Reality Check: We Pick Who Will and Should Win Idol! Plus: The Great La'Porsha 'Stay With Me' Throwdown!

Welcome to the penultimate edition of Reality Check. But please, American Idol addicts, do not get out your Kleenex just yet — there is still work to be done.

On this week’s episode, my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I get bold and opinionated, declaring who we’d like to see win Idol‘s farewell season, who’s earned said victory and who’s actually most likely to take home the crown.

Of course, before we get down to the real nitty gritty (TM Loleatta Holloway), there’s one final (and very heated) debate to be had: Did front-runner La’Porsha Renae leave a door open for her rivals Trent Harmon and Dalton Rapattoni with a subpar rendition of Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay With Me”? And did her post-performance interview do more harm than good (or the other way around)?

You know this is a topic Melinda and I could debate like Lionel Richie — which is to say, all night long — but I swear we only kinda sorta let Part 1 (of 2) sink into this messerie.

Press PLAY above for Part 1 and below for Part 2 — then hit the comments with your thoughts/hopes/predictions for the Idol finale!