Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 4:00 AM
On Tuesday’s final sing-off, (leading up to Wednesday’s big reveal), Lauren Alaina earned the decided edge over Scotty McCreery when, after her third number, Randy gave her the only standing ovation of the night, J. Lo commented “with that song you may have just won” and Steven Tyler‘s declared: “you are It in my eyes.”
It didn’t hurt that all three responded to a brand new song that milks the show’s family values to a historic degree. Alaina delivered “Like My Mother Does,” a gushy ode to genes and maternal caring that, predictably, reduced the singer’s own mom to a puddle.
It will also work to Lauren’s advantage that the demographics of this year’s voting body has ticked north, favoring older viewers, who are more likely to be moms themselves.
If that’s not enough, Lauren earned instant underdog status Tuesday by revealing at the top of the show that she blew out a vocal chord in rehearsals that afternoon. Which true heartland American would fail to fall for a comeback-from-adversity story like that?
Then again, the last few years have seen the disfavored singer pull from behind to win, including Lee DeWyze over Crystal Bowersox (who then outsold him on CD) and Kris Allen over Adam Lambert (who did the same, four fold).
In truth, the performances of both Lauren and Scotty probably went over big with their true believers. Like last week, they made their case in three rounds. The first featured their favorite song from the season. The second had them croon pieces chosen for them by their own idols, while the third saw them perform the song that will serve as their first single should they win.
Scotty revived his take on Montgomery Gentry‘s “Gone,” emphasizing showmanship over fuller emotion. Lauren chose the power ballad “Flat On The Floor,” which she bat out of the ballpark, showing equal parts physicality and feeling.
In round two, Scotty warbled “Check Yes or No,” a cut chosen by his deep-voiced role model George Strait. It’s a witty number but unfortunately the performance reiterated Scotty’s overwhelming debt to other singer’s styles.
Lauren had a more interesting dynamic with her mentor. Her song came via former A.I. winner Carrie Underwood, the star Lauren will most likely be compared to in the market place. Given this, might Underwood have been tempted to sabotage her potential competition? Apparently not. Carrie’s choice of Pam Tillis‘ “Maybe It Was Memphis” gave the young singer the ideal showcase for her mix of emotion and authority.
Round three also intrigued, doubling as a kind of warning. By featuring the singer’s first potential singles, it gave the audience its clearest indication of what we’ll be in for should they win. Mentor Jimmy Iovine tailored a perfect song for Scotty – “I Love You This Big,” whose scrupulously innocent lyric used the singer’s virginal character to his advantage. Still, it will be hard for such naivete to beat the sheer mom power in Lauren’s song – especially as delivered by a singer who battled back from the day’s adversity with such aplomb.
Lauren Alaina was born on November 8th, 1994 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Alaina
November 8th, 1994
11 + 8 +1+9+9+4 = 42 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Everybody loves Lauren Alaina.
November 8th, 1994
11 + 8 +2+0+1+0 = 22 = her personal year (from November 8th, 2010 to November 7th, 2011) = Lucky.
22 year + 5 (May) = 27 = her personal month (from May 8th, 2011 to June 7th, 2011) = Original. The first. Innovation. Trailblazer. Pioneer. Start. Begin. Groundbreaking. Take the initiative. Taking the first step. Get started. Getting started. Start it up. It’s a start. Turning over a new leaf. No harm in trying. Do what you will, but be the first. Brand new. Short-lived bursts of extreme enthusiasm. Overly enthusiastic. Acting out of character. Not being yourself.
27 month + 25 (25th of the month on Wednesday May 25th, 2011) = 52 = her personal day = Having to bite your tongue.