What a difference a year makes.
As soon as Scotty McCreery was named the Season 10 winner of American Idol, his mind shot back to where he was the last time a winner was named.
"I was watching the show last year and it didn't even cross my mind that this could even happen," McCreery told reporters backstage hours after winning the title Wednesday night. "I think I've changed as a performer and as a singer. ... It's amazing what American Idol has helped me do."
American Idol finale: And the Season 10 winner is...
Until host Ryan Seacrest actually read his name, the 17-year-old North Carolina native said he thought Lauren Alaina had won after...
After an American Idol season that was at times shockingly unpredictable and at other times maddeningly obvious, the (more than 122 million) votes are in: We have a new champion. But the overstuffed finale, of course, offered up a number of musical distractions before the first bit of confetti rained down inside the Nokia Theatre.
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Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley
So You Think You Can Dance is back Thursday (8/7c on Fox) with a few changes this season, including less All-Star action and more "amateurs," executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says.
"What I wanted to try and do this year was to please everybody," he explains. In Season 8, the show will return to the Top 20 finalists format, but introduce the All-Stars partners once...
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery
[WARNING: The following story reveals the winner of American Idol's 10th season. Read at your own risk.]
Following a record-shattering number of votes, American Idol's Season 10 champion has been crowned.
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More than 122 million votes — the most in the show's history — were cast for Idol finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, according to Fox.
While many considered country crooner Scotty the odds-on favorite (52 percent of the more than 4,600 TVGuide.com users who voted in our poll predicted he would win), Lauren gained momentum and perhaps more than few sympathy votes after her finale performance. She sang well despite reportedly having strained her vocal chords and won high praise from the judges, who suggested she might have a slight edge over Scotty...
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Following suit, just because we have no business offering treatment options doesn't mean we won't. Coping starts here with 10 easy tips to overcoming Oprah withdrawal...
Dancing With the Stars
Dancing with the Stars averaged 20.97 million viewers over its two-hour finale, wrapping up its best ratings season ever. All told, it was up 15 percent in viewership and 18 percent in the demo over last year's season-ender (a record low for the franchise's finales).
Ioan Gruffudd and Sarah Michelle Gellar
Why did Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar choose to return to TV with Ringer? To honor her fans.
"I have the most incredible fan base and I also had the most incredible show," she told TVGuide.com at the CW's recent upfront in New York. "You don't repeat history, but you also want to honor that and my fans are smart and like evocative television and with this all the pieces fell into place."