AJ is a floor director for HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade". She has been obsessed with this season of Idol, and takes notes to share with the Morning Express writers and producers. The opinions below are AJ’s alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the staff of "Morning Express with Robin Meade" or HLN. These are her impressions of last night:
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Haley stumbles, Lauren fumbles, and dads galore! Wow, last night had it all, huh? Our final three amigos (lets see how many "three" phrases we can fit in here) served up a piping hot trilogy each (again!) of songs for our hungry hungry ears. And honestly? I was pretty satisfied.
SCOTTY: The young collard green has definitely proven himself as the most consistent singer. Even Beyonce seemed impressed, although I had to throw an eye roll at her when she politely said she loved Lonestar. Yeah, okay. Scotty’s cover of their cheese-tastic hit "Amazed" was surprisingly mature and unaffected, save his persistent habit of looking quizzically into the camera. There’s nothing in there, boy! Equally good was his Thompson Square number, answering for women folk everywhere the uncomfortable question, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?" (a firm no, for legal purposes). However, when fettered by a guitar and a too-low mic stand, his usual stage maladies are concentrated in his jumping-bean eyebrows and twangy pronunciations (I like you ay-lott!). He closed out with Kenny Rogers' "She Believes in Me". You could bore a hole in that song and let the sap drip out. Ugh. It was an okay choice, but not as awesome as a reprise of Scotty’s now-signature audition song… sung by his dad. Loved it. Baby lock them doors!
LAUREN: Poor dear. With each passing week, Lauren seems to get more adorable and equally more unhinged. Kind of like her wardrobe, with gigantic flowers blooming from her ears and a Disney fantasy prom dress confection that seemed to really bother Randy. And her ripped pantyhose! What a trooper, that wardrobe woman deftly oiling up La Alaina's bare legs moments before showtime. Anyhoo, girlfriend definitely had her ups and downs. Her personal pick, Faith Hill's "Wild One" was rushed when it should have been energetic, and seemed a little sparse for her big, sweet voice. Jimmy Iovine, who has been hitting the country radio a little hard it seems, set her up with The Band Perry's hit "If I Die Young". I don’t think little glitter princess is gentle or nuanced enough to tackle the song. She blew a key change, and spent the rest of the number trying to atone by showing off. Aw. I kind of felt sorry for her, though I had to laugh when JLo called it a "moment of honesty", the most diplomatic term for mistake ever. She finally hit her stride with a decadent "I Hope You Dance", a perfect choice for her voice and her style.
HALEY: Tonight was her night. She set the bar high-and it remained unsurpassed-with an unexpectedly awesome cover of Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be". MVPs of this performance were definitely the stairs, which finally exacted their revenge by tripping her, if only for a moment, and her guitar-shredding dad. What a nice moment for her. The dad part, not the tripping. She continued the high with her Stevie Nicks impersonation, "Rhiannon", during which she had some intimate moments with a wind machine. She’s never looked better, and Randy must have been dozing off when he called the song "somber". Really? She never had any hope of pulling off Alanis' "You Oughta Know", though, and not only because of the naughty lyrics and basement-level verses that muted her voice. It comes down to this: when you think angry girl music, you definitely think Alanis. You never think Haley.
So there they were. Did you love it, Idol people? Do you wanna kiss Scotty or not? Is Lauren a wild one? Should you oughta know Haley? See what I did there? Help! The suspense, it's driving us crazy!