Thursday, May 26, 2011
Winner Scotty McCreery, left, hugs finalist Lauren Alaina as Jennifer Lopez hand him his trophy at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Scotty McCreery won the 2011 American Idol, in a record breaking 122 million viewers otes beating his competitor, Lauren Alaina. Scott McCreery is the fourth male in a row to win "Idol." The previous three are : Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen and David Cook.
This is how Scott auditioned in front of Jeniffer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.
To me Scott McCreery sounded like Rick Ashley, the popular 1990s singer with similar deep voice!!
"I never in my wildest dreams," said McCreery, a 17-year-old with a strikingly deep, old-soul voice that contrasts with his youth. "I've got to thank the Lord first … he got me here."
McCreery of Garner, N.C., and Alaina, 16, of Rossville, Ga., represent the first all-country finale and the youngest duo ever to compete on "Idol," which is in its 10th season.
The exuberant, big-voiced Alaina performed on Tuesday's final sing-off despite a vocal cord injury that needed medical treatment. She received raves from the judges, who said she won the night.
But the consistently popular McCreery, who'd never been at risk of elimination, claimed the title and a record contract.
The teenager seemed overwhelmed as he took the stage for a celebratory version of "I Love You This Big," halting to embrace his parents in the audience, Alaina and others. Then he playfully stuck his tongue out, trying to catch falling confetti.
His victory continued a recent pattern: He's the fourth male in a row to win the Fox TV contest, with 2007's Jordin Sparks, 17, the last female "Idol."
Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, two of the four female winners, have proved the winners with the most successful recording careers.
This season's vote total was more than three-quarters-of-a-billion, host Ryan Seacrest announced Wednesday. For Fox, it's affirmation there's still life in the series that's had a long ratings reign as No. 1 but has steadily dipped in weekly viewership and seen its audience age — something that makes advertisers balk.
Last year's season-ender, which included Simon Cowell's farewell, drew 24 million viewers. Through 2008, the winner's crowning routinely drew more than 30 million viewers.
McCreery commented backstage Tuesday on the loyalty of country fans, and they clearly gave the show a boost. Fox didn't announce the number of votes for the much lower-key contest between winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox in 2010.
In 2009, when winner Kris Allen and Adam Lambert duked it out, more than 100 million votes were cast.
This season, Fox dropped the minimum age for contestants to 15 — Alaina's age when she auditioned last year — which may also have brought fresh viewer interest.
The show remains a hot promotional platform, with Seacrest helping some of the visiting pop stars push either movies (Black's new "Kung Fu Panda 2") or a Las Vegas show (Gladys Knight). Lady Gaga, whose new album "Born this Way" is out this week, was another performer.
Other high-wattage stars who performed Wednesday at the Nokia Theatre included Beyonce and Tony Bennett.
McCreery and Tim McGraw sang "Live Like You Were Dying," while Underwood returned to "Idol" to pair with Alaina on "Before He Cheats."
Judge Jennifer Lopez — draped in a scanty outfit and shaking her famous booty — took the stage to dance while husband, Marc Anthony, sang, turning the night into a family affair.
All the best Scotty...