The excitement is mounting. The American Idol finale is only 7 days away. But who will get there? Haley, Lauren and Scotty will each sing three songs tonight. First is a personal choice for each of them. Second is mentor Jimmy Iovine’s choice. And third will be the judges’ pick! Let’s get to it.OK! VIDEO: WATCH JAMES DURBIN, JIMMY FALLON & RANDY JACKSON JAM OUT TO JOURNEY!
Scotty- “Amazed.” He sang a song that wasn’t deep country. And I enjoyed it. But he needs to stretch his voice a little more.
Steven- You keep getting better and better with your singing. You really did take that song up a notch.
Jennifer- You’ve grown so much as a performer. I am sure there a million girls who wish you were singing that song to them.
Randy- You are picking smart things, you know who you are. There are a couple pitchy spots but the end of the song, wow.
Lauren- “Wild One.” Not a good song choice for Lauren. It didn’t show off her vocals and she sounded like she was all over the place.
Jennifer- You have to attack it like that every time. That was good.
Randy- I love seeing you having fun. That was a nice song choice for you. That was nice.
Steven- You are ready for this. You are ready for America to be all over you.
Haley- “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Haley is rocking it tonight even with that fall. She completely recovered and rocked it out on that stage. Haley won round 1!
Randy- This girl is slaying it. This is crazy vocals. One of your best performances ever. Haley is in it to win it.
Steven- That was superb. That was so so good.
Jennifer- It was a really tough song. You sang it great. It was a good good round for you.
Scotty- “Are You Going to Kiss Me Or Not?” Pulled out the guitar and did his thing on this one. But nothing too excited. Scotty always sounds good though.
Steven- You sang it real beautiful. That was great.
Jennifer- You feel so comfortable in your skin. It was so good. But can you shave your head for the finale like you had it the first time?
Randy- Jimmy picked a good song for you. It was perfect. It was right in your range. You are approaching that Garth Brooks level.
Lauren- “If I Die Young.” She sounded really great on this one. This is the kind of song Lauren should be singing.
Jennifer- You have the most beautiful tone of our finalists. It comes so naturally to you.
Randy- When you missed your mark and stumbled, you picked it up and went right on.
Steven- You got caught up in the moment. But you nailed it again.
Haley- “Rhiannon”- Loved loved the lighting and wind machine on this performance. Made it so cool to watch. And Haley slowed it down a bit on this one which was different.
Randy- You did a good job. Your pitch was perfect. I think you did a really job. You are in the zone right now.
Steven- You sang that song that good. You did play it like we knew you would.
Jennifer- It was a nice contrast to what you did earlier. It was a very pretty moment.
Scotty- “She Believes In Me.” This was just all right Scotty. Your fans will eat it up. But I wish he would just change it up a little more.
Steven- You put it over the top for me right now. That was it for me there.
Jennifer- Wanted to see if you could hit that big chorus. Good job baby.
Randy- It’s about you stretching yourself. It was a little different for you. Very nicely done.
Lauren- “I Hope You Dance.” Lauren looks a little too much like a teen in a beauty pageant and I don’t love the song choice for her. But she really gave it her all and showed off her vocals.
Jennifer- You gave me goosebumps from head to toe. You won that round for me already.
Randy- You slayed it. You are in the zone. This girl is in it to win it.
Steven- You walked out here like you owned the Grand Ole Opry. You are so at easy with yourself.
Haley- “You Oughta Know.” Wow, this is a really hard song to sing. It is so fast! But it really fits Haley’s growling voice. She gave it a great ending.
Randy- America has their work cut out for them when voting.
Steven- That was so perfect. You so nailed the choruses.
Jennifer- With the choruses, there is nobody that can match you.
This is a really hard one to call. I really feel that Haley deserves to be in that finale. But who will join her? I want it to be Lauren but I think it will be Scotty.
The results show will definitely be a nail biter. Catch it tonight at 8 p.m.
Written by Rana Meyer