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When asked if Alaina was concerned when 20-year-old former finalist Haley Reinhart of Wheeling, Ill., was brought in to rehearse in case Alaina couldn’t perform, she vehemently responded no.

“Going into tonight, Scotty definitely had an edge, and he may still have a slight edge,” Jackson said backstage before noting that Alaina was “the best tonight.”

The singer with the most viewer votes will be revealed Wednesday.

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AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report.

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