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'American Idol' Finale: Which Big Stars Will Perform?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -– Which stars will be joining the finalists on Wednesday night's blowout American Idol finale, which will see either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina take home the title?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren will duet with her personal idol, Carrie Underwood, while Scotty will sing with Tim McGraw.

Beyonce will perform with the female finalists and James Durbin will take the stage with Judas Priest.  Haley Reinhart will get to sing with legendary jazz vocalist Tony Bennett, while Tom Jones will sing with the male finalists.

That's all in addition to the previously reported pairing of Jack Black with Casey Abrams, plus Lady Gaga and U2's Bono and The Edge.  There's still no word on whether Steven Tyler will sing, but word has it he's been rehearsing with an orchestra.  Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is also expected to take the stage, but with another artist or artists.

The two surviving members of '90s girl group TLC -- Chili and T-Boz -- will also appear.

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Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Both Ready to Win 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will be your new American Idol winner: Scotty Mccreery or Lauren Alaina? Both finalists will perform one last time on Tuesday night, about 24 hours before one of them succeeds Lee Dewyze as the new champion of the Fox competition.

Scotty, a 17-year-old aspiring country singer from Garner, N.C., never expected to be in this position. He says, "I didn't come into American Idol looking to win this thing. In my initial auditions I never even thought about it. I never even dreamed I'd make it past the arena. But now that I'm here it's just uh, I want it. I want to win it."

Scotty may want to win Idol, but he won't be upset with Lauren if she receives the most votes this week. He says, "We both tell each other at this point we've both won. So whoever wins Wednesday night it's just uh, it's going to be good times and no hard feelings, and it's a competition but we don't think about it like that."

Lauren, the 16-year-old from Rossville, Georgia, echoes that sentiment, saying she loves Scotty. She sounds like she could use a boost in confidence -- she says Randy Jackson has told her the the number-one thing she has to do is believe in herself. However, she adds, "I'm not always good at that."

Part one of the American Idol season finale airs Tuesday on Fox at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Pia Toscano's 'American Idol' Elimination; Sexism to Blame?

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Some are calling it the most shocking American Idol elimination ever, while other critics say Pia Toscano's departure from American Idol reveals the underlying sexism of voters on the most popular show on television.

The announcement came after a rollicking performance by Iggy Pop, in which he shed his shirt to belt out "Real Wild Child." As host Ryan Seacrest said Toscano's name, the crowd's enthusiasm disappeared. The audience shouted "no" while the judges looked stunned. Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, said she was angry and speechless. Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their "lack of passion was unforgivable."

Toscano, who was believed to be a finale shoe-in, was sent packing Thursday making her the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season.

"If you look at the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time," said Dalton Ross, editor at Entertainment Weekly. "If you look... the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time. With only two women left now, it looks like we're headed in that same direction."

Not since Jordin Sparks won four years ago has a female taken the Idol crown, and one theory is that young girls, who have bolstered the careers of pop stars ranging from the Beatles to Justin Bieber, may be casting the majority of votes ... and hormones rule.

"Why vote for a gorgeous glamorous girl who might feel like competition to them when they could vote for a wonderful gorgeous cute boy that they can have a crush on?" said psychologist Wendy Walsh.

Now only two women remain, Illinois native Haley Reinhart and Georgia native Lauren Alaina, putting the odds in favor of another male Idol.

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