Lauren Alaina is the best cook in the Idol competition this season, but that isn’t why she should win Season 10. Lauren Alaina should win because she’s a damn fine female with a strong southern voice. She was the best thing to come out of Nashville this year, and it is easy to see why. When Lauren sings onstage, there is more unwavering passion in her performance than Scotty and Haley combined. On top of this, Lauren Alaina comes across as completely candid on the Idol stage. Unlike some of Idol's lesser candidates, the singing competition rounds are a chance to prove Lauren can be all serious business, not simply a font of blonde good intentions, although she has plenty of personality, too.

A combination of personality and sincerity are good traits to have in your back pocket, especially when singing against formidable competition and hoping to win audiences over and over again. Lauren Alaina may not always have the easiest time choosing her wardrobe and she may have had a couple of minor missteps along the way, but she’s never been in the bottom of people’s hearts. If there’s anything Lauren Alaina is, it’s ready. Ready to prove herself as a mature competitor. Ready to take home the Idol prize. Certainly ready to bring her own music to the cultural realm.

Tonight Faith Hill’s “She’s a Wild One” took Lauren back to her roots with a bit of flair she’d learned as a kid. She’s gone far since then. In past weeks Lauren Alaina has proved her pipes have more range than simple country melodies allow. She’s also proved she can sing as an adult woman rather than just some high school kid. Like Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year, Lauren Alaina just needs to let everything go and float it through her final performance. We’ll be watching, because we know the girl who can genuinely get excited about calling Ryan Seacrest “Peaches” has resonated with audiences more than a couple of cool cats with suave voices. Kid Rock might call her the real McCoy, New Kids On The Block might say she has the right stuff, or as folks of contend about country music artists, Lauren Alaina is the real deal.

Read Mack's argument for why Scotty McCreery should win HERE.

Read Kelly's argument for why Haley Reinhart should win HERE.

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