Here we are. The finale. It won’t be a choice between country or pop. It won’t be a choice between country or heavy metal. It won’t be a choice between country or jazz. It’s an all-country finale. The girl next door versus the boy next door. The youngest finale ever as well.
Reports of a blown vocal cord for Lauren. Did they make a big deal to get her a sympathy vote? Hmm. They say she is fine.
Scotty won the toss but gave the choice to Lauren (what a gentleman) for the order they will sing. She chose to go second.
Scotty (Favorite of season: Gone): Great choice. Even better than when he performed it before. The night is off to a great start. No comments from the judges.
Lauren (Favorite of season: Flat on the Floor): Good choice from her as well. I didn’t notice any difference in her voice, but this isn’t a song with a lot of nuance either. She had the joint a stompin’.
Scotty (Celebrity George Strait pick: Check Yes or No): Gosh, a George Strait song I didn’t know. But I liked it and thought Scotty sold it. Still no comments from the judges.
Lauren (Celebrity Carrie Underwood pick: Maybe It Was Memphis): I picked up on a bit of hoarseness with this song, and I can’t say I liked her tutu dress with cowboy boots. However, she did a really fine job. At this point, I’d say the two kids are tied.
Finally, we get some judges’ remarks. Randy gave round 1 to Scotty and round 2 to Lauren, slight edge for both of them. J-Lo concurs. Steven gives both rounds to Lauren … because she’s prettier. Ha!
Scotty (Record release tomorrow if wins: I Love You This Big): What a great song! This should be a huge hit on the radio. Loved it. Loved it. Randy called it a brilliant vocal. J-Lo says he’s a great storyteller and did an amazing job. Steven says he’s proved his range.
Lauren (Record release tomorrow if wins: Like My Mother Does): Emotionally, this was huge! Lauren has her big moment during this performance. What a tribute to her mom and to all moms. Really, really terrific. Another radio hit. The judges all felt this round went to Lauren. In fact, they pretty much tried to crown her with their words.
Wow! Great night. America has quite a choice to make. I can’t remember a season where I would have been happy no matter which one won, but that’s how I’m feeling right now. Yes, I have my favorite and will cast my votes accordingly. But both of these kids are winners, and Nashville is going to be a winner, too, getting both the new American Idol and the runner-up.
Okay, off to vote.
PS I won’t be seeing the final live. I’ll be at a high school graduation. Thank goodness for DVRs.