I've been a fan of Scotty since the very beginning and Lauren won me over somewhere along the way....so all season long I have been voting for those two harder than any other to make the finale and tonight it paid off! For the first time ever Idol had a battle of two country stars in the making!
They each performed three songs tonight. First round being their choice (choosing from a song they've performed before on stage). Second round song was chosen by the contestants personal idol and the third round is the song that will be their first single if he/she wins.
First Round: "Gone" by Montgomery Gentry. Even though I love the song, I'm surprised that Scotty chose it as his fave, especially since he's performed some really great songs. He did a good job the first time he performed it, but I think he did even better tonight! It was a good, fun way to start the show :-)
Second Round: George Strait chose "Check Yes or No" for him to sing. I thought it was a great song choice for Scotty! Especially since I've always loved the song...it's actually the first song I ever remember hearing by George when I was little and it's the reason I'm a George Strait fan :-) Scotty did a great job with it!
Third Round: "I Love You This Big" will be Scotty's first single if he wins. I could totally hear it on country radio, but I dont think it's the greatest song ever...it's kind of weak lyrically. It's pretty decent if compared to other "winning songs" from the past. Scotty sounded great and the judges loved him. Randy thought the range of the song was great for him and said his vocals were brilliant. Jennifer said he did an amazing job.
First Song: "Flat On The Floor" by Carrie Underwood. Another surprising decision for her to choose that one out of all the others she's performed this season. But the attitude of the song matched the attitude of Scotty's first performance so I think it was a great decision. She sounded great, but her voice did sound a little weak in parts due to a blown vocal chord.
Second Round: Carrie Underwood chose "Maybe It Was Memphis" by Pam Tillis.I thought Carrie picked an awesome song for her! It's a song that I love, but havent heard in a long time. Lauren's voice sounded so much better during her second performance and I loved her cowboy boots!
Third Round: "Like My Mother Does" will be the name of Lauren's first single if she wins. Lyrically, Lauren's "winning" song was so much better than Scotty's. It's another song that is great for country radio, but it has a contemporary feel to it sorta like Taylor Swift's music. She did a great job and sounded beautiful! Randy thought it was an amazing song and gave her a standing ovation. Jennifer said it was a close race, but Lauren might have won it with that song. Steven said that Lauren has been his Idol from the first time seeing her =)
They both did a great job tonight! I think the first round went to Scotty and the second Round went to Lauren..which is how the judges felt. The 3rd round was really close, but the judges gave that round to Lauren...and I have to agree! I love them both...but I'm rooting for Lauren to win since a girl hasnt won in years, but if Scotty does win I'll still be happy. Especially since he's such a traditional sounding country singer :-)
David Cook closed the show by performing "Dont You Forget About Me." It's always nice to see David back on the Idol stage :-)