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Martina McBride and Lauren Alaina Sing Duet of Anyway [Video]

Well if you listen to WBKR at all you know that I, Moon Mullins, am a BIG fan of Martina McBride. This morning, much to my great glee, I found a video of Martina and Lauren Alaina from American Idol performing Martina's hit "Anyway"

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
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Scotty McCreery Close But Not Close Enough

For Scotty McCreery, it was close, but not close enough.

The 'American Idol' season 10 winner's debut single, 'I Love You This Big,' failed to crack the top 10 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, instead coming in at number 11.

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Idol Worship Crowns Scotty McCreery

After a record-setting 122.4 million votes, it was young country singer Scotty McCreery who was named the winner of 'American Idol' season 10.

The 17-year-old from Garner, NC, beat out young country singer 16-year-old Lauren Alaina to become the youngest 'American Idol' winner ever. He's also the fourth-consecutive male to win the reality-competition series, following David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze. (The last female to win 'American Idol' was Jordin Sparks, in 2007.)

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Lauren & Scotty w/ Idol Creator Simon Fuller (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Lauren & Scotty w/ Idol Creator Simon Fuller (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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American Idol: Lauren Vs. Scotty

Tonight is the 10th season finale of American Idol and one thing is for sure . . . we're going to have a country star taking the title!  Last night in the finale, my pre-season pick, Lauren Alaina, squared off against America's boy next door, Scotty McCreery!  According to Idol's Facebook fan poll (posted BEFORE the show yesterday), Scotty was the winner by a country mile!  But, last night, most agree that Lauren had the better night!  So, what does our Idol expert Steve Thompson think?  Who will be crowned our next American Idol tonight at the big finale?

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Mercury Records to Release New Music by Scotty and Alaina Tonight

Want some new music from Scotty and Lauren? Nashville's Mercury Records will release songs by both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina this Thursday. Scotty's is called Love You This Big. We are told it doesn't sound like Josh Tur

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Haley Bows Out (Photo by Lyle A. Waisman/Getty Images)
Haley Bows Out (Photo by Lyle A. Waisman/Getty Images)
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The American Idol FINALE Is Set!

For the first time in American Idol history, the final will be an all-country affair!  Last night, Haley Reinhart was sent packing and paved the way for a showdown between Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery!  So, who is the Idol going to be?  As Randy Jackson said all season long, who has truly been "in it to win it?"  I chatted with our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, this morning and chatted about Haley's departure and who has the best chance to being crowd America's Idol.  To listen to the complete review and interview, click  . . .

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Lauren GUNS for the FINALE! (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
Lauren GUNS for the FINALE! (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
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Idol Top Three: Sneak Peak!

We're down to three contestants on Season 10 of American Idol and, Wednesday night, Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will be gunning for the finale!  To get there, each will have to sing three different songs to earn your votes.  According to our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, one song will be chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine, one will be selected by the contestants themselves and the third will be chosen by the judges!  I decided to dig around the internet and see if I could find some spoilers and . . .  guess what?  I FOUND SOME SPOILERS!!!

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images
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American Idol – 3 Remain

What a 10th season on American Idol! It's surely had it's share of up and downs and shocking eliminations, one of the contestants that I was sure to be in the top 3 Pia Toscano was voted off well before her time and this past week James Durbin another person who I thought would be in the finale

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WE DEMAND A RECOUNT!! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WE DEMAND A RECOUNT!! (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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American Idol Shocker!!

At least once or twice each American Idol season, I want to pick up something heavy and hurl it toward my television.  That already happened once this season when Pia Toscano was voted off the show WAY too early!  Last night, it happened again!!  James Durbin, who I fully expected to make the final and even win this season of Idol, was voted off the show . . . leaving Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Hayley Reinhart to battle for the title.  Our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, reviews last night's SHOCKER and looks ahead to next week's FINAL THREE!

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ANOTHER Open Letter to Lauren Alaina

Dear Lauren Alaina,

Chad Benefield here again from WBKR in Owensboro, KY.  I am writing to you today to tell you that I have just about had enough and am ready to break up with you.  I wrote to you a few weeks ago when it appeared that your nerves were holding you back on American Idol.  In my initial letter to you I said that I truly believe that you have the perfect combination of personality and voice that's needed to win the show.  But I urged you (in the friendliest of manners) to step up the singing, go for bigger notes and just lay a song out for us once and for all (like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood would have).  After all, American Idol is a singing contest and, to win, you've gotta sing.  Now, I don't mean to sound like Ike Turner, but, Tina .  . I mean, Lauren . . . you have to sing!  Rougher!!  Harder!!  You better sing, Tina!

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Jacob Bows Out Of IDOL! (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Jacob Bows Out Of IDOL! (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Idol’s Final Four

If you tuned into American Idol last night, you saw Lauren Alaina narrowly escape elimination and a mental breakdown!  Country's aspiring sweetheart let her nerves keep her from making all the right moves and hitting all the right notes in "Unchained Melody" on Wednesday night and she nearly paid the price for it on Thursday night.  But Lauren lives to see another day, but Jacob will not.  Idol's resident gospel/r&b crooner is gone.  So, what's in store for the final four?  Let's check in with our Idol expert, Steve Thompson!

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Take The Sharpie To Casey And ??? (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Take The Sharpie To Casey And ??? (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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American Idol Review: The Top Five!

With five contestants left on American Idol, the stakes are raised!  And, last night, each contestant had to take on two songs . . . one from NOW and another from THEN!  For me, the performance of the night belong to James Durbin.  I thought his performance of "Without You" was powerful and moving.  Any rocker who cries while he sings earns my vote.  Okay, correction.  He earns my 52 votes.  (I think I sprained my text finger last night.  LOL!)  But what does our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, think about the show and who its star was?

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