McCreerians worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief. The Garner native's rendition of George Strait's "Cross My Heart" last night was more than enough to advance him to another week of competition.
'Idol' showcased movie songs this week, and Scotty McCreery opted for a love song from Strait's "Pure Country" instead of taking Jimmy Iovine's advice to branch out a little with "Everybody's Talkin'" from "Midnight Cowboy." But Scotty's fans are just fine with him keeping it pure country, thank you very much.
For tonight's show, Scotty and Lauren Alaina opened things with a nice duet of Lady Antebellum's "American Honey." Scotty looked cute, though there was a lot of bouncing and eyebrow action from the young crooner. He and Lauren sound really good together.
We also got to see the gang filming a Ford commercial with a zombie theme. Scotty, who was sporting a Garner High sweatshirt before makeup, was cast as one of the undead. He (along with James, Stefano, and Haley) raid a picnic attended by the other Idol contestants, but instead of feasting on human brains, the zombies just want to rock out in the Ford convertible.
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There was also a funny segment with director Rob Reiner giving the contestants a pep talk on the importance of music in movies, and encouraging them to one day transition into acting (did he not see that commercial?). They cut to a clip of Scotty saying, "I can do a little acting," but the head-shaking he was doing to illustrate "acting" looked more like a mild seizure to me (love you, Scotty!).
Reiner enjoyed his time with the Idol hopefuls: "I like being the oldest and baldest guy in the room. It's a big ego boost for me."
Also during the show, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean sang that song they sing (I'm sorry I don't know it), and Rihanna also sang a song (don't know that one either). They were all good.
In other Idol singing action, Casey and Haley did some jazz scat-singing on "Moanin'," which was good, and Jacob, Paul, Stefano and James sang a medley of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" and "Mrs. Robinson." I'm so sorry, Simon. And also Garfunkel. Any one of them singing those songs may have been fine, but those four men cannot harmonize. Am I wrong?
But enough fun and games, it's time for the bloodshed. Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone, and Paul McDonald were all in the bottom three. Ryan sent Haley to safety first, breaking the American Idol Girl Curse of 2011. The show's first male contestant of the season to be ousted was gangly, smiley Paul, who often draws comparisons to Rod Stewart. Fittingly, Jennifer Lopez requested he sing "Maggie May" for his farewell.
What's next: The seven remaining contestants perform again Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox, and another elimination show will air on Thursday. Thad will be back then!