Well, this was it. I think what tonight was all about was, who would join Scotty in the finale? I don't think there was much doubt that he would be there. (Iovine confirmed that thought with his prediction that there would be a guy in the finale.) So would it be an all-country finale with Lauren and Scotty or would it be a mix of country and jazzy/pop with Haley and Scotty?
I actually believe Haley earned the spot last night with a couple of dynamite performances. However, when I was calling in votes, I got a ton of busy signals for Scotty. I got none for Haley. I didn't think that was a good sign for her at the time. Tonight, we find out if it meant anything.
This was the night we got to see their homecomings. I always enjoy these. This year was no different. We also got another Ford ad and a performance by Il Volo, an Italian trio of youngsters (at least they sure looked young to me) singing O Sole Mio. Beautiful! There was also a debut by Nicole somebody, and I was not impressed.
When all was said and done, it was Haley who went home this week. She looked completely disbelieving when Lauren was named the finalist. She must have been as sure as I was that she would make it to the finale.
95 million votes were cast to give us not only an all-country finale but the youngest finale in Idol history. I believe Jordin Sparks was 17 when she won, but she was up against someone older. This time we've got a 17 year old and a 16 year old. Pretty impressive youngsters, and as a country music fan, I confess to taking pleasure that these two have risen to the top. It was Season 4 when Carrie Underwood won. About time we had another country Idol. Now we are guaranteed one no matter who wins.
Haley, you've got a boatload of talent, young lady, and I don't doubt you will find success doing what you love. Wishing you the very best.