Despite blowing out one of her vocal cords, 16-year-old Lauren manages to conquer her illness to perform on May 24 to compete with Scotty for the winner title.
The final battle between Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery on "American Idol" has taken place on Tuesday, May 24. Lauren gave a scare that she might not be able to perform prior to the show due to her voice problems, but later a doctor said that "she's going to do great." The youngest contestant added, "I'm here, I'm ready to sing, and I'm fine, don't worry about it."
Scotty, who was so generous to let Lauren choose the singing order, performed first with his own choice, "Gone" by Montgomery Gentry. Lauren's choice for the first round was Carrie Underwood's "Flat On the Floor".
For the second round, Scotty sang "Check Yes or No" which was picked by George Strait. The song fitted him although he sounded a little bit sleepy. Lauren then showed up in a cupcake dress to deliver "Maybe It Was Memphis" which was picked by former "Idol" winner Underwood.
Before the last performances, Randy Jackson commented on the two finalists. He gave Scotty a "slight edge" for round one, and a slight edge to Lauren in round two. Jennifer Lopez agreed with him, but another judge Steven Tyler said he is in favor for Lauren because she's pretty.
In the third round, Scotty and Lauren performed their debut singles. While Scotty was delivering "I Love You This Big", a footage of him playing basketball was played in the background. Lauren made a tear-jerking performance with "Like My Mother Does". She got a little aid from host Ryan Seacrest to walk down the stairs and sing part of the song directly to her mother in the audience.
The judges once again were asked to pick the best performance in round three. Both Randy and Steven said Lauren won in the third round, while J.Lo refused to name a winner. The night was concluded with David Cook's performance of "Don't You (Forget About Me)".