May 26th, 2011
12:14 PM ET
We have so been here before.
Cute, clean cut all-American guy drives the girls crazy and takes the "American Idol" championship. That's what happened Wednesday night when Scotty McCreery, a 17-year-old, deep-voiced, supermarket bagboy from Garner, North Carolina, won Season 10 of "American Idol."
Ever since he crooned "Baby, lock them doors and turn the lights down low" during his audition in Milwaukee, McCreery consistently had the support of fans and "Idol" judges who praised him every week.
Even the competitor he beat is a fan (though how much of a fan we will discuss later). "Scotty's my best friend and we went through this whole process together," runner-up Lauren Alaina told Us magazine. "I knew it in my heart and I'm just so proud of him and I'm proud I got second place to him, it's just unbelievable."
"Idol" has not had a female winner since Jordin Sparks in 2007 which has led some to question whether voters might have a problem with female contestants.
Instead, the past few years have seen humble, sweet, nice guys dominate the votes like Kris Allen in Season 8 and Lee DeWyze in Season 9.
And while being adorable can land you the top spot in "Idol," it doesn't seem to help as much on the charts. In fact, DeWyze's album has had such dismal sales that many believe it factored into why he wasn't even invited to perform in this year's finale, a common courtesy to past winners.
The L.A. Times said "Yes, the cute-white-boy winning streak continues. ( But it's hard to begrudge a sweet boy like Scotty a win."
The results came after a record breaking 122 million votes for the show. The result didn't appear to be a shocker to fans.
The site "Dial Idol" projected McCreery as the winner the morning of the finale and even Drudge Report had the headline "UN-COOL, UN-HIP, COUNTRY-FRIED SINGER WINS ‘AMERICAN IDOL’…" hours before the final vote was revealed.
The McCreery win even beat out another big finale on the same day: the ending of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" after 25 years.
Forbes reports that according to Trendrr "American Idol logged 445,771 mentions on Twitter, public Facebook sites, Miso and GetGlue" while "Oprah" only logged 104,499.
McCreery's image and popularity with the girls (click here to watch a group of them rush him after an "Idol" performance) lead "Idol" finalist Casey Abrams to dub him "the Justin Bieber of country music" to People.
Given "Idol's" track record of less than stellar-selling winners it remains to be seen if he can carve out a career even close to Bieber's. He has at least one strong fan in his corner: runner-up Alaina, who has called him her "best friend."
The pair raised some eyebrows at the finale when following his win, McCreery said the pair had been together since the beginning and would stay together. As he sang his first single as the winner, McCreery could be heard to say "Love you babe" as he hugged and kissed Alaina. She, in turn, later gave him multiple kisses on the cheek.
"Every day's been a special moment with Lauren," McCreery told People. "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."
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