Hours before the show started, Fox sent out a release boasting that 95 million votes for a non-finale had been cast for Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart.
Finally, Ryan Seacrest gathers Lauren, Scotty and Haley on stage for the big moment. Seacrest unravels the poll results by saying Scotty is the first person to make it to the finale. And the person to compete with him is Lauren.
With the announcement, Haley Reinhart and her fans are stunned when she was eliminated.
Scotty McCreery, 17, and Lauren Alaina, 16, will meet on the finals and one of them to be the next American Idol for 2011. With the praises Haley Reinhart received during her final performance on May 18, has not saved her to make it to the finals.
However, Reinhart, 20, has defied the odds on most occasions and outlasted several rounds of near eliminations, until her final exit this time.