ellen's thoughts
Well, America, here we are. It's been a long road, and we're finally down to our top two contestants. There's the easygoing teenage country singer with the heart of gold, and... I'm sorry I forgot which one I was talking about.

Last night, Lauren and Scotty both did an incredible job, and I think it's safe to say that they are both in it to win it. In fact, I think they both deserve to win it. What I'm trying to say is: no matter what happens tonight, I'll be disappointed.

I couldn't believe Lauren sprained her vocal chord and had to be cleared by a doctor to sing. The amount of pressure these kids are under is incredible. I had to be cleared by a doctor just to watch it.

I love how calm Scotty is. The whole night he seemed so relaxed. Lauren is relaxed as well, but she wears her emotions on her sleeve. I do that, too. Yesterday, I was kinda blue. Today, I'm gingham.

A lot of people think it's bad for the judges to say who they thought won, because then people vote for the other person thinking they need the votes. I don't know if that's really why someone wins "American Idol," but it's definitely why I wasn't Miss Louisiana of 1978.

Anyway, the voting is over so it's safe to say it -- I think Lauren pulled it out in the end. Either way, it's been an amazing season, and I'm glad I got to share it with y'all. I'll be watching with y'all tonight!

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