This week’s final power list is pretty simple. My powers of prognostication have been pretty lousy lately-I was so sure Lauren Alaina would get the boot last week, but here she is in the final. But, I don’t think she’s going to win.
- Scotty McCreery
- Lauren Alaina
I can’t imagine confetti raining down on anyone else other than Scotty McCreery when all is said and done on Wednesday night. That doesn’t make me a genius–at this point it’s conventional wisdom. Scotty has never been in the bottom 2. While he hasn’t taken any risks, he’s performed assuredly within his own country lane–singing both traditional and pop country tunes with ease.
Lauren came out of the gate with a bang–trading licks with Steven Tyler on “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” during her audition. But she withered under the hot lights and the judges’ criticisms. Not quite ready for primetime, Lauren’s performances have been tentative and uneven throughout the competition, while fellow teen, Scotty grew stronger as the weeks went by.
I think the Scotty train is unstoppable. And it’s one of the reasons this week final is destined to dullsville. You’ve got two teens who while not identical, sing in overlapping country styles. Neither take risks. Lauren, in particular, is literally terrified of messing up at this point. It’s safe to assume there will be no surprises during the Tuesday night final.
Well, maybe one surprise. With the revelation that Haley Reinhart will be singing an original song on the finale, it’s safe to assume that Scotty and Lauren are probably preparing original songs for their coronation numbers. And let’s hope they’ve moved beyond the puppies and rainbows nonsense of past years. A recent tweet indicated Scotty will be singing a song by “Live Like You Were Dying” writer, Tim Nichols who tweeted that Scotty recorded one of his songs.
Even if the final performance show is dull (David Cook will be around to sing the boot song live to spice things up, at least), here’s hoping the producers are preparing a kick ass finale show, featuring the Top 13, former Idols and assorted music stars.
Who do you think will win American Idol Season 10?
- Watch Scotty McCreery’s Performances throughout the season
- Watch Lauren Alaina’s Performances throughout the season