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Scotty McCreery is Beyonce's 'cutie pie' on 'American Idol'

Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery are making their hometown visits on "American Idol" -- he kisses the ground like he said he would. Eliminated finalist James Durbin got his own big welcome home. Unfortunately, unlike the others, he didn't get to come back.

Beyonce is going to help them pick one of their three songs. She calls them "unbelievable," then calls Scotty a "cutie pie." He's singing "Amazed." She's not sure about him going into the higher range. This could be interesting, a great choice for his base.

He's full-on emotin', got the eyebrows working, slouched out on the piano. You gotta laugh, he's so effectively earnest. The vocal performance is OK. Nothing stellar here and it feels like it goes on forever.

Steven Tyler thinks he keeps getting better. Jennifer Lopez like his vibrato; Randy Jackson liked the choice, says it was pitchy in spots but had a good ending. 


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