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'Idol' Top 3 Results Recap

Posted by Sarah Rodman  May 19, 2011 08:30 PM

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And then there were two.

But before we got to that we sat through an extended ad for "Super 8," performances by Italian pop-classical crossover trio Il Volo, former Pussycat Doll, current "Sing-Off" judge, and future "X-Factor" co-host Nicole Scherzinger, and touching hometown visits for Haley, Lauren, and Scotty,

Also, in case you missed it, the final two shows will air next Tuesday and Wednesday as opposed to the normal Wed-Thu schedule. (Why, you might ask? The May sweeps period ends on Wednesday.)

And the person eliminated was....

...Haley Reinhart. And with that we have the long-predicted country showdown in the finale between Lauren and Scotty.

I have to say, Haley always had good chops, but she really grew on me throughout the competition. Although I remained annoyed at her overuse of the growl and the lean on the "sex appeal," she showed a lot of moxie in the face of confusing and often downright bad advice from the judges. Plus, she probably gave more memorable performances overall than either of her competitors put together. (I was entertained by them both, but in terms of those great breakthrough "moments" the judges were always talking about I'm not sure Lauren and Scotty had many of those.)

So what did you guys think? Did the right person go home? Did you tear up at the hometown visits? Did you cringe at the extended ad for "Super 8"? Can you believe Il Volo and Nicole Scherzinger with 50 Cent were the entertainment for the penultimate show? Did you miss the group sing? Did any of those 95 million votes come from you? Is there any conceivable way that Lauren could actually beat Scotty? Rant and/or rave about it here or come to the chat tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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