OK. Here’s the poop: According to People.com, "Lauren Alaina, 16, lost her voice and couldn’t finish rehearsals, prompting producers to bring in third-place finisher Haley Reinhart as a possible last-minute replacement."
The story added, "During the show, Dr. Shawn Nassari explained that Alaina ‘was really pushing her voice to get the maximum sound out" and in the process "blew out one of her vocal cords. Her vocal cords were really rough and sprained, kind of like a runner with a badly sprained ankle,’ the doctor said. ‘We gave her a lot of medicine.’ "
Come showtime Lauren went on and competed against Scotty McCreery, 17, for the ‘Idol’ crown.