 was when those tornadoes came through during voting hours. ”

    Possibly not true. Remember when they had Scotty down there but Ryan never said bottom 2. The next week he actually told Scotty that he had never been in the bottom. The other one Could have been Lauren. I really thought it would be that week figured Nigel was hiding the fact that she wasn’t universally loved. When she was again and he saw it wasn’t a fluke they showed it so her base would vote harder the next time imo

  • Joyed

    I think Scotty will win. Honestly, I think he is the most ready for it. Lauren was probably among my favorite voices this season, but, like with Thia, the people who’ve trained her have not done her any favors.

    I was pleased by this final two, even thought the actual performance show was very boring for me. Hopefully they have fun and cut loose tonight – I usually feel like the contestants sound even better on the results night cause the stress is gone. :)

    To honor their time on idol, I will say my favorite performances from each (live):
    Scotty = You’ve Got a Friend / Gone
    Lauren = Candle in the Wind

    I hope the business treats them well!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I put my pool points on Lauren to win, but I think it will be Scotty.

  • iFly55

    Joyed says:
    05/25/2011 at 4:41 pm

    To honor their time on idol, I will say my favorite performances from each (live):
    Scotty = You’ve Got a Friend / Gone
    Lauren = Candle in the Wind

    I guess i’ll join the band wagon

    Scotty: Gone
    Lauren: You Keep Me Hangin’ On

  • Pam

    I remember Nigel saying in season 7 DC was so far ahead Top 2 night he knew it was a blowout before West Coast voting was even finished.

    Yep, I think he said sometime around 10:30 pm west coast time that there was a 6% margin between the two and that’s when they knew without a doubt who had won it.

    BTW Not only does he complete Kristy’s name and he his middle name is Cooke, but Lauren battled him with a KLC song which featured her Mom whose name is…drum roll please…Kristi.

    Wow Kirsten that is freaky. You are just too good at this stuff. :)

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    Scotty seemed like the winner since those commercials aired before the season even started. Looking back, it’s kind of funny thinking about the people who didn’t want Scotty in their group during Hollywood week. I guess he showed them.
    Congrats to Scotty. I don’t know anything about Country music so I’m not sure if his CD will sell or not. But he sure will be a huge hit on the tour.

  • Kirsten

    So, DI math worked out for me this morning (which was probably a fluke). But Anyway

    I have a theory that the change in raw numbers is reflective of the change in general voting patterns. It’s not perfect because DI voters are not representative, but if Contestant A’s votes go up and Contestant B’s votes go down, maybe that reflects what people in general are voting. The actual numbers don’t matter, it’s the change in those numbers.

    Anyway, I looked at the percentage increase in raw number votes for each contestant and used that to estimate the number of votes this week. There were 70M votes cast last week for Lauren and Scotty (95M less the 25M or so for Haley). If you assume the same increase in votes this week as DI predicts, that was 128M votes. Actual number: 122M. Pretty close given all the rough numbers involved.

    So, what does that matter? Well, Scotty saw a bigger percentage increase in raw votes than Lauren did. For what it is worth. It is likely though that people who use DI are firmly within the Idol Blogsphere and more likely to react negatively to what they see as busing.

    LOL. I’m just wiling away the time until they announce the winner (then I can watch the show in peace no matter what happens because I will find a spoiler)

    BTW Fun NOt Quite a Fact: If Drudge is correct (and there really is no reason to believe that he is right and just not making crap up based on DialIdol and wild blog predictions) and Scotty did get double the votes of Lauren, that means he got more votes than were cast in last years finale for both contestants. Which would be kind of funny, but is totally unlikley to be true.

  • PamReid

    pj says:
    05/25/2011 at 4:43 pm
    I put my pool points on Lauren to win, but I think it will be Scotty.

    I did the same thing and I also think Scotty will win. Oh well……

  • Lucy1234

    AmericanIdol HOT OFF THE PRESSES – More Than 122 Million Votes Cast Last Night. Highest Number of Votes in The Series’ History!!

    that is ridiculous – can we stop the power voting please – it is just not a true indicator of who American really wants to win. It is funny that at work all my co-workers who are not die-hard fans think Lauren will win because they thought Scotty was meh. They bought what what Nigel was peddling hook, line and sinker. Do I think that Lauren will win – no but I can tell you that the average view who has never seen Dial Idol does think Lauren will win. Problem is that it is not the average viewer who decides it the the power voting fangroups and Scotty has that advantage.

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    Just saw this on Drudge Report…developing story so no link yet.

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

  • Jae

    I hope Scotty wins because he has been the most consistant over the season. Lauren did great last night but one good night and a few scattered good performances does not deserve the crown. She really needed another year or two.

  • MayMirabella

    With 4 hours to vote instead of the usual 2, the finale number of votes is always the largest, I would guess?

  • MayMirabella

    I am calling the new Idol winner, the Virginal Idol( the polar opposite of the Steven Tyler ) LOL as he may be the first …being the age he is…or the second as Jordin was also a teen..I forgot about her.

    I know I am bad and going on little sleep. So I apologize. Blame it on my husband who is being silly and making jokes. As he was saying that Scotty is about to be launched into a world where girls will be throwing themselves and their underwear at him. Unless he ends up as virtuous as Donny Osmond, well ….LOL

  • Kirsten

    With 4 hours to vote instead of the usual 2, the finale number of votes is always the largest, I would guess?

    Usually. For some reason, I think that S6 might have had more votes on Top 6 night. Didn’t they open the voting for 4 hours that night? It was IGB and some company gave a donation for every vote that was cast so people went a little crazy with the voting since it was for a good cause. Maybe it didn’t beat the finale, but there were a lot of votes cast that night.

  • mermichelle

    It doesn’t look like anyone is really excited about buying their albums. #28 and 29 on itunes. I remember other seasons albums selling higher than that.

    Scotty currently #8 and Lauren currently #10 (if I am looking in the right place???)

  • rfb

    Scotty is more mature for their ages. His voice is unique. He is young and not old hats like George Strait, etc. Scotty doesn’t cry if someone is critical toward him, he has a cool personality to him. Overall he is ready for a career, and with that voice he will have one. Then there was the coin toss and Scotty won, he ask Lauren which spot she wanted (like a gentleman), and what did she do? She knowingly took the better spot. That right there decided my vote, and the is Scotty. Lauren seems to be spoiled rotten. Don’t like that, maybe when she grows up I will buy her music. Goooo Scotty!!!

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    If it’s true that Scotty got almost twice as many votes I can’t say that I’m surprised. I don’t think anyone could have beat him this year.

  • gabriel oak

    If it’s true that Scotty got almost twice as many votes I can’t say that I’m surprised. I don’t think anyone could have beat him this year.

    If these judges had done their jobs, I doubt Scotty would be winning this year.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    If these judges had done their jobs, I doubt Scotty would be winning this year.

    Simon would have had both Scotty and Lauren ousted (or sniveling in the corner on mass doses of zanix) by top 6.

  • askew3

    122mm votes by how many voters is the question? I guess Nigel is trying to put on a positive face after the reviews of the finale came in with the sub-par ratings. As much as he hates to admit it, the show is only as good as the remaining contestants.

  • kcostell

    The one time the judges really tore into Scotty (Top 7 week, for his “Swingin'”), he followed it up with his two best solo performances of the season.

    When the judges finally told Casey to cut down on the growl, it greatly improved his performances. When they stopped critiqueing him again, the overblown growl came back and his performances suffered.

    When the judges (two weeks in a row!) criticized Haley in the first performance of the night, she followed them up with her two best performances of the season.

    Who knows who would have won if the judges did their job? Some contestants (Scotty included) have shown a remarkable ability to respond to the criticisms and up their game. Perhaps we would have just had better performances all around instead of just “Beautiful” performances that were “In it to Win It, dawg”.

  • pietromatos

    i really dont care who wins … but looks like i’m a minority.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ onlinepastrychef

    I think that it’s in the bag for Scotty. Having said that, I really don’t care much one way or the other. I even live in Garner, Scotty’s hometown, and I still can’t muster up enough care. They are two young, competent singers. Scotty is good but boring and Lauren isn’t quite fully baked. Will be interested in how she matures over the next 3-5 years.

  • milwlovesadam

    “”” If these judges had done their jobs, I doubt Scotty would be winning this year.

    Simon would have had both Scotty and Lauren ousted (or sniveling in the corner on mass doses of zanix) by top 6.”””””

    This. HeeHee

  • smeggingnuts

    has cut down on the funny faces.

    wow if last night was cutting down on funny faces…lol I guess I missed alot more during the season

  • milwlovesadam

    I don’t care who wins. Never have. I buy music I like. From singers who interest me and entertain me. Country is not my cuppa.

    The “winners ” of Idol in my eyes are : Adam, Daughtry, Elliott, Bo Bice, Constantine, Castro and Michael Johns. Add in J Hudson and Carrie. ( Only one actual winner in that list ).

    Whose music have I actually bought? Adam’s, Daughtry’s and Bo’s. Well, I saw Rock of Ages with Constantine, if that counts.

  • sonyab

    Well let’s see. Lauren sang to her mama. Her mama cried and they hugged. Lauren cried. I say with all that manipulations, Lauren will win.

  • kcostell

    Although I do think Scotty (and all the contestants from this or any future season of Idol) will not sell as much as the Idols of old, I don’t think we can look at the iTunes sales of their compilation albums for guidance.

    They’ve pushed the studio singles far more (and made them available sooner) this season than any previous year. Die-hard fans already own most of the album and have no reason to buy it.

  • AddictedToMars

    I say that Scotty will win and I still LOL at people thinking that Lauren is going to fall apart tonight when he wins. I do not think she will.

  • Oksana2000

    pietromatos says:
    05/25/2011 at 5:27 pm
    i really dont care who wins … but looks like i’m a minority.

    No, you are not.. :-)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that it’s in the bag for Scotty. Having said that, I really don’t care much one way or the other. I even live in Garner, Scotty’s hometown, and I still can’t muster up enough care.

    Is there a lot of enthusiasm and support for Scotty in Garner in general? It looked like it on Scotty’s homecoming trip, but it’s hard to really know with how they edit these videos.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Scotty will win and the margin will be so huge that it will be embarassing, so Ryan won’t say anything about it. I like Scotty’s personality better than Lauren’s, but prefer Lauren’s singing.

  • GreenHippo

    I too can care less on who of those two will win tonight, I won’t be buying their music or go to any of their concerts. The only ones from this season I am slightly interessted in are James, Haley and Pia. Maybe if I like what I hear from Casey, I might buy his music. Other then that S7 and S8 ruled!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    Yes, Scotty will win and I don’t care either.

    Totally agree with milwlovesadam on who the real “winners” are in my books, i.e. the ones whose music I’ve bought.

    Still, not going anywhere. Love the show and love this blog.

  • Arkarch

    122 million doesnt impress for four hours.

    It was 95 million in two hours last week.

    So if voting was intense as last week, only 27 million happened in the last two hours.

    I would expect that is not the case. The voting had to be lower per hour than last week – possibly 70 million (first two hours) 52 million (last two hours). Hehe, well in any event I think Haley took some or her 25 million votes with her.

    (I would guess it was more like 80 first two, 42 last two)

  • dancingqueen

    They shouldn’t compare these votes with any other season, because it hasn’t always been 4 phone numbers/4 hours/unlimited texts/on-line voting. Back in the day, most people paid for texts, they had 3 lines at best to call in on, & no on-line – the 4 hours may be the only constant.

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    I figure it’ll be Scotty who wins, but I like Lauren better. She got my votes.

  • http://airincaol.com coco

    I see no problem telling the vote number breakdown……if they can say who won the night round by round and then throw in you won cuz you da Purdiest and it’s a Bootiful THANG and BABY you tried …why not tell it all. But HEY it’s idol and they tell what they want- to benefit their needs and motives and hey that is their Perogative cuz its their show and thats a BEAUTIFUL Thang.

  • Jae

    I dunno. I think with a 122mil votes that maybe Lauren pulled it out. Will see tonight!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Taste Of Country reviews Scotty’s single;
    http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-i-love-you-this-big/

    Taste Of Country reviews Lauren’s single;
    http://tasteofcountry.com/lauren-alaina-like-my-mother-does/

  • larc

    Lucy1234 says:
    that is ridiculous – can we stop the power voting please – it is just not a true indicator of who American really wants to win.

    I don’t know what bothers me more about Idol voting: power voters who are deeply invested in the show or the thought of casual viewers, who are more likely to vote based on a single night of performances, deciding the outcome. The person who wins should be the one with the best track record throughout the season, not the one who just happens to perform better for the finale. One good evening can be a fluke. Several good evenings are less likely to be.

  • hoosiermama

    Oh my! Just noticed there’s an add running down the right side of the page saying “Get Scotty”s New Single I Love You This Big from the American Idol Finale” (with his photo from itunes). Yet I don’t see one for Lauren. Maybe that says it all.

    I didn’t watch or vote. My 17 yr. old daughter watched but didn’t vote, saying she loves both Scotty and Lauren, so she’s happy with whoever wins.

    My pool points are on Scotty.

  • Kirsten

    I dunno. I think with a 122mil votes that maybe Lauren pulled it out.

    IDK. It’s usually angry voters that go all crazy with voting. Sometimes when somebody knocks it way out of the park. I’m not sure that happened last night (but there were certainly some angry people).

    You never know. If Lauren wins, I expect the knoll will have a sudden influx of citizens, though.

  • Nativenewyorker

    Taste Of Country reviews Scotty’s single;
    http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-i-love-you-this-big/

    Taste Of Country reviews Lauren’s single;
    http://tasteofcountry.com/lauren-alaina-like-my-mother-does

    I happen to agree with these reviews of the recorded versions of their respective songs. Scotty sounds so much better on the recorded version than he did live. I thought he seemed a bit out of sorts during the finale. He always has that wonderful smile and cute faces, but he was totally serious and somber. I think it was a combination of fatigue and nerves that made his live performance not as great. Also, hearing the song in its totality makes more sense than the abbreviated version.

    I think that Lauren’s emotion in her live version gave more power to this song. The recorded version only highlights the sappy cheese factor. I don’t think this song holds up and there is a reason why it hasn’t been recorded previously.

  • sagi

    Or maybe TPTB already informed him that he would get a record deal and all the bells and whistles but they were going to give the crown to Lauren whether the votes were there or not? I am so cynical of this show, but I swear if Lauren wins, after being called the one since the beginning and after so many others were eliminated before they grew on America, I will be convinced it is the case!

  • OldHag

    There’s seriously something wrong in AI voter-land….

    Do the math…100M votes…from whom?!?!

    10M people voting 10X each?
    1M people voting 100X each?

    Bullshit, I say…there’s maybe a 20K people who power vote…maybe…Of course, NOTHING can be verified due to AI’s secrecy….

    I really don’t see why not – my husband who has never voted before phoned in 12 times and had my daughter on-line vote for him all 50 votes and he has never voted before. I might be biased though…. this shoots down the “there will be so many less votes because Haley isn’t in it anymore” theory.

  • mozart4898

    I really don’t see why not – my husband who has never voted before phoned in 12 times and had my daughter on-line vote for him all 50 votes and he has never voted before. I might be biased though…. this shoots down the “there will be so many less votes because Haley isn’t in it anymore” theory.

    Agreed. I’d voted after one show earlier this season and that time gave 5 votes each to Lauren, Scotty, and James. Last night I gave Lauren about 100 or so, and my mom, who hadn’t voted all season either, gave her like 40-50 I think it was. So I think it’s actually totally reasonable that these numbers are right.

    Now, that’s not saying anything about whether or not it’s RIGHT that you can vote this much, but I certainly can believe these numbers are on the level. If only 20 million people watch the show (and it’s more than that) and 10% of them vote, that’s 2 million voters. An average of 50-60 votes each (per voter) gives you the numbers they’re saying. No, not everyone votes that much, but some do (me, my mom, your daughter)…and some vote a LOT more. Of course, many probably vote a lot less too. But it averages out and makes sense.

  • sagi

    Maybe Haley’s fans decided to vote anyway, for Scotty, to insure that the machine did not get who they wanted for the win?

  • keware

    I was able to text almost 5,000 votes. Just kept hitting paste/send for four hours. My husband and kids don’t usually vote but last night collectively texted about 3,000. All for Scotty.

  • Pam

    I was able to text almost 5,000 votes. Just kept hitting paste/send for four hours. My husband and kids don’t usually vote but last night collectively texted about 3,000. All for Scotty.

    8000 from one house? Wow that’s pretty good. :) I only managed to get in just over 1000 all for Scotty as well.

  • MayMirabella

    Wow Keware , I aim impressed, 8000 votes from your family ..tha is amazing.

    I wish I could have hired your family Season 8 for Adam and wellSeason 3 for Hudson but there was not text voting then., LOL

  • sonyab

    abbysee says:

    I should be Scotty,

    Oh? That’s interesting. :) Then who should Scotty be? ROFL!

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ onlinepastrychef

    @fuzzywuzzy Garner is completely crazy for Scotty. Completely. My next door neighbor, Thomas, has a side business where he sets up big outdoor movie screens and projects pretty much whatever anyone wants to see–from Wii games to movies. He has been using the screens for the official Town of Garner viewing parties. My mom and I went to one Thomas got to ride in the parade last Saturday and invited us (couldn’t go) and the across the street neighbors who were having a b-day party for their 10yo daughter and niece. How cool is that–for their 10th bday, they got to ride in an AI parade?!

    Anyway, the place is completely nutso and supportive of Scotty. It’s really quite sweet. I know he really can feel the love from his home town.

  • 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)’!