1. 5 Reasons Scotty McCreery Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lauren Alaina picked up some momentum during the final performance night on Tuesday, but the glitter won't be raining down on her during tonight's finale. Here are five reasons why Scotty McCreery is a lock to win: PHOTOS: Scotty McCreery's 'American Idol' Journey 1.…

  2. 5 Reasons Lauren Alaina Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM EDT So you say Scotty McCreery is a shoo-in to win "American Idol," eh? Not so fast. Lauren Alaina will pull off an upset tonight and become the first girl since 2007 to take home the crown. Here's why: Photos: Lauren Alaina's 'American Idol' Journey 1. She's…

  3. 'American Idol' Channels '90s Country

    May 25, 2011 12:05 PM EDT Last night's "American Idol" final showdown between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, ahead of tonight's revelation of the series' 10th-season champion , featured covers of two '90s country smashes. George Strait selected his own 1996 Country Songs No. 1 "…

  4. 'American Idol' Bounces Back with Smart Shake-Ups, Young Talent

    May 25, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two teen-age country charmers -- one overtly emotional, one ridiculously calm -- head into tonight's "American Idol" finale, closing out a year in which everything went right for everyone associated with the show. After slipping last year from its pedestal as America's…

  5. Lauren Alaina & Carrie Underwood to Duet on 'Idol' Finale, More Performance Spoilers

    May 25, 2011 9:25 AM EDT If part one of the "American Idol" finale left you a little underwhelmed, season 10's two-hour second act shows much more promise, if not for the duets alone. THR has learned of some very interesting pairings in store for tonight's show, airing live from L.A.'s Nokia…

  6. 'American Idol': Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery Fight to the Finish

    May 24, 2011 10:09 PM EDT The moment has finally arrived: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina faced off in tonight's final "American Idol" performance episode, and each brought their best effort despite vocal chord woes that reportedly almost sidelined Lauren from the competition. But like the trooper she…

  7. 'American Idol' Awards: The Best & Worst of Season 10

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season in the books. And what a season it was:…

  8. Carrie Underwood, George Strait to Choose 'Idol' Finale Songs

    May 24, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will add a little extra pressure from two of the biggest stars in country music: Season 4 "American Idol" champion Carrie Underwood and the legendary George Strait . According to published reports, Underwood and Strait have both selected songs that…

  9. Haley Reinhart To Premiere Debut Single on 'Idol' Finale?

    May 24, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Does Haley Reinhart already have a record deal? According to the "American Idol" Top 3 finalist's parents Harry and Patti, who are fast becoming a treasure trove of key information, she has already recorded a single and plans to debut it on the season 10 finale this Wednesday.…

  10. Update: U2's Bono, the Edge to Perform on 'American Idol' Season Finale

    May 23, 2011 7:35 PM EDT After winning the Top Touring Artist Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 22), U2 members Bono and the Edge are set to perform on the "American Idol" season 10 finale this Wednesday. An announcement posted on U2.com confirms that the bandmates will appear…

  11. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. READERS'…

  12. Haley Reinhart Plots 'Sultry, Bluesy Rock' Future After 'Idol'

    May 20, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Haley Reinhart is gone from the "American Idol" world -- but won't be forgotten any time, soon. "Everybody is such a great big family...and I knew I'd miss them. But then again, I'm gonna see them again today," the ousted singer from Wheeling, Ill., told …

  13. Scotty McCreery Wins 'Idol' Coin Toss, Defers to Lauren Alaina

    May 20, 2011 8:23 AM EDT It's down to the final two on "American Idol." Haley Reinhart was eliminated on Thursday night's show, meaning Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina will battle it out next week for the "Idol" crown. Haley Reinhart Eliminated on 'Idol,' Scotty McCreery to…

  14. Haley Reinhart Eliminated on 'Idol,' Scotty McCreery to Face Lauren Alaina in Finale

    May 19, 2011 11:45 PM EDT Get ready for an all-country music showdown on the "American Idol" season finale. Raspy-voiced hopeful Haley Reinhart was eliminated from the singing competition on Thursday night (May 19), leaving fresh-faced Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina to duke it out next week. Before…

  15. 'American Idol' Top 3 Visit Hometowns, Judges' Choice Songs Revealed

    May 15, 2011 11:25 AM EDT When it comes to "American Idol," the homestretch is homecoming week, a yearly tradition since season 1 and the moment for which every finalist pines. This year's trio -- Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart -- like 27 before them, had one whirlwind weekend as they…

  16. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition, Continued

    May 13, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

  17. James Durbin on 'Idol' Elimination: 'I Haven't Failed At All'

    May 13, 2011 2:38 PM EDT James Durbin's impressive run on "American Idol" ended last night (May 12) in a shocking elimination that left the rocker visibly upset. While Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina move on to the Top 3, Durbin, who had never entered the Bottom 2 during the show'…

  18. James Durbin Voted Off 'American Idol,' Enrique Iglesias, Jordin Sparks Perform

    May 12, 2011 10:41 PM EDT In "American Idol's" biggest shocker since Pia Toscano was eliminated five weeks ago, rocker James Durbin was sent packing on the elimination episode tonight (May 12). Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart remain and make up season 10's top three contestants.…

  19. 'American Idol': Lady Gaga Mentors the Top 4, Haley Gets 'Reinharted'

    May 12, 2011 1:17 AM EDT "You never know what to expect from Lady Gaga ." That was James Durbin -- tonight's opener and closer on "American Idol" top 4 performance night -- admitting that he was a little bit anxious before meeting the round two mentor, the Mother Monster herself. Gaga…

  20. Ask Billboard: Home Charts Edition

    May 06, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ASK BILLBOARD:…

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