American Idol 10 – Final Recap Roundup!

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

Find out what myself, MJ Santilli (MJ’s Big Blog) and Rickey Yaneza ( have to say about Lauren’s Laryngitis, Scotty going “Big(?)” and which teen will take season 10 in this post-Top 2 performances edition of AOL’s ‘American Idol’ talk show, ‘Something Pitchy!’

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

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


Live at American Idol: Final Performance Night Falls Flat

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

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

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

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

LA Times

‘American Idol’ Finale: The Case For Lauren

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

Idol Worship

American Idol Recap: ‘Mother’ Load

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

TV Line

‘American Idol’ recap: Duel at the Nokia Theater

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


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

Nothing against Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina but we can’t help it if 2/3rds of the ‘Something Pitchy’ crew thought tonight’s finale performances were dullsville. Though MJ and myself thought one of the teens dominated tonight’s show, we’re all still standing by our predictions for the season 10 winner.

TV Squad

American Idol Wants You To Hug Your Mama Y’all

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


‘American Idol’ Season 10 Finale

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

NY Times

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

Not cool, “American Idol.” Not cool.

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


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

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


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

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

TV Squad

Final 2 Recap: I Love This Season This Big

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

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

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

Top Idol Blog

American Idol Goes Really, Really Country

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

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