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Scott McCreery

'American Idol' recap: Five head home after 'Idol' reunion

'American Idol' recap: Five head home after 'Idol' reunion

It was old home week on “American Idol.” On Thursday night, six “Idol” alumni – Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, Season 3 winner Fantasia, Season 10 winner and runner-up Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson, and Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani – returned to the “Idol” stage to sing duets with the 12 members of the Top 24 whose fates hang in the balance this week.

It was an unabashedly self-congratulatory affair. “Can we take one second … to acknowledge [that] the amount of talent that has come through the ranks of ‘American Idol’ is overwhelming,” Harry Connick Jr. said at one...