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American Idol recap: American Idol Season 10 Finale Scotty Lauren

Scotty and Lauren fight to gain support of their fans — but only one has the support of the Idol machine.

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Lauren Alaina Dress
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American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

Earlier in the season, Randy Jackson told Lauren Alaina that the young contestant reminded him of a Carrie Underwood-Kelly Clarkson hybrid. And weeks later, during Tuesday night’s finale, Idol did its darndest to remind us of this very comparison. Lauren sings a Carrie song! Carrie chooses a song for Lauren! Random precious footage of Carrie (and David Cook, but strangely, no other Idol winners) as a youngster just prior to precious footage of Lauren as a child! Vocal troubles, just like Kelly during season 1’s finale! The comparison to the season 4 winner was so subliminal, I found myself several times accidentally typing “Carrie” in my notes instead of “Lauren.” How to explain the sudden urge to watch Minute To Win It and buy a Filet-O-Fish — that I can’t quite explain.

But it makes sense for Idol producers to push a Lauren win for season 10. After all, we’re looking at a perfect reality show storyline here: Sweet Southern Belle who dreamed of winning Idol as a child grows up to nab the title of our American Idol — but only after overcoming a health struggle that almost pushed her out of the competition. That’s right: Just prior to the show, rumors hit the Web claiming that Haley would replace an ailing Lauren. (Oh, what a tease!) But according to Idol‘s resident doctor, after Lauren sprained a vocal cord while pushing her voice in rehearsals, she was deemed healthy enough to compete.

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