Kirstin On 'Idol': Lauren Alaina Kicked Scotty McCreery's Butt In The Finals — Will She Win?

Tue, May 24, 2011 10:40pm EDT by 3 Comments

Despite having the equivalent of a ‘sprained ankle’ in her throat, I thought Lauren Alaina far out-performed Scotty McCreery during the final performances May 24!

Truth be told, I’m thrilled with the final two contestants on American Idol this season. Since the auditions, I’ve been pulling for Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina to make it all the way — so I can honestly say I’ll be happy when either one of them walks away the winner May 25. That said, if we’re voting on performances alone, I think Lauren, 16, should be crowned the new American Idol.

Scotty, 17, and Lauren had to each sing three songs — their favorite single of the season, a song chosen by their idol and their future first single — during the live performance night at Nokia Theater at LA Live May 24…and Scotty seemed like he was phoning it in.

Although his performances have been consistently strong all season, I would have liked to have seen Mr. Country Boy step it up for the final show by dressing up in a suit, singing with a lot of energy and treating it differently than any other night of the week. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I loved his rendition of George Strait‘s “Check Yes Or No,” but was underwhelmed by both his single, “I Love You This Big,” and “Gone.”

Lauren, on the other hand, was out for blood tonight. Although her voice was giving out on her so much she almost had to bow out of the competition, she pulled it together enough to sing with heart and some major power. I thought her version of Carrie Underwood‘s “Flat on the Floor” was weak, but she knocked her second two songs — “Maybe It Was Memphis” and “Like My Mother Does” — out of the park.

I went into this show thinking Scotty had the competition locked up, but now I honestly think Lauren has a shot at stealing the title from under his nose. All in all, the final performance was uneventful — if not a total snooze fest.

Who do YOU think will win American Idol? Do you think Fox built up Lauren’s illness before the show on purpose? Are you still bitter about Haley Reinhart‘s elimination? Sound off below!

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