After 95 million votes on Wednesday night alone, 12 weeks of live performances, and copious amounts of nonsense from the mouths of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, the matchup for American Idol‘s Season 10 finale is set. Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will perform next Tuesday night for the chance to inherit Lee DeWyze’s crown and sash, leaving Haley Reinhart as Season 10’s third-place finisher.
Haley exited the Idol stage in explosive style, with a blistering encore cover of “Bennie in the Jets” that ended out in the audience with her fellow eliminated finalists, doing the “eyes on you” hand gesture, and declaring “That’s not the end of this! That’s not the end of this thing!” If I were had to sum up my feelings about the performance, I’d use these adjectives: Sublime. Sensational. Star-making. And as far as the evening as a whole: Pretty f******* depressing.
And now that you’ve got the scoop, I’m going to get working on my full episode recap — look for it to post overnight here at TVLine.com. Until then, how are you feeling about Haley’s ouster? Did you see it coming? What kind of future do you see her having in the music biz? Can you imagine buying her post-Idol music? And will you watch next week’s finale? Sound off in our poll below, then hit the comments; and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!