Last week on FOX's American Idol, past contestants returned to the stage to mentor those who are still in the running to be crowed the champion of the show's Farewell Season. As part of the mentorship, the Idol alumni performed duets with twelve of the Top 24. Included in those performances were two duets for each Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, Season 10's runner-up and winner.
Lauren Alaina and Emily Brooke:
Lauren Alaina kicked off the show by covering Carrie Underwood's "Flat On the Floor" with Emily Brooke, a 17-year-old from South Florida. Having already formed a bond over the last few years, the talented duo hit the stage with an obvious ease, ready to experience a once in a lifetime moment with one another. Ultimately, Brooke was cut at the end of the episode, but this young artist in no way fell flat on the floor. Instead, she bid adieu to Idol with an explosive bang.
Lauren Alaina and MacKenzie Bourg:
Alaina returned to the stage later in the evening to perform Lee Ann Womack's moving "I Hope You Dance" with MacKenzie Bourg. Admitting that she was rather smitten with the former The Voice contestant (Season 3 with Cassadee Pope), the two delivered a performance that made the audience blush. This showing was enough for the Idol judges, as Bourg was named as a Top 14 contestant and will be moving on to the next round.
Scotty McCreery and Jenna Renae:
Scotty McCreery also went home to American Idol this week, hoping to shine some light on the secret to winning the competition for a couple of hopefuls. First up was McCreery's performance with Jenna Renae, an upstate New York soulful country singer. The two were paired together to sing McCreery's "See You Tonight", turning the Top 10 solo single into a fun, interactive duet. However, the performance wasn't enough for Renae, as she was sent home at the close of the episode.
Scotty McCreery and Jeneve Rose Mitchell:
McCreery rounded out his night with a duet of Montgomery Gentry's "Gone" with Colorado native and self-proclaimed "mountain girl", Jeneve Rose Mitchell. The performance, labeled "bizarre" by Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., was indeed unconventional, but the panel of Idol judges deemed it worthy to advance Mitchell into the Top 14.
Tune into American Idol on Wednesday and Thursday nights to see if a country singer is crowned the final winner of the long-running competition show.