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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.
Originally posted 05/26/2011 09:45AM
It was an American Idol finale for the record books: Steven Tyler sang "Dream On," Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony shared a dance and a kiss on stage, country legends Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood wowed, James Durbin got his happy metal ending with Judas Priest, Tom Jones showed the men of the top 13 how it's done and Haley Reinhart even sang a snazzy version of "Steppin' Out with My Baby" with Tony Bennett.
But the night belonged to Scotty McCreery, who took home the Idol crown.
"It was just a moment I will never forget," said McCreery, 17, of his win. "This was all about me being able to accomplish my dreams. I'm an American Idol. That was a huge dream. It's time for me to start my career. The real work begins."
Originally posted 05/26/2011 08:25AM
Arriving on the red carpet for the American Idol season finale on Wednesday, finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina had a chance to look back at season 10 – and their friendship with each other.
"Every day's been a special moment with Lauren," said McCreery, 17. "I met her day one of Hollywood Week. We were in groups in Vegas, and she's my classmate out here in L.A. We've been together a whole lot. We talk about a lot of things. We've had a lot of special moments."
"I've been waiting a long time for this night to be here," added Alaina, 16. "Tonight's going to be awesome."
Originally posted 05/25/2011 10:20PM
After Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina performed three songs each on the first night of the American Idol finale on Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez summed up the competition: "It's a tight race," she said. "America has their job cut out for them."
Now that job is done. The votes – 122 million of them, a new Idol record – are in and after a star-studded spectacular, host Ryan Seacrest announced the season 10 winner.
Keep reading to find out if Scotty or Lauren was named the new American Idol ...
Originally posted 05/25/2011 06:00PM
Saying a little prayer and receiving a steroid dose from a doctor worked wonders for Lauren Alaina, who managed to compete against Scotty McCreery on Tuesday's American Idol despite a bruised vocal chord.
"I knew somehow God would get me through it," she said at a press conference afterward, writing her words, which were then read by McCreery, on a notepad.
Nevertheless, McCreery was impressed by his rival. "I was ready to cry when she was singing," he said after the show.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 11:30AM
The final two performed three songs each – who has the winning edge? Vote!
Originally posted 05/24/2011 09:40PM
At the start of the final showdown at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, Ryan Seacrest described the faceoff between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina as "the boy-next-door versus the Southern belle."
Lauren, unfortunately, had also been doing battle with her own voice – or, more accurately, her voice had been doing battle with her.
During rehearsal she'd blown out a vocal cord. A doctor in black scrubs – wouldn't that cheer you up in the ER? – came out and explained that she'd been treated and would do "great."
Said Lauren: "I'm here, I'm ready to sing, and I'm fine. Don't worry about it."
She said this with a brave smile that was actually not all that reassuring.
Originally posted 05/24/2011 08:05PM
The drama and suspense for the American Idol finale started early Tuesday.
Lauren Alaina, 16, lost her voice and couldn't finish rehearsals, prompting producers to bring in third-place finisher Haley Reinhart as a possible last-minute replacement.
But after resting her voice, Alaina felt ready to compete in the teen showdown against 17-year-old Scotty McCreery.
"I'm here, I'm ready to sing. I'm fine, don't worry about it," she said on stage in a hoarse voice.
Originally posted 05/24/2011 02:00PM
Forget song choice – American Idol finalist Scotty McCreery has a much bigger decision to make ahead of Tuesday's big performance show.
"Every time I look in the mirror, I'm going, 'Should I [cut my hair]? Should I not?' " McCreery said at a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday.
The dilemma stems from last week's show, when judge Jennifer Lopez requested that the former grocery store clerk go back to the buzz cut he sported in his audition.
"If J.Lo cuts it, I might," McCreery, 17, said. "How many chances do you have to let the most beautiful woman in the world cut your hair?"
Originally posted 05/19/2011 09:30PM
It's finale time!
Thursday night, American Idol's top three contestants – Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart – faced the last elimination before next week's big finale, where one will be named the season 10 champ.
Keep reading to find out who will compete and who was thisclose to the big night but didn't make it.
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