American Idol 2011: The Final Two

Final Two: Scotty and Lauren

So the die has been cast, and the votes have determined the ultimate battle between the last two contestants standing for this coming Tuesday night.  Surprise. Not really.

This is going to be like an amateur boxing match between two singers with their future in the country music stratosphere.  No earth shaking performances will be revealed on stage between these two teenagers.

Don’t get me wrong.  I like both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.

However, it is not going to be a battle of different musical genres like it was with Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice.  That was a great Season 4, even though Simon Cowell had predicted Carrie the winner weeks before the final showdown.

So, will Steven Tyler’s proclamation back in January that Lauren Alaina was “the one” be revealed Wednesday night? If she does win, what future of individuality will she have to pursue her own musical dreams?  The winner of American Idol is not always a winner as the previous seasons have shown very clearly.

People may go into voting hysteria.  However, the millions of votes do not always translate into sales of singles, albums or downloads.

What would have been an exciting showdown would have been between Haley Reinhart and Scotty.  What would have been even better would have been Haley versus James Durbin.  That would have been a dream matchup like Ali versus Frazier in 1975.

Dreams are made and lost on American Idol.  Hopes are dashed and unfortunately, mediocrity rises to the top at times in the final analysis of life on this planet.

We should be happy that two nice Southern teenagers had a chance to find their dreams this season.  All the best to both Scotty and Lauren.  I am sure their home states of North Carolina and Georgia will be cheering them on this week.

G. D. Williams       © 2011

Boxing Tribute: Ali vs. Frazier

Scotty’s Audition

Scotty’s Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning

Lauren’s Audition

Lauren’s I Hope You Dance

James Durbin’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Haley Reinhart’s I Who Have Nothing

American Idol Net