‘American Idol’ Power List: James Durbin & Scotty McCreery Are Riding High

Apr 15th, 2011 // 8 Comments

Grab a kleenex and say good riddance—er, we mean farewell—to American Idol Season 10′s floral-friendly Nashville crooner Paul McDonald, who was voted off the show after tanking on movie night. His departure doesn’t really affect our weekly Idol Power List, though, since he was dead last on it last week. Head below to see how the remaining seven contestants ranked, post-Paul.

James Durbin (7 points) hit us with the best performance by far as the Idols tackled songs of the cinema. Following his thrashing performance of Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” (from the film of the same name), Scott McCreery (6) continued his hot streak with George Strait’s Pure Country tune “I Cross My Heart.” As we stated earlier this week, these two are looking like the ones to beat this season (though after Pia Toscano‘s way-too-early dismissal, anything is possible, it seems).

Stefano Langone (5) redeemed himself by finally tapping into some inner emotions when he sang Boyz II Men’s Boomerang ballad “End Of The Road.” Unfortunately for him, we had to dock him a point for landing in the Bottom Three last night.

Casey Abrams (4) was also good, while Lauren Alaina (3), Hayley Reinhart (2) and Jacob Lusk (1) gave ho-hum performances. And—sigh—sorry, Haley, but you lose a point too for winding up in the Bottom Three with Stefano and Paul McDonald.

Agree with how we have the remaining Idol hopefuls ranked below? Think we need to have our ears examined? Let us know!

AMERICAN IDOL POWER LIST, WEEK #6 — TOP 7

1. James Durbin (46, Last Week #1)
2. Scotty McCreery (40, Last Week #2)
3. Casey Abrams (32, Last Week #4)
4. Jacob Lusk (30, Last Week #4)
5. Lauren Alaina (29, Last Week #5)
6. Haley Reinhart (25, Last Week #6)
7. Stefano Langone (19, Last Week #7)

Check back every Friday to see how the contestants rise or fall in our power rankings! And, of course, we welcome debate in the comments.

  1. Alex

    I HATE SCOTTY MCCREERY SO MUCH!!!!!!! HORRIBLE,DISGUSTING,AWFUL.

  2. i love scotty McCreey

  3. I can not STAND Durbin, he is absolutely awful! Completely karaoke with the WORST TONE I have ever heard along with that insufferable Jacob Lusk!

    BOOT THEM OFF ALREADY!!!!!!!

    As for Scotty, he is freaking TONE DEAF!

  4. Dawn

    May I ask how you hate a 17 year old? some of you people are horrible and hate is a very strong word. You don’t even know him but you hate him? I can see not liking his music, but hating him is extreme

  5. MAY

    OH I AM WITH YOU! i CAN’T STAND HIM EITHER. THIS IS ALL MIDDLE AMERICA’S FAULT. HE CAN SING WELL ONLY IN THE LOWER REGISTERS AND STRUGGLES IF THE NOTES ARE HIGHER.

    HIS VOCAL RANGE IS LIMITED. BUT I WOULDN’T HAVE MINDED ALL THIS EXCEPT THAT HE IS TOO SMUG! I DON’T LIKE THE WAY HE HOLDS THE MIC. I DON’T LIKE THE WAY HE MOVES. AND I LOATHE THAT SMIRK!

    BUT ONE THING THOUGH, HE WILL WIN THE TITLE AND AMERICA WILL HAVE ALFRED E NEWMAN, THE ICON FOR MAD MAGAZINE.AS THE WINNER.

    YES SCOTTY MCCREEPY IS THE LOOKALIKE OF THE MAD MAGAZINE COVERBOY! i HOPE THE MAG WILL PUT HIM ON THE COVER ONCE HE WINS! YUCKKKKKK

  6. idolfans

    its really unfair, when every body show all they have, pushing hard to sing, hit the highest note as possible,,, while scotty and lauren just sing in their comport zone, come on people,,, why u still vote for scotty and lauren, they even didn’t have any memorable performance yet… but why they still get the the top 2 of american vote???

    look at other contestant that have left their strike at idol history:

    James : uprising, heavy metal, my guitar gently wiped and also saturday night
    (and the only one who sing judis priest song ever on idol)

    casey : nirvana song, the big bass that really show who is he as an artis..

    Jacob : god bless the child, house is not a home, and i belive i can fly (and also his rendition of you’re all need)

    haley : bennie and the jets (so SEXY), and her brave to sing “rolling in the deep” was just phenomenal (and i remember her duet with casey sing moaning, just show her ability in sing)

    even the “earlier leave” the show :
    stefano : if you dont know me by now (the best performance of the night) and also i personally like her rendition of boysIImen song
    Pia : the idol diva of the season, the first contestant who get the standing ovation with “i’ll stand by you”,

    pliss america, i really love this season, don’t make it anti climacs , when the karaoke singer like scooty or the amateur like lauren win the whole thing…. plis america…

  7. megan

    wtf is wrong with youuu! he’s so sexy!!!!

  8. mattie

    I cant stand scotty. he is so fake. Please no more jesus songs on idol. it was all a ploy to get votes. what a sham. he looks like mad magizine guy.

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