Scotty McCreery crowned the new American Idol

Scotty McCreery wins American Idol

Scotty McCreery wins American Idol

The 10th season of American Idol came to an end this week with the show’s first all-country finale between the two youngest contestants ever to compete.

Scotty McCreery, a 17-year-old with an incredibly deep soulful voice which defies his young age was up against exhuberant, big-voiced 16-year-old Lauren Aliana for the big prize: a record contract.

The win came as a shock to McCreery who explained: “Lauren Alaina just went out there and did her thing, especially that last song. I thought she took it there. It’s been a nerve-wracking day, I can tell you that much.”

Aliana had performed despite a vocal cord injury that needed medical treatment. The injury didn’t seem to hamper her performance as the judges declared she had won the night.

However, a record 122 million-plus viewers voted for McCreery instead. In fact, throughout the series, McCreery had been consistently popular and never at risk of elimination.

In reaction to the win, McCreery exclaimed: “It felt like a dream. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, and I don’t think
it will for a while. I’m on top of the world right now.”

His victory is in keeping with the past four seasons of American Idol: He’s the fourth male in a row to win the Fox TV contest.

Watch Scotty McCreery win here:

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