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."
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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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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...