American Idol Finale Performances
“Tonight, you change lives.” That’s how Seacrest kicked off the Idol finale. Wow – we’re going deep this year! In all seriousness, it is a big deal for the two youngest ever Idol finalists who went head to head on Tuesday night. Both seem destined for Country stardom, but winning the Idol crown is still hard to beat as a launch pad. We learned that Lauren, already an underdog if you believe the odds makers, had another disadvantage tonight, in that she has strained her vocal cords. They even hauled out the Official Idol Doctor for those of us who think that strained vocal cords sounds like what you wake up with after a good night of karaoke. The Official Doctor assures us it is MUCH more serious than that, so serious in fact that they apparently drugged her up for the evening. Now, I understand her calm sense of grace and peaceful smile…..she’s on painkillers! Nice!
Scotty kicked things off with….wait for it….a Country Song!! Just kidding. Of COURSE he picked a country song. That’s the girl that brought him to the dance, he’s not going to shift gears now. He went with “Gone” and offered a really solid performance. Not his best work of the season, not even very memorable, but very safe and entertaining, which is all Scotty needed tonight.
Lauren followed that up with “Flat On the Floor.” Her stage presence was that of someone way beyond her tender years, and she sang it okay, although it did seem that she was holding back due to the aforementioned vocal strain. Overall it was good, but not memorable and I think Lauren needed to take risks in the finale to improve her odds.
The second round is usually the Idol creator’s choice, but again, they’re really shaking it up on Season Ten, so this year, we got to hear the Idols’ Idols’ picks for them. George Strait chose “Check Yes Or No” for Scotty. It showed off his baritone and old school Nashville style reasonably well, and he managed to keep his often-goofy stage antics to a minimum.Continued on the next page