Only Country Music Will Be Presented in the American Idol Finale
American Idol Producers, Interscope and Geffen Records can be proud of themselves. American Idol fans truly picked a winner this year. Country Music sells! With Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery we will have for sure good selling artists. The question is will the winner be a girl or a guy. And so far Scotty McCreery has lead dialidol.com prediction every week and let’s face it American Idol fans don’t really have a good record of voting for a girl.
Having to say this I can see both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina be successful in the music business.
However I find it disappointing that we exclusively have one genre presented in the American Idol finale which is country. I am not much a fan of country music anyway.
Ryan Seacrest announced yesterday that this will be the youngest American Idol finale ever and 95 Million Votes were casted for this year’s top three.
So how did Country Music got there?
The Top Three Recap of Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart
Haley Reinhart covered on Wednesday Night: “What is and Should Never Be” by Led Zepplin, “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac, and “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. It was incredible charming that Haley Reinhart’s father accompanied her on stage. Too bad that she fell in her first song. However as someone pointed out on votefortheworst Jennifer Lopez mention in her critique about her sound problems she had the other day but conveniently forgot to mention that she fell too during an award show. Jimmy Iovine picked the right song for Haley Reinhart by offering her a song from Stevie Nix. She presented it so well, that I gave her a shot on the finale. However the judges pick for her was really awful. It was one of the worst performances from her and I don’t buy the judges praise for that one. She couldn’t keep up and the song is not really melodically to begin with. I thought Haley Reinhart one first round, was second in second round and lost in the third by a mile.
Lauren Alaina chose “Wild One” by Zaca Creek, Jimmy Iovine chose: ” If I die Young” by the Band Perry, and the Judges pick for her was; ” I hope you Dance” from Lee Ann Womack. Her choice: “Wild One” was a great one. I can hear an aspiring Carrie Underwood in her voice. It fit well to her personality and stage demeanor. Jimmy Iovine again showed his experience by picking the perfect song for Lauren Alaina. I thought Lauren Alaina blew the competition out of the water with the song: ” If I Die Young” . She almost sounded better then The Band Perry. But I didn’t buy the judges praise for her boring: “I hope you dance” rendition. It was OK but not great. Either way I thought Lauren was second first round, won second round and was second third round.
Scotty McCreery sang: “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Are you gonna me or not?” by Thompson Square and “She Believes In Me’ by Kenny Roger. His choice: ” Amazed” was boring. I heard it so many times on American Idol I don’t think I can count it anymore. My favorite contestant performing the song was the Marine Josh Gracin in Idol Season 2. Again Jimmy Iovine showed great mentor skills by picking: “She Believes In Me” for Scotty. That was an awesome song for him and I truly enjoyed it. The judges again lost by selecting: “She Believes In Me”. I thought that the contestants supposed to show how current and relevant they are especially so close to the finale. But considering how the other contestants did in third round Scotty McCreery won it, was third in first round, third in second round.
Song Choices For Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina
Again the judges picked less relevant songs then the contestants themselves. Jimmy Iovine showed that he knows his stuff by picking the right songs for the right contestants. That was the first time that I was impressed by the guy.
Beyonce Knowles as the Mentor
I like to give a Shout Out to her since I didn’t expect her kindness and gentleness with the American Idol Contestants. I think I want to see more of her mentoring the contestants. That was really nice. I however could have gone without her music video. But what do I know.
Home Visits of Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart
Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart had a chance to go back home and talk with family, friends and fans. All three of them visited their High School, gave a concert and received star treatment. I thought Haley Reinhart fan crowd looked rather little in comparison with the others until she gave her concert. Lauren Alaina was genuinely devastated by the Tornadoes which hit her area. However she presented herself with immense maturity talking to the young boy who saved his brothers life. I also thought the way she encouraged people at her concert was truly touching. Josh Turner’s” Your Man” song received a lot of attention this season with Scotty McCreery and his dad singing the line ” Baby lock the door and turn the lights down low” quite a bit. In the beginning that made Scotty appear like a “one trick pony”. What a joy it must have been for Scotty so see Josh Turner on stage for his home town visit performing the song with him. I guess Jordan Dorsey would accept Scotty McCreery in Hollywood Round now for sure since Scotty McCreery is not said to be the clear front runner.
Il Volvo and Nicole Scherzinger Were the Guest Performer
I think it took guts from executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe to invite the popular Italian group Il Volvo to the show. We are not Italians and we prefer our pop music. But I think Il Volvo have a bit the next door neighbor image as the Jonas Brothers and can do here in the states. American Idol supposed to be a singing competition where fans and contestants alike are exposed to different kind of music. And let’s face it ll Volvo could sing.
After watching Enrique Iglesias one day on you tube he said that he and Nicole Scherzinger share the same label. No wonder that both were presented back to back on American Idol. It looks like Interscope/ Geffen represent a lot of the artists which performed this year on American Idol. What a shame that we are excluded from other singers. Either way I was able to put up with Nicole Scherzinger performance.
The Ford Music Video Was Called a Day At The Beach
Yes, the contestants were at the Beach making video of sand castles and playing beach games. Then they drove off watching themselves back at the screen in the car. It was OK.
Haley Reinhart Was Eliminated From American Idol
The elimination of Haley Reinhart was short and sweet. Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina were declared safe. Haley Reinhart didn’t seem surprise, overly sad or disappointed. She performed an incredible swan songs in front of the judges, embraced her Dad and greeted her fellow Season 10 contestants. Her video showed mostly footage of her Home visit and I think she will chop that experience up as a good one. I would have liked to see her in the finale taking country music on , but I obviously didn’t get what I wished for in James Durbin nor in Haley Reinhart.
As for next week I am still pulling for an upset and hope that Lauren Alaina will win that thing in order for the show to be interesting. Scotty McCreery is of course considered the front runner.
Remember the American Idol Finale is on Tuesday and not on Wednesday. So don’t miss it.
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