“THIS…is American Idol,” host Ryan Seacrest announces weekly with a dramatic pause introducing the star-studded judges and young-gun contestants. Pinned as one of the most talented seasons ever, ‘American Idol’ season 10 has seen some of its highest ratings and greatest voter participation compared to past seasons. The remaining finalists are two teenagers from the South, with pure country voices that have justly brought them to the top. Lauren Alaina, of Georgia, is the youngest contestant to ever make it to the finals at 16 years old – she was a judge favorite since her Nashville audition where she even sang with Aerosmith front-man and judger, Steven Tyler ‘Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’ Lauren is going up against 17 year-old Soctty McCreery of North Carolina who’s deep voice is reminiscent of his true “idol” Elvis Presley and has helped bring him to the top. According to a Reuters article, Lauren has received nine times more searches in Yahoo! than Scotty, but Scotty seems to be winning the social media buzz scene with more Twitter followers and Facebook fans than Lauren.
‘American Idol’ judges, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will all be on hand Tuesday night to give each performer a critique (while predictably always positive praise) of the three songs that Lauren and Scotty will choose to sing, a piece. After America votes for their favorite singer tonight, the results will be announced on the second part of the finale, live from Nokia Theater on Wednesday, May 24, when either Lauren or Scotty gets crowned as the new ‘American Idol’ with a Universal Records contract. Watch a clip of Lauren and Scotty belt out ‘I Told You So,’ together in the top 11 show, which has also been sung as a duet between former ‘American Idol’ winner, Carrie Underwood and the famous country crooner, Randy Travis. Don’t miss the first part of ‘American Idol’ on FOX at 8pm Tuesday night, part of DISH Network programming. Visit authorized DISH Network retailer, DISH Systems, online to learn more about satellite TV packages or call 866-989-3474. Who do you predict will win ‘American Idol’ Lauren or Scotty? How do you plan on voting for your favorite – online, text, call from phone?