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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But after a night filled with performances from Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Bono, host Ryan Seacrest
finally gave the results, and it was Scotty who was showered with confetti at the Nokia Theatre. He was a gracious victor. "It's been a year since Lauren Alaina and I tried out," Scotty said. "Me and her have been together since Day 1, and we're going to stay together."Scotty ended the show with "I Love You This Big," his first single. He stopped singing multiple times to hug his family and couldn't stop himself from laughing. As the song ended, he collapsed on the floor, where all Top 13 finalists crowded around him, and Lauren kissed him several times on the cheek."Never in my wildest dreams..." Scotty said when asked how he felt. "I have to thank the Lord first. He got me here."Do you think America got it right?