Scotty McCreery named by TheImproper as the the odds-on favorite to be crowned the next “American Idol,” did just that tonight (May 25), besting Lauren Alaina in a dramatic finale to Season 10 of the hit Fox show.
McCreery, 17, has a unique baritone voice and a solid country music sound, and could go on to be one of the more successful contestants since Carrie Underwood won the competition.
Leading up to the announcement, a slew of top stars sang on the show.
Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Judas Priest and Underwood all made appearances. Alaina sang with Underwood, her idol. Durbin performed with Priest.
“It’s been a year since me and Lauren Alaina tried out now,” McCreery said after being crowned. “Me and her have been together since day one and we’re going to stay together.”
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Fox said more than 122 million votes were cast for the finale, setting a new Idol record.
Female contestants had a tough time on this year’s Idol, with the majority getting voted out in the early rounds.
But Alaina made it a contest by injecting some last-minute drama into the show Tuesday.
She strained her vocal chord and lost her voice the day before the live show, but recovered enough to belt out “Like My Mother Does.”
Both McCreery and Alaina had the show’s southern bias in their favor.
Since the show’s was launched in 2002, six of the nine Idol winners, including its first five, have come from southern states.
In addition, semi-finalists Pickler, Clay Aiken and Chris Daughtry are all from North Carolina, which happens to be McCreery’s home state.
Alaina hails from Chattanooga, Tenn., and went to high school in Rossville, Ga., where the mayor proclaimed “Lauren Alaina Day” when she visited.
The fact is the show is more popular in the south than any other region of the country. Southern household audiences are 10 percent to 15 percent larger than other areas.
As a result the show has produced winners like Taylor Hicks, who fell flat after being named “American Idol.”
“People in the South have a lot of pride … So, they’re adamant about supporting the contestants who do well from their state or region,” Hicks told MSNBC after winning.
The final contestants are the youngest in Idol history. Check out Scotty below: