Scotty McCreary and Lauren Alaina Scotty McCreary and Lauren Alaina

Lauren Alaina, runner-up to Scotty McCreery on American Idol, says she's better than him at one thing. "I'm really athletic. I can throw a football farther than Scotty can," she tells

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While the 16-year-old singer says she and McCreery are close, she denies all romantic rumors. "Unfortunately, I'm not dating Scotty," she says. "We're not attracted to each other. We went through this life-changing experience together and learned so much and we're become such great friends but other than that, no."

In the interview below, Alaina tells us about the advice she got from Carrie Underwood and what her plans are after the Idol tour.