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Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart are Top 3 on 'American Idol'

by jmaloni
Fri, May 13th 2011 02:45 pm

James Durbin is eliminated from the competition 

Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart are this season's "American Idol" Top 3 finalists. James Durbin was eliminated on Thursday's show after he received the fewest of America's almost 72 million votes. On Wednesday's performance show, the Top 4 performed two songs: one inspirational song and one from the renowned American songwriting and producing duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Durbin, 22, from Santa Cruz, Calif., sang "Don't Stop Believein'" and "Love Potion No. 9."

Thursday's episode also featured the world premiere of the video for "American Idol" judge and rock-and-roll legend Steven Tyler's first U.S. solo single, "(It) Feels So Good," as well as a performance by season six winner Jordin Sparks.

On Wednesday, May 18 (8-9:30 p.m. ET live), the Top 3 return to the "American Idol" stage to perform three songs - one selected by the judges, one selected by in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine and one individual choice. In addition, viewers will get a peek at the extraordinary trips the Top 3 took when they visited their hometowns.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, May 19 (8 p.m. ET live/), to the live results show to find out which two finalists will face off in the finale. In addition, catch Italian trio Il Volo performing "O Sole Mio," as well as Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent entertaining the crowd with a performance of "Right There."

The two-night "American Idol" season 10 finale airs on two nights. The final performance show is Tuesday, May 24 (8 p.m. ET live) and the thrilling final results show is Wednesday, May 25 (8-10:07 p.m. ET live), on FOX.

Also, host Ryan Seacrest announced additional audition cities and dates for "American Idol" season 11, including San Diego on Friday, July 8; Pittsburgh on Friday, July 15; and Houston on Friday, Aug. 26. Previously announced dates include St. Louis on Tuesday, June 28; Portland, Ore., on Saturday, July 2; and Charleston, S.C., on Friday, July 22. More details to be announced.

Fans can view the official profiles for each of the finalists atwww.americanidol.com/contestants, keep up with the latest "American Idol" news on the show's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americanidol or check out the official "American Idol" Twitter for the scoop straight from the set (@americanidol).

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