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

Robbie Daw | April 15, 2011 1:00 pm

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!


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.