After being verbally flogged by Jimmy Iovine, Lauren came back with enough fire to secure a place in the Final 3. Were the judges right on Day 1 when they predicted that Lauren was "the one"? Our readers don't think so, as she falls to last place in our Power Rankings.
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"I voted for Lauren for the first time because I thought she was great in both performances tonight. She has come a long way." — purplekitten
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After the mass exodus of ladies during the first weeks of the finals, who would have ever considered that a two-woman finale is possible? Although dark horse Haley deserves a spot in the finale, she's not blowing Lauren away in our rankings. We think her best hope is that Lauren and Scotty split the county vote.
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"'I (Who Have Nothing)' was breathtaking. A second home run for Haley — two in two weeks. … Haley did a remarkable job, and deserved the adulation she received. … She may not have the fan base of the other three, but by golly, Haley is ready for a terrific career. I will definitely buy whatever she's selling." — maacam
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With nearly 50 percent of the vote, Scotty is the clear front-runner with our voters. Although he's lacked diversity, he's clearly had no problem getting votes this season. We don't expect that to change.
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"Scotty sang the first song well. But I didn't like the song choice. To me, he chose it as a cheap ploy to garner votes. He was what... 6 when 9/11 happened? Just didn't work for me." — earthgirl