‘American Idol’ Power List: Scotty And Lauren Are Both In It To Win It

The one lesson to take away from American Idol Season 10: Americans like country music and teenagers. Now that Haley Reinhart is out of the competition (bye, Haley, we await your debut album) Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are the last two contestants standing. We’re sure many people are happy that after three years of young, white male rock-pop guitar-playing singers being crowned the champ, there’s finally some diversity in the finals, though not between the two contestants themselves — we’ve got one 16-year old Miley Cyrus-ish country-pop female, and a 17-year old Dubya look-a-like whose soul is pure country.

So who’s going to win? Let’s take a look at this week’s power list rankings and see which Southern star has the edge…

To recap: Scotty scored two additional points for this three great songs on Wednesday night, and Lauren nabbing just a single point for her one fantastic performance (and two ho-hum ones).

AMERICAN IDOL POWER LIST, WEEK #11 — TOP 2

1. Scotty McCreery (57, Last Week #1) 2. Lauren Alaina (33, Last week #3)

Scotty, who has hovered at the top of our weekly Power List since we started it, has 24 points on Lauren! Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams and Pia Toscano all had more points when they were voted off than Lauren has has now in the Top 2!

Sure, our Power List is subjective to our personal tastes here at Idolator, but it’s baffling to see consistent, unique singers being passed over for a girl who often chose the wrong songs or failed to show much range.

So why did America decide she was good enough for the finals? Does she have one extremely supportive fan base who texted their votes til they developed arthritis? Are country music fans loyal to country music performers regardless of quality? Were people enamored with the spunky gal they first saw during her initial audition (who then strangely disappeared over the course of the season)? Or are we totally delusional, and Lauren has been killing it week after week?

But more importantly — can Lauren still win? As we saw with Power List toppers Pia and James, voters aren’t necessarily swooned by whoever gives the best performance, but by the contestant they just plain like. And with three guys winning Idol the past three seasons, voters may just want a girl to finally win, no matter who she is.

To be fair, Lauren can be a fantastic singer, and does seem incredibly marketable. (A pop crossover country artist like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood is like a golden goose to a label.) But her performances have been nowhere near as consistent and emotionally resonant as other contestants’ performances have been — including Scotty, who hasn’t missed a note or given anything less than 100% since day one.

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