American Idol 2016: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Return for Special Duets

American Idol 2016: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Return for Special Duets

Was it just me, or was last night’s (Feb. 11) episode kind of depressing? Yeah, it was sad that five people were eliminated. But the real sadness came with the return of the Idols. Like, seriously . . . is this the first gig Fantasia has gotten since her Lifetime movie?!

Just kidding (kind of).

But not only that . . . I felt so old! I’m only 27, but when they kept reminiscing about the old days, I started wondering where my cane was. I can’t deny it though, it really was a fun trip down memory lane.

Watch All of the Special Duets

The Feb. 11 episode featured contestants singing duets with past Idol winners—Lauren Alaina being the exception, she was runner-up to Scotty McCreery.

Lauren Alaina, season 10

  1. MacKenzie Bourg
  2. Emily Brooke

Fantasia, season 3

  1. La’Porsha Renae
  2. Jordan Sasser

Nick Fradiani, season 14

  1. Gianna Isabella
  2. Thomas Stringfellow

Caleb Johnson, season 13

  1. James VIII
  2. Sonika Vaid

Scotty McCreery, season 10

  1. Jeneve Mitchell
  2. Jenna Renae

Ruben Studdard, season 2

  1. Stephany Negrete
  2. Avalon Young

My Pick of the Night – MacKenzie Bourg & Lauren Alaina

Last week I chose MacKenzie Bourg to win it all, and this week he sang a country song. I about lost my mind with excitement! He teamed up with Idol alum Lauren Alaina to sing Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”, and it was magical.

While it wasn’t his best performance ever, it was still MacKenzie singing country music and I was on board. However, no one was as “on board” with MacKenzie as much as Lauren Alaina! She was so smitten, she could hardly hold it together! But it was adorable—I mean obviously, it’s Lauren Alaina!

Side note: Have you seen her web series Sealed With a Kiss?! Do yourself a favor and watch it. You’re welcome.

Eliminated on Feb. 11

  1. Emily Brooke
  2. Jordan Sasser
  3. Stephany Negrete
  4. Jenna Ranae
  5. James Dawson VIII

Still In the Game

  1. MacKenzie Bourg
  2. Gianna Isabella
  3. La’Porsha Ranae
  4. Sonika Vaid
  5. Avalon Young
  6. Thomas Stringfellow
  7. Jeneve Rose Mitchell
    (the dancing queen and only country artist in the first set of 12—love that girl!)


elaina-d-smith-twitter-avatar-2016Elaina Doré Smith is a “fun-sized pop culture junkie” and co-host of the Nash Nights Live nightly radio show heard coast to coast on over 110 stations!

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Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett is ready to hit the road and Bring The Bar To You in 2022!

Starting in June, Thomas will kick-off his Bring The Bar To You tour with back to back shows in Gilford, New Hampshire with openers Parker McCollum and Conner Smith.

After going through the last two years, Thomas says, “I’ll never take for granted being able to come see y’all and I’m so fired up to play some of these new ones that were made with these nights in mind. I have a feeling things are going to get loud – I’m counting down the days already!”

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