Lauren Alaina Addresses 'Idol' Throat Injury to Press by Notepad


After performing last night with injured vocal chords, "American Idol" finalist Lauren Alaina wasn't taking any chances with her voice as she and competitor Scotty McCreery fielded questions from the press. Rather than risking her voice, Lauren, with the help of  Scotty, spoke to journalists via old-school pen and paper.

When asked about how they feel about their odds to win tonight, Lauren said (via Scott) that she felt that "being in the finale" with Scott makes her feel like she had "already won."

As far as the possibility of a post-"Idol" duet, Scotty said they've "talked about it a lot," adding "they'll see what the future holds."

Judge Steven Tyler says he didn't know about Lauren's vocal issue until right before the show, complimenting her for singing "her rear end off" despite the injury.

Fellow Judge Randy Jackson is glad she was able to "work her way through" her vocal problem to perform last night. He praised both Lauren and Scotty for "really stepping it up tonight" like "veteran performer[s]."

Watch the video to hear more from the "Idol" finalists and judges, and tune in to "American Idol" tonight on FOX to see who will win this season.