Idoloonies: All-Girl Finale for Punching Bag Haley and 'Underdog' Lauren?

It seems like just yesterday we were watching Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, and Lee DeWyze visit their hometowns and duke it out for a place in the American Idol season 9 finale. But nope, that was then, and Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina, and Scotty McCreery are our now.

On this week’s episode of Idoloonies, Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle and I take a long, hard look at the Idol season as it approaches the point of confetti explosions, copious tears, and incredibly maudlin ballads. Why did the judges see fit to treat Haley like a steel piñata last week? (And what was Melinda’s surprising first thought when they did it?) How come no one ever bothered to tell James Durbin his “rocker jump/pyro blast” combo was getting old? Why was one of Scotty McCreery’s Top 4 performances a little like Old Yeller? What early foreshadowing from evil genius Nigel Lythgoe has played out in flawlessly scripted fashion over the last five months? And who will and should be the final two?

Melinda and I make our predictions and ponder all these questions in an action-packed three-part episode. Plus, there’s an impromptu “lesson” in the use of air quotes. So press play below, and for all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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