Scott McCreery Wins ‘American Idol’
The judges were wrong.
Scotty McCreery, the country crooner from North Carolina, beat Lauren Alaina, the 16 year old from Tennessee, to win the “American Idol” title.
According to Ryan Seacrest, host of “Idol,” there was a record setting 122 million votes cast.
McCreery said to Seacrest, never would I imagine this in my wildest dreams. First I need to thank the Lord. He’s the one who got me here.
Despite the fact that in recent weeks McCreery had become the frontrunner, the sentimental favorite and judges’ pick was Alaina, following her performance on Tuesday when she sang despite having a strained vocal cord.
The last woman “Idol” winner was Jordin Sparks in 2007.
Viewers had to endure over two hours of musical mash reuniting the 13 finalists in order to get the final results.
Aerosmith frontman and “Idol” judge Steven Tyler screamed through the song “Dream On.” The booty-licious shaking from fellow judge Jennifer Lopez was the only thing memorable from the performance with her husband Marc Anthony. Spider-Man was swinging overhead while the Edge and Bono performed. The night’s most theatrical moment came when Lady Gaga dived off the high scaffold along with one of the male dancers to close out “The Edge of Glory.”
The judges eccentricities were gently mocked and the finalists rivalries were parodied by the montage packages.
Although this was a gentler season in many ways, the producers of “Idol” couldn’t resist one last time showcasing the delusional performers from the audition rounds who got crushed.
Stars on hand to show the wannabes how things are done included Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, TLC, Lil Jon, Beyonce, Jack Black, Judas Priest and Tim McGraw.
McCreery needs to enjoy the limelight while he can. Lee DeWyze, last year’s “Idol” winner, didn’t even get an invitation to perform for this year’s finale. The memory of “American Idol” only runs a short while longer than one of their Ford Focus commercials.