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‘American Idol’ Recap — Only Three Left [VIDEO]

Haley Reinhart
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Last night’s “American Idol” (in case you missed it) had the last three contestants sing three songs each.  If you have been living under a rock somewhere, then you wouldn’t know that the field of performers has been narrowed down to Scott McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Haley Reinhart.  The contestants had guidance from Beyoncé this week when it came to their song choice.  Then Jimmy lovine chose their second song and the judges chose their last, and third, song.

Haley Reinhart chose a Led Zeppelin song (that her father helped out with by playing the guitar); Jimmy lovine chose “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac for her to sing; and then the judges asked that she sing Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.”  Haley is a very talented vocalist.  She can hit really low notes and then belt away up high as well.  She had some pitchy moments, but I definitely loved her third performance of Morissette’s song though it still lacked control in certain spots of the song.

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Scott McCreery
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I’m usually impressed with Scotty, but lately I’ve just been bored by him.  Yes, he has a deep voice.  Yes, he is cute and endearing.  But other than that, he is just a young kid with a deep voice who occassionally hits a couple of good notes.  Last night — not one of his better nights.  If you caught last night’s show and saw the end of the show’s recap of the performers, it was obvious who shined and who should go home.  I believe Scotty will be going home tonight and if he doesn’t, then the voters of this week’s performances did not listen carefully enough.  McCreery chose for himself, Lonestar’s “Amazed.”  Boring!  I was yawning through the whoel performance.  Then, Jimmy lovine chose Thompson Square’s “Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”  Not at all a good rendition — did not give the song enough credit.  And then judges wanted to hear him sing Kenny Rogers’ “She Believes In Me.”  This song was better and showed a little more range for Scotty, but still not nearly the caliber of the other two contestants. 

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Lauren Alaina
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Finally, this year’s “American Idol” star (at least who I predict will win it all), Lauren Alaina.  Lauren chose Faith Hill’s “Wild One” as her pick and she hit it home.  Then Jimmy asked Lauren to sing “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry.  Though she missed her key change into the last chorus, she managed to forget the mistake and finish the song strong.  Her last song, chosen by Jennifer, Randy and Steven, was “I Hope You Dance,” by LeAnn Womack.  Though this not at all a country song I would want anyone to sing (not one of my favs), Alaina put her own little twist on the song and did an awesome job.  She has tremdendously good stage presence, she shows control and maturity and is enjoyable to listen to from beginning to end. 

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Here is Lauren’s version of “If I Die Young,” which is not an easy song to sing, but because I love this song and Alaina’s singing, I hope you find it just as enjoyable.

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Who do you think should go home after last night’s performances?

Something to keep in mind for the finale next week.  “American Idol” will be on a day earlier, meaning; the performances will be Tuesday instead of Wednesday and the results will be Wednesday, instead of Thursday.

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