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Lauren Alaina -- The Show Must Go On!

5/24/2011 5:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lauren Alaina will battle it out with Scotty McCreery for the "American Idol" title after all, after a doctor came on stage at the beginning of the show to say Lauren "blew out her vocal cords" but with a bunch of medicine he gave her "she'll do great."

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TMZ broke the story Lauren could not finish her rehearsal and the doctor froze her throat to save her voice.  Haley Reinhart was summoned to the set and ready to perform if Lauren couldn't.

The doctor compared Lauren's throat to a runner with a sprained ankle.

But the show just started live on the East coast and the Midwest and Lauren is there.  We'll let you know how she's doing.

UPDATE: Lauren has finished two songs ... so far, so good. Her voice hasn't cracked once during the entire show. In fact, according to the judges, her second song topped Scotty's.

UPDATE #2: Lauren just wrapped her last song for the night. Fair to say she wasn't 100% ... but the judges loved her. According to Steven Tyler, Lauren will win tomorrow ... "hands down."

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kissxoxo84    

Whew...thank God!!!

1185 days ago
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Roxanne Stones    

BOOO!!!

1185 days ago
3.

T    

what if she starts the show and Haley has to finish?

and please if Haley does get in don't let her sing Benny and the Jets again.....

1185 days ago
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Sandra     

Thanks TMZ for the update!!! Happy Lauren will be singing as I could not stand to hear more screaming from Haley!!

1185 days ago
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Observer999    

She did a fine job on the first song, good power, no obvious problems.

1185 days ago
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No comment    

Oh Harvey is Dorothy Lucey is feeding you this info. It is all a ploy to gain extra votes for Lauren. People have been complaining a woman has not won idol in several years.

1185 days ago
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masha    

2 words PITY VOTE. contrived drama. pity vote is the only way she has a chance to win this.

1185 days ago
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Observer999    

She just finished her second song (8:27 Eastern). Again, no issues. This was a quieter song, no need to blast it.

1185 days ago
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shelly    

she wont get a pity vote from me. i dont care if she lost her voice that just means i dont have to listen to her butcher anymore songs. hoping its true that haley is back but still saving all my votes for scotty

1185 days ago
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Bece    

Pity vote, ITA! lauren seems to a nice girl,can sing,but only a young 16yr old. Not good! FInish school lauren,come back next year or 2 years frm now!

haley is getting a bad wrap & getting bad songs to sing, she knows she is getting set up! U GO GIRL!
BUT NO MORE BENNIE N THE JETS PLEEEEZ!

IT IS SET UP ALREADY-SCOTTY FOR THE WIN!

1185 days ago
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billy cema    

The guy with a very, very limited vocal range is in The COUNTRY IDOL final.
The voting system is in dire need of repair. Too many ways to tamper with the votes. Too many southerners in the finals.
But then this has been going on for years!

1185 days ago
12.

Sonja    

Either one will be another Idol 'winner' we never hear about again after a couple of months.

1185 days ago
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GinaD.     

Hm, I wonder how many people will give her sympathy votes.

1185 days ago
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David     

She did not blow a vocal cord. That's ridiculous. She is singing as always. Seeking sympathy vote or media for extra votes.

1185 days ago
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gibbs    

TreeMileZune about a minute ago
TYPICAL FAKE SCRIPTED DRAMA MEANT TO BOOST RATINGS.
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I would have to agree with you on this.

1185 days ago
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