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Originally posted 12/13/2012 06:00AM
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Originally posted 07/20/2012 07:00PM
What do Justin Bieber, Scotty McCreery and Demi Lovato have in common – aside from the fact they're all nominated at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards?
They're all under the legal drinking age of 21.
In the spirit of Sunday's awards show, which airs live on Fox at 8 p.m. (EST), PEOPLE.com has a cocktail (ahem, mocktail) recipe you can serve up your teens, too, as you root on Bieber, 18, McCreery, 18, Lovato, 19, and all the other talented kids.
Originally posted 06/10/2012 10:45AM
He was just lending his hand to a worthy cause.
But country star David Nail left Saturday's City of Hope celebrity softball game, which raises money for the cancer institute, with a broken finger.
"Gonna be one handed for a while!" he Tweeted post-game, following a trip to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center – he thanked the "Vandy ER" in his Tweet – where the singer-guitarist's right hand was treated.
He added, "Thanks for the concern, this is a lesson to not play like you're 18 when you're 33! Fingers crossed for no nerve damage."
Originally posted 06/08/2012 10:30AM
American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery can add another title to his credentials – high school graduate.
McCreery, 18, graduated from North Carolina's Garner Magnet High School Thursday, walking across the stage with his 400 or so classmates in Raleigh, N.C., to collect his diploma.
The singer had flown in from Nashville to attend the ceremony, after taking home the trophy for breakthrough video of the year at the CMT Awards the night before.
Originally posted 05/23/2012 02:45PM
It's almost over!
Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips had already come a long way before having to perform three songs each on American Idol's final night of competition Tuesday.
After the show, they spoke together with reporters about taking the stage on a night with the highest stakes yet.
"We feel like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders," Jessica said. "Tomorrow is the last episode of the season and we are just really relieved."
Originally posted 04/01/2012 03:30PM
He won the 10th season of American Idol and released a Platinum-selling debut album, but there's one accomplishment Scotty McCreery has yet to achieve: graduating high school. The country star is walking with his classmates this June, and doesn't expect his education to end there.
"I'll be going to college in the fall," McCreery told PEOPLE this week. "We're gonna work classes around [and] head out on the weekends on the road or something. We're gonna work it out."
The Idol alum has spent his senior year of high school on the road part-time opening for Brad Paisley along with The Band Perry, but he looks forward to this new juggling act: "It's gonna be fun," says the Academy of Country Music nominee for new artist of the year.
Originally posted 11/04/2011 02:00PM
A lot has changed for Scotty McCreery in the six months since he won American Idol. But when he heads home to Garner, N.C., for Christmas, it's what hasn't changed that he's most eager to revisit: candlelight Christmas Eve services at First Baptist Garner; mom Judy's sausage balls; red foil-wrapped presents under the tree; and quality time with his family.
"It'll be nice just being home," says the 18-year-old singer, whose debut album Clear As Day topped the Billboard 200 chart. "I can't wait."
McCreery's also looking forward to digging into the family's annual Christmas feast, including Grandma Paquita's flan, Grandma Janet's broccoli cornbread and his mom's banana pudding. ("She likes putting a lot of bananas in there," says McCreery, "so sometimes I have to sneak in a couple extra [Nilla] wafers.")
But the Idol champ says he isn't the only one who gets to indulge in his favorite foods during the holidays at the McCreery home.
"We don't eat too many cookies in my house," he says, "but Santa always leaves happy!"
Originally posted 09/02/2011 10:30AM
Since becoming the season 10 American Idol champ, 17-year-old Scotty McCreery has been on the road with his mom, Judy. Meanwhile, his dad, Mike, has been holding down the fort – and taking care of the McCreery family's dogs, Becky and Junior.
"I have two fou-fou dogs," McCreery tells PEOPLE. "I don't really know how to describe them. They're weird."
Originally posted 06/09/2011 09:30AM
Talk about all-stars: The Grand Ole Opry was chock-full of country's biggest names Tuesday night, including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Jimmy Dickens
The evening's two sold-out shows also brought a surprise visit from American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, who were introduced by none other than Underwood, Nashville's resident Idol superstar.
McCreery and Alaina, who co-presented at Wednesday night's CMT Awards, will make their official Opry debut Friday, six years to the day since Underwood's first performance on Nashville's most famous stage.
Originally posted 05/26/2011 04:45PM
They say a kiss is just a kiss but was it romantic, friendly or just congratulatory?
After Ryan Seacrest announced that Scotty McCreery was the winner of American Idol on Wednesday's finale, runner-up Lauren Alaina planted one on the country heartthrob.
Are they an item? "Oh no," McCreery, 17, said during a conference call on Thursday. "We've been getting that question all morning. Me and her – it's a brother-and-sister relationship."
As for the kiss, McCreery knew Alaina, 16, was going to do it if he won.
"She told me before the show she was going to [kiss me]," he said. "It was kind of like a joke. She's a character."
The finalists – the youngest pair to compete in an Idol finale – have a lot more in common than both being country singers on the rise.
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