'American Idol' Blog: The Top 3 Perform!

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May 19 2011, Published 1:39 p.m. ET

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 Jackson
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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