Last night, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery competed to become the tenth American Idol, and while the show started off excitingly (with last-minute rumors regarding the ailing Lauren's ability to compete and the possiblity of Haley Reinhart stepping in), and ended excitingly (with David Cook playing his Simple Minds cover against a backdrop of Season 10 highlights), the rest of the show was disappointingly dull.
It was in fact "Idol's" dullest final showdown ever, although that wasn't really the contestants' fault: When left to their own devices, Lauren and Scotty chose fun and uptempo songs that suited their youth. But when forced to sing songs selected for them, it was all about boring balladry and trite lyrical cliches. Oh, those poor kids.
Speaking of poor kids, today as my Yahoo! Entertainment colleague Matt Whitfield and I discuss last night's show, we definitely think Scotty was thrown under the bus, and we also doubt just how staged/exaggerated the whole Lauren-health-scare stunt was. We also have other questions: Why was 17-year-old Scotty given a single with a cutesy chorus seemingly written for a FIVE-year-old? Why did the judges pimp Lauren so aggressively? Did such pimping tactics backfire (as they often do), galvanizing Scotty's ardent and undoubtedly agered fanbase to speed-dial for him all night? And most importantly...is James Durbin performing with Judas Priest tonight? Because we NEED some excitement up in here.
Today, we debate all this and more. Check out our convo below--and be sure to join in by posting your comments before tonight's big event!