You have your champion 'American Idol' fans
May 25th, 2011
10:15 PM ET

You have your champion 'American Idol' fans

And we are done with Season 10 of "American Idol."

It's been a good ride, with some ups and downs and a few shockers along the way.

Plenty of people predicted a Simon Cowell-less "American Idol" would sink, but the ratings went up as did the voting tallies.

Now we have our winner: 17-year-old Scotty McCreery.

So what do you think? Shocked, angry or ambivalent? Do you think Scotty will go far or is he destined to go the way of some of the less successful "Idol" winners?

I'd like to thank you (trolls and all) for joining me this season as we enjoyed some performances, skewered some others and predicted who would be sent packing. I can't wait to read your comments - so sound off!

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  4. Liana Hammerstone

    Thank you for your incredibly kind words and support! Cheers!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. crispin

    I can say that we must not underestimate Scotty McCreery, maybe someday he can be as good as the best singers in the music industry and he will sung a song that will be included in the best country songs. you have a nice topic in you blog keep it up .

    June 9, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Former AI Fan

    I am 61 years old. Vietnam era. Music revolutionized our country back then. Not the same old cookie cutter music but original songs and artists who are still going strong, ex: Steven Tyler, McCartney, Cher. Scotty and Lauren are not well rounded original artists. One style performers (Country) and should not have been chosen over originality, ex: Casey, James, Haley. Sorry to offend anyone but I only spend my money on good music and, by the way, listen to GAGA..yes, she is weird but extremely talented and needs the shock and awe to compete with the untalented teeney boopers, like Beiber.

    May 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. will

    It was well- deserved. This kid has an INCREDIBLE VOICE! Only SEVENTEEN? unbelievable. What an incredible human being........

    May 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Idolmaker

    KARA: Scotty the total package?? What?? How old/young are you...12? He is a one trick pony (translation: he can only do low-bass country songs). This forum must all be kids under 13!! Because there is not one poster in touch with the real world of music. Just ask 2009 winner Kris Allen who now plays Toad Suck Days annual festival and various benefit concerts in his home state of Arkansas. True

    May 27, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. IdolMaker

    Well what a fitting ending for the absolute WORST season on the 10yr history of this dead show. A 17yr old country bumpkin that sounds like a 56yr old bass singer in a white gospel/country vocal group wins. Pathetic. Let's sum this season up shall we? First of all every single top ten contestant with maybe, just maybe the exception of Pia, couldn't hold a candle to any of the top 5 in the past 9 seasons. Name one singer as good as Daughtry; David Cooke; David Archuleta; the Pickler; Carey U; Mr happy boy Adam Lambert; Kat McPhee; Kelly Clarkson; Ruben...the list goes on and on people! This year was horrible and the nail in the coffin. And the judges!! Steven Tyler: awesome singer – person, but come on every singer "beautiful man"??? NO!! J-Lo: love looking at you but once you open your mouth I had to hit the mute button – Paula redo with a better bon-bon. And Randy – poor Randy. "Dude, dog, dude, dog, yo, dude, dog, yo yo listen up yo, dude dog..." Who in this DECADE talks like that? Answer: NO ONE. And why Randy, is everyone in it to win it?? Dah, you freakin "I played with Journey when they played state fairs" idiot! You were relevent in the past but this season you lost it – you sold out dude/dog.
    I hate this show and am so glad it's over. And any of your morons out there who think that big eared self-annointed heavy metal rocker was any good is a bigger moron thaN James. That pitiful performance with Judas Preast was as pathetic as they are relevent – NOT! So I hope all you tweenies are happy – YOU, Randy and the producers drove this show into the ground. Good freakin riddins!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rae

    Has anyone been watching The Voice? Now THAT'S talent!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ron

    As a fellow singer, I tip my hat to Scotty and congratulate him. Of the two left though, I think Lauren was the stronger singer. Scotty only won because of the country vote. But in the end, I still think that James Durbin should have won hands down.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. ck

    Disgusted that Scotty won. He is just a karaoke version of the stars he wants to be. Pure karoake, and could he pander more to the bible belt??? Why didn't he wear a bigger cross, kiss it a little more. Very disappointed...tweens rule the world I guess. Best thing they could do is stop the text voting...

    May 27, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. janel

    SCOTTY DESERVES THIS. HE HAS GOD-GIVEN TALENT, AND HE IS GRATEFUL FOR IT. God bless you SCotty. I bet you will go a long way in your career.

    May 27, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. kimmi

    I am very pleased that scotty won, my top three from day one was scotty, lauren, and James.. I think they all will be super stars and make lots of money. I will say I was a little annoyed when they were calling Lauren as the winner, the way they were saying that can give her an edge in the voting but thankfully it didn't turn out that way..
    the season finale show had great entertainment good job idol.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kara


    May 27, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      He will be another AI has been in one or two years, just like all the rest.

      May 27, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  16. kris

    Scotty definitely deserves it! He's got an incredible voice, gorgeous tone.. This boy has a great stage presence. I can't wait for his album! He's a total package.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Farran

    What I think Scotty brings to Country Music is a male who brings the tween girls to country music much like Taylor Swift, helping to build the next generation of country music fans. Once you are hooked, you're in for life. Vocally, Lauren had more talent – I picked her to win when I saw her audition. James had the most heart. I so want a record label to pick him up and help make his dreams a reality. My son has Asperger's like James and it is so hard to try and fit into the world when you are different. He did a great of job of it and I am so proud of him for putting himself out there as he did.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  18. karen e

    I was about to say I'm not shocked, but ok, I was shocked Scotty won. I thought that in the last showdown Lauren was more stronger vocally. But I,m happy he won. I, will buy his record when it comes out. This weekend i will go out and get a josh turner cd and that of mcgraw ior is it mcgrath?

    May 27, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. CJ

    I'm 54 and I voted for James most of the time (I applaud his success despite Tourettes) but both Lauren and Scotty are good kids. I think people responded to their good values, actually.

    Hey, let's not be so rude people. Paco, you have been treated rather rudely and not everyone is like that. Unfortunately, on these message boards a lot of angry people hang out. I enjoy many of the comments, but not the rude ones.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Juri

    I have to say that I have been singing in the Country music industry since I was 13 years old. I had 5 people picked out from the very start of this season. Scotty, Lauren, Haley, James and Pia. I believed that this five would make it into the show and they did. I believe that no matter where they finished that they would all have careers in the industry. I believe that a lot of you are talking about the voting and it being the young girls putting in the most votes. Well until the change that procedure and how you vote it will never be any different. That young vote was NEVER going to understand how talented Haley, Casey, Pia and James really were. But I want you to know that being in this business for over 50 years that I know that Scotty and Lauren will go far. They have the whole package. I am glad that they will be following in big footsteps in this business and I believe that they will both do well. As will they others that I have mentioned. So I only have one question to all of you that are making comments on this page about the voting is do you get on and call or whatever all those times for your favorite? If not then please stop complaining about the voting and if your favorite did not win. Thanks

    May 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jross

    The finale was excrutiatingly boring. Both Scotty & Lauren sucked with absolutely no performance skills whatsoever. It was like watching paint dry. Snoozefest. The results show last night was much better, so good in fact that Scotty & Lauren were completely eclipsed by everything else that was going on. Pretty much speaks for their careers I think. James, Haley, Pia, Casey and even Steffano were all just as good, if not better, singers and most of them (sorry Pia) were entertaining to watch. I have no doubt the final two will have careers in the music industry, but neither of them are going to be superstars by any means.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Thomas Smith

    I think just as many people share the exact same sentiment about the Oprah finale.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Phillip Bunn

    "Snotty McGoofy" YOU SUCK!!!!!! You have got to be the goofiest peformer ( and I use the term loosely) that I have ever seen. Alfred E. Neuman should sue you for defamation of character.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Isaac

    James is really talented but lacking in foresight, if he puts his focus on Metal. Country has been here a long time and Scotty will have a more durable career.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Chrissy2636

    Bring back James – He should have been the real winner. Idol, I am SO done with you.

    May 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. GDL

    I am a 123 year old green party voting cannibal and I voted for Scotty because he appeared the tastiest.

    May 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Blargh

    This show would be a lot better if people weren't allowed to vote until the finale. Till then, it suuuuuucks.

    May 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. cassandra poyner

    Congrats scotty !! glad to see someone with true talent actually won !!!

    May 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Vicki

    Congratulations Scotty! My husband and I been rooting for you ever since hearing your beautiful voice at the beginning of the season. AND SO we were thrilled to hear your name announced last night at the Finale'. You will make a great Idol and future celebrity. Can't wait until you cut your first album.

    This Idol season produced an abundance of fine talent, some of which we would love to see and hear again. Let's hope that the talent agents and recording studios seek out these gifted Idol contestants and give us the opportunity to enjoy their voices once again, too.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. mia

    Good season. I thought that Pia or James would win, But Scotty (Big round head, ears and shape of face really look a lot like the Mad Magazine character) is a very good singer. I feel he will be just as big as Carrie Underwood in the Country Music world. Country fans are a force to be reckoned with. He's got the young girls on lock and the Cougars in waiting.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. john

    This show really screwed up when they started letting everyone vote as many times as they want, just so they can get the extra money from the texting revenue. These two finalists would never have made it it everyone voted once. James should have one hands down, but because his fans are older, they don't sit up all night voting millions of times.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chris

    IIt is time to change the voting process to one vote per contestant each week. You could still cast one vote for multiple contestants. This would normalize the bias introduced when a person casts multiple votes for a contestant, e.g., 10-15 year old girls.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Terri

    The voting process has to change. I like Scotty a lot but don't think he deserved to win the whole thing and I think he feels the same way. DWTS has a much more accurate voting system because usually the winner is deserving with runners up just as deserving. It's crazy how many times one person can vote depending on the technology they have available to them. The judges should have some input into the final decision. Something needs to be done.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Linda

    Just like DWTS, Idol has become voters "most popular" rather than "most talented".

    May 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Debbie

    What is it with performers thanking God for everything? How arrogant can this guy be! God apparently didn't have time to help the victims of all the disasters happening right now, but He found time to make sure Scotty McCreepy won American Idol. Because thinks Scotty is so much more special than all the other contestants. What a crock.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  36. :)

    when i first heard scotty i thought wow – what a voice
    but American Idol is not supposed to be just about the voice
    the winner should really have the whole package
    and unfortunately he does not have it
    i doubt if he will go very far

    May 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  37. DeSean

    is scotty still cherry.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. MGF

    The fact that Lady Gaga scares Scotty is a good thing. As much as I enjoy Gaga, I'm sure she could be very intimidating to a young, wholesome 17-year old kid. There are still some innocent, sheltered 17 year olds – even in the U.S. Gaga is practically naked in every show, whether it's live or on TV, and she thrives on the dramatic. Not everyone enjoys or feels comfortable with that kind of "in your face" stuff. Let's see where Scotty ends up – hopefully, he won't turn out like Tyler Hicks or the winner from last year, Lee DeWyze, who wasn't even invited to perform at this year's finale. Now, there's a forgettable face and name!!

    May 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  39. kim

    this season was the worst ever.i to like pat said will never watch american idiot agian. ty

    May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Janet

    He can sing country good and that will be his market. He will not be as successful because how many of us know who the last few winners are? And some of the winners were not even successful ..remember Fantasia and Rubin, they should have never won in the first place.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  41. pat

    and about the show all mad tv would say,"HATED IT".i am never watching american idiot agian.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Erica

    The most talented one of all was Haley. I think she also had the best chance of making it big in the music industry from the AI win. Bet we see her again!

    May 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jen

    the show was bad.that guy was no good.she should have won.this season was bad they better change the jugdes this new year ,or i will be leaving forever.never to watch it agian.ty

    May 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Hugh

    Sorry, but I think Lady Gaga's performance sucked big time.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Beverly

    I am 62 and I voted for Scotty. At least with Country, you know what they are saying and can understand the meaning of the song.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      You mean like Johnny Cash's immortal: "I've been flushed from the bathroom of your heart" or
      The Bellamy Brothers' "Saturday night we’re gonna go get drunk; Something in the road smells like a skunk" or
      Bobby Bare's "Dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life"
      or Trace Adkins' "Got it goin’ on Like Donkey Kong, And whoo-wee Shut my mouth, slap your grandma"

      You mean great lyrics like that? Sometimes it's best not to understand them. 🙂

      May 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  46. MGF

    I totally agree with many of you on so many points. For me, James Durbin was my picki. Both for overall talent, and a great voice that rivals many of the seasoned rockers out there. (I'm not surprised that Steven Tyler didn't end up doing a duet with James – Tyler couldn't take standing there while James sang out, better, louder, sharper Steven's own song. I knew that would never happen!) HOWEVER, having said that and accepting the fact that James was booted out, I put my sights on the two finalists, Lauren and Scotty. Now, I'm not a big country fan, but I've got to say, that this kid, for his age, has a very mature and positive outlook. I'm not going to judge that he mentioned the "Lord" and that the family are probably Right-wing Christians – that's not the point. When you saw last night Scotty up against Tim McGraw, you could very well imagine that Scotty might win. He went note for note on that song with McGraw, and at times, it was hard to tell who was the "seasoned star" and who was the contender. I've got to say, at that point, I thought that maybe he just might take it all. I was a Lauren fan, but when she sang against Carrie Underwood, she just didn't cut it. Carrie out-sang her – as a matter of fact, that was one of the best performance that I've seen from Carrie Underwood. Unfortunately, even though Lauren has a good voice and is as cute as a button, there are already many "Laurens" in the country music scene. I know that Lauren will have a good career regardless, but I do believe Scotty will go very far. I think Country Music needs some singers with original "country grass roots", and Scotty definitely fits the bill. I also agree with all of you who say that it was one of the best IDOL seasons, with so much talent, and no need from the snarky Simon Cowell. I don't think these kids would have done as well and been as positive if he had been there to criticize everything from their hair to their clothes. I agreed with a lot of his comments, but sometimes he just went to far. He forgets that some of these young people are 16 and 17, and not being a father himself, he doesn't mind hurting their young egos.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Gabor47

    1. Don't believe anyone who posts here that they won't watch it next year. If they read and write posts after the 10th season, I can assure you all, they will watch the 11th 🙂 After the first season, this could be a fair claim, but not after the tenth.

    2. Ignore the "Scotty is a one trick pony" style remarks. Yes, he is, but show me any superstar, who sings outside of his/her genre. Show me a famous and popular Steve Tyler country song or a popular heavy rock song from Garth Brooks, and so on. All stars are "one trick ponies" in a way.

    3. Steve Tyle still can sing everybody under the table age 63. That guy is one amazing performer. Would anyone give a damn, if he was "pithcy"? Would anyone even notice?

    4. After hearing the first 12, I predicted Casey or James or Scotty to win, in that order. I think Casey harmed himself with the grunting in every song, regardless whether it fitted or not. Otherwise a very impressive artist. His brief improvisations on his handheld keyboard (name?), his upright base talent, his obviously good voice suggests a long term success. I don't know how much James future will be influenced by his illness and weird facial expressions. Otherwise, his voice belongs to a rock group, not as a long term solo success. Just as Cook, Daughtry. Scotty's future pretty much depends on what the industry chiefs decide. The days when one can become popular simply based on people telling each other that "I have seen such and such a group/singer, they'he/she is great" are over. So are the days when one small publisher/manager can push somebody to success. The whole thing became an industry, based on factors beyond being good or not.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  48. mommajam

    I think that Scotty will have as big a career as Carrie Underwood. He has a very strong and unique voice. I think his voice is better than Tim McGraw's, whom he sang with last night. However, I don't feel that Lauren held up against Carrie when they sang together. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. I wish them both well.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  49. erich2112x

    Steven Tyler saved the day for Idol this year. Without him the show would have sagged in ratings. And why not, he's been saving Aerosmith from obscurity for decades now.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Confused

    What's American idol? What am I doing? What's CNN? How am I typing here? How long has this Internet been existing? Who are you people?? 😉

    May 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ines

    I want to be a teenager cause according to many posts here they are so powerful and run the country!!!even the World!!!!!!! On the other hand Scotty is a very charming guy who will grow up a true gentleman (or so I hope)and a great singer, what's wrong with ballads??? We should all enjoy more romantic music instead of gross hip hop and violent rap!!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. mark s

    In reality, both finalists got essentially the same from their showing. A winner is declared to keep everyone watching. I think Lauren Alaina had the best singing voice.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  53. bee23

    Best show ever!!! Thanks A I

    May 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Frank T

    Didn't watch much of the show this year, cause it just ain't the same without Simon (especially) and Paula (surprisingly). Evidently you can't have three performers as judges, at least, not these three, since they don't have the heart to be tough. Maybe some like the "nicey-nicey" approach to judging, but I prefer Simon's cold splash of critical reality.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Rusty

    Sorry for the duplicate post-computer operator glitch. Duh!

    May 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  56. LK

    Congrats to Scotty. I was rooting for Lauren, but they are both great kids and will do very well. While watching the finale, I was reminded how they were indeed the correct top 2. Jacob prances onto the stage. he reminds me of a gay Clump from the nutty professor movies. Hurts to watch him...(shudder). Fast forward. Casey gets up there and growls and makes psycho faces, fast forward. Haley gets up there, fresh from her street corner, and is all over the place. Ehh, fast forward. Congrats to Lauren and Scotty and to America for getting the voting right!

    May 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Rusty

    I know, I know. James was the best, Pia was the best, Jacob was the best, Haley was the best, yatta, yatta, yatta. Get a grip people: Scotty McCreery won. Was he the best? Maybe, maybe not. However, just in case you didn't know this, country music is a HUGE multi-billion dollar business. You may not like country music, but you can't deny its power. Best of luck, Scotty and Lauren. I believe Nashville will welcome you with open arms...

    May 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  58. steve

    the right person won. it was a very nice show. good productions. great to see tony bennett and steve tyler and marc anthony and jo lo performances very well done. best of luck and well wishes to ALL of this seasons perfomers.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  59. J. Middleton

    I THINK Scotty is wonderful and knew he would win. He reminded me of Randy Travis right from the beginning, whom I also love.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Judy

    I thought this season of American Idol was great. I'm pleased with the winner Scotty. As much as I liked Lauren, I think
    Pia or Haley,and Casey Abrams should have been in the top 4. I loved the judges especially Steven. I wish Scotty the
    best and hope he goes a long way.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Rusty

    I know, I know-James was the best, Pia was the best, Jacob was the best, Haley was the best, yatta, yatta, yatta. Sorry to tell you people, but Scott McCreery won. Was he the best? Maybe, maybe not. But in case some of you have forgotten, country music is a BIG multi-billion dollar business. To say the reason Scotty won was because of the tweens and teeny-boppers is absurd. Obviously not everyone likes country music, but you can't deny its power. Best of luck to Scotty and Lauren. I think Nashville will welcome you with open arms.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  62. me

    I like lauren better... she'll outsell Scotty and be the bigger star but i do have to say that if i ever got a chance to meet him.... I'd try folding his face over to see what neat hidden picture is hidden in with his actual face...

    May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  63. Debbie


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  64. terri

    GREAT season finale. Such a fun concert with so many stars and great songs. Congrats to Scotty, he deserved it.
    I loved Steven and Jennifer as Judges, they brought some class to the show, instead of all the b - Sh–, that Paula, Kara, Ellen, and Simon did with their arguing and acting dumb.
    Randy and the other two were great together.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  65. Idol watcher

    Lauren should have won! Scotty is so boring and did the same thing over, over and over! Lauren is an all around beter "talent" than him. I thought this was a TALENT show. I agree w/a prev post, they need to limit it to 1 voter per person/house/ph or whatever. All the little girls voted for Scotty and that's how he won. I feel like the winner at the finale should be picked by the judges. All 3 judges thought it should have been Lauren based off talent but b/c of the millions of little girls voting for Scotty, the most talented singer missed out on winning. They really need to re vamp this b/c I really don't think it's fair.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  66. Al

    I think Scotty is the most marketable of all of the contestants this year on AI. Don't get me wrong, I think James and Lauren were both really good, but we know how receptive country music is to AI contestants: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, etc. Scotty, as long as he gets a good songwriter and continues to pick up a guitar, will make a lot of money in country music.

    Did anyone else think he should've put on a cowboy hat at some point during the show???

    May 26, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  67. Sarah Stroud

    I was pulling for Lauren Alaina, but was pleased to see that Scotty thanked the Lord for his big win. Lauren and Scotty are two great young people who are both wonderful role models. This has been my favorite Idol year since 2007.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  68. Francesca

    Hi Lisa. I have really enjoyed the blog over the past weeks. I have enjoyed reading the commentary and opinions and even posted some of my own! I will miss AI every week. I am sure Scotty and Lauren will have excellent careers as well as many of the other contestants this year. Lisa-any chance you will have a blog on The Voice or So You Think You Can Dance? Hope to see another blog soon!

    May 26, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  69. Arlee

    Did anyone else notice that Ryan didn't say a record X amount of votes at the end, and the winner is. Does that mean there were fewer votes in the final, than in prior shows, I think it does. Now does that mean that just as many people didn't care anymore because their favorite was bumped early. Mine was, and I bet yours was too!

    May 26, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jross

      He did at the beginning. I can't remember the numbers but he said it worked out to two votes for every person in America.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Dwight

    @ Louis Cypherr:
    Scotty has no stage presence?
    What the hell kind of a T.V. were you watching ???????????????
    Lauren is a real good singer, but Scotty has way more stage presence than she has.
    I think that Pia got a raw deal being voted off so early. She should have been no less than in the top four.
    Lady "GOO-GOO" could have easily been left off of what was a real good final show. A "PIG"? You bet she is !!!!!!!!!!
    "GREAT YEAR" of American Idol". The best year out of the last five, if not more.
    Am counting the days until it starts next year.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  71. Lettuce Prey

    Scotty's singing voice is a gimmick, I found his performaces to be boring after the first few. He has no range, and if it weren't for the invention of microphones, you wouldn't be able to hear him. Of course, that's true for most pop artists these days, so he should fit right in. Scotty won because all the little girls think he's so cute. The Idol contestants with real talent this season deserve to have great careers. If Pia, James, Casey, and especially Haley record some songs, I'll buy them.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Marivic

      I tell you what, I'm a professional, so my friends are.. and we believe that scotty's voice is extremely flawless and beautiful. I don't know what's up with your hatred.

      May 27, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  72. sheikyerboutie

    I don't think Howdy Doodie should have won. Lauren had more personality and would have grown more as an artist.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  73. Dwight

    James wasn't bad as far as heavy metal goes.
    He will make about one tour, & that will be the last we here, or see of him.
    HEAVY METAL went out years ago !!!!!!!!!
    As far as Scotty goes, he will do extremely well for years, & years.
    Ever heard of George Strait–Alan Jackson–Garth Brooks–, & the list goes on & on.
    In case you doubters didn't know, the above mentioned are all "COUNTRY SINGERS" & have been for years.
    Country Music will never die, where as Heavy Metal has died along time ago.
    How about Lauren & Scotty recording a few songs together? A winner for sure.
    I truly wish the top three to do very well in the chosen carriers.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Metal God

      you're an idiot. go shed a tear in your beer. Country as you think it dead. It's been dumbed down (if possible) and is played on hit music stations – Carrie Undewood, Shania Twain, etc. Garth Brooks? really? is he even around any more?
      Metal Rules! \m/

      May 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Phil

    Really, people, were Scotty not so "cute" and "cuddly" and marketable to his Tween Army, would he seriously be considered so "talented" with his limited vocal range and musical output? Really?

    May 26, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • march

      WOWOWOWOW! you call Scotty untalented? Something's wrong with your auditory nerve/

      May 27, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  75. nancheska

    Scotty and Lauren should definitely make a CD together. I am proud of them both.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  76. carrie

    AI judges tried to steer the results toward Lauren Tues night and she had the better song , his is lame , but I think he should have won .His over all consistancy won the season.That said they both will do well . This is the first year I have gotten tickets to the Idol tour . I think this has been an incredible season with so many talented kids. Kudos to them all , especially James , Paul and Casey , Pia and Haley. They will still do well , all just so talented . I hope we see them all again somewhere.over the next few years.
    Also I felt the Lady Gaga performance was over the top for prime time with so many children watching . Okay for her show , it is what makes her Gaga , but much too much for a show in that time slot.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  77. Dwight

    I can't believe some of these "IDIOTIC COMMENTS" !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Although Lauren was good, Scotty was the whole entertainment package.
    Not only could he sing fantastic, he is a great entertainer as well.
    C. mon, you fools that made those comments, 'WAKE UP & SMELL THE COFFEE" !!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |


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  78. Chevy

    When Pia was voted out, the race was on for who would be 2nd best.
    I thought James won that race and Scotty came in 3rd, closely followed by Lauren and Haley.
    I was disappointed Pia didn't do a duet, paired up with a star, last night. Possibly they didn't want to remind everyone just how good she is and how she was in a class of her own. Embarrassing to have her outsing everyone again.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  79. Arthur Fonzarelli

    If they want, I'll be happy to jump a shark for them on next season's premier Ayyyyyyyy

    May 26, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  80. Srivatsa

    Congrats Cool Scotty , Greetings from Bengaluru,India , Great Job and Lauren you are on our mind and Randy awesome hosting job, keep it up.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |

    Yeah Scotty you deserve to be the winner! Your a great singer and a great person , and you thanked the LORD first and that he got you there! AMEN SCOTTY! MY GOD BLESS YOU!!!! Lauren your Awesome too!!!! and God bless you also!!!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  82. Bigbosslady

    I'm glad scotty won. I voted for him all season and so did my family and friends. None of us are teeny boppers. Ages 21 to 64. We're all waiting to buy his first cd! He will go far!

    May 26, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  83. Steve

    Anyone who is a idol watcher is a degenerate. Get a life. Some of the People who left comments act as if idol is the only thing in their life. Really, Is it any wonder why this country is in shambles!?

    May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • cjg

      Who dicided it was up to you to say what peiple watch and what makes a degenerate, I have watched Idol every season as has my husband and we do not watch other reality shows . But taking a few hours out for entertainment and to see some of America's best talent and to be able to help shape and see that talent grow , it is refreshing.
      Nothing changes the problems we have , watching Idol , going to the movies, reading a book , taking a vacation are things we do to help us cope with our problems and our daily lives.
      So Steve what do you do to give yourself a break?

      May 26, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  84. drake

    I am disappointed there were far more better choices in my opinion.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  85. ImALisa

    Who the heck cares!!! This show is soo dumb! Bring back TV shows that make us laugh & cry.. Enough with this reality show sh¤t !

    May 26, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • CRUZAN

      Obviously you care! If not, you wouldn't have even read this article, nor would you be blogging about it! What they need to get rid of is those stupid Housewives shows and Jersey Shore! That is useless crap!

      May 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Debbie

    I'm very happy Scottie won. I thought Lauren was a nice girl, but at 16, isn't school a lillle more important? At 17, Scottie's probably graduating this year. To me, Lauren's voice sounded like every other country teenybopper singer. Scotty, on the other hand, could REALLY sing.

    J-Lo sure can shake her bon bons, can't she? Why didn't Marc Antony sing in English? The show is shown other places besides California and out west – not all of us in the East are bi-lingual. I muted it and watched J-Lo dance.

    Did anyone else notice what good shape Tim McGraw is in? Yummy.

    At the beginning of the show, when they show all the winners in those long panels, look closely. I think they only show one person who did not win, and that person is Adam Lambert. Hmmmm...

    May 26, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      God forbids someone trying to bring some diversity and making us leave our comfort zone

      May 26, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  87. Corey

    I think the results of this show are in direct correlation to the 'mean girls' effect. Simply put, most of the voters on this show are teen girls who got caught up in the 'cute-ness' of Scotty. And they would do anything not to see one of their own peers of the same gender win or excel at something better than them. You could clearly see the mean girls effect happening early on in the judging when some of the girls who had real, genuine talent were continually being booted off the show well before some of the guys – who had far less talent. All in all, the finalists were all very good to great, so obviously it was just going to come down to a popularity contest.

    But fret not for Lauren, I'm sure she's already signed a recording contract by sun up today!

    May 26, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  88. Amy

    I am so excited that Scotty wins! He is a superstar and have great talent. I love him from day one and hope and truly believe he will win. He will have a great career. Go Scotty!!! Lots of people love you! Lauren is sweet and great too. Both of them are very cute couple.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  89. joe m

    Spelling, really. Lol arnold. Sounds like you need a hug as do many of these people posting so you are not the only one. I'm not the one to do it tho. With all these natural disasters in our beautiful country we all should find something more useful to do or talk about. Before we attack others we should really look in mirror. Relax peeps.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  90. joe m

    scotty won because of money. The show is about money. I believe the show is set up. I could be wrong but this is my opinion. Scotty will do very well career wise. He does have a perfect voice for country and the show knows that. His albums will do outstanding in the country genre and the show knows this. AI has not had a really COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL winner in a while and in the end that hurts the bottom line. I believe AI is totally fixed and to me this season has proved it. As for all the GOD hating remarks in these comments, I just want to ask you who say those things, why? Why does it matter who likes God and who doesn't to you? To me that is proof in and of itself that GOD is real just because of the power it has to be that popular for people to bash. Arguing about God in comments section because someone says thank the Lord is just plain whacked. No offense to anybody meant. The true believers should not take offense or pay attention to any of those comments because when we personally take offense to something we take the focus off of God and put it on ourselves selfishly in mohho. Lol. In my own honest humble opinion. Have a great day peeps. Enjoyed reading everyones comments.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  91. James

    The main reason the guy won is because
    he looks normal. Just look at last seasons
    2 finalist. The guy won because he looks
    normal. The girl had dreads. So back to
    scotty he won because of his looks. Even
    though he looks like al e newman.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  92. Predictable

    Considering most of the voters are teenage girls who don't have to pay the bill for repeatedly voting (parents pay instead), it is no surprise the cute boy won. It had nothing to do with talent but rather, was based on gender and popularity. Appreciation for talent is not a consideration by this bunch. I feel James earned the win but he's not as cute as little Scotty.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  93. Diane

    America does not know what singing talent is. Scotty never did anything spectacular. He sings the same way every time with the same boring country voice.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      America knows perfectly well what singing talent is – and will prove it at places like the iTunes store. The problem is, Idol isn't necessarily about singing talent once you get to the fan-voting rounds.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |


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  95. Tim

    None of the final 4 will have any lasting career. They were all hacks. Just pretty little faces who have no idea what writing and performing art is. What a surprise the Christian country boy wins. Not a lick of talent.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  96. CountrySC

    Congrats ya'll !!! We did it! Now we can all go together to church and pray for Lady Gaga's soul

    May 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  97. Roscoe Chait

    I enjoyed watching the finale, but I predicted many weeks ago that Scotty would win. The teeny boppers control the voting, and vote for the cute guy next door. They are not that interested in who is the best singer or the most talented. Unless the producers revamp the voting (50 votes each is nuts) and the judges have some say in the final outcome, I'm done with Idol. I've watched the show for many years, but I'm tired of feeling brokenhearted for the truly talented people like James and Pia when they are voted off for no reason. Unfortunately, Idol is a popularity show controlled by tweens. It's been a great run. I've enjoyed the show in the past. Now I'm going to give the X Factor a chance, but if their voting is similar, then I will not watch it either. My favorite show is on tonight–So You Think You Can Dance. And here the contestants are amazing, and the voting is more sensible. Bye, bye Idol.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  98. Dill

    Scotty? Really? The dork who holds a microphone like he's eating a footlong hot dog? The guy who sings with a fake drawl? They kid who can't sing anything that isn't backed by a steel guitar or fiddle? THIS is what America yearns for? I expected nothing less from the dimbulb masses. They have once again proven their fear of the unique and truly talented as they do EVERY YEAR on this joke of a show.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  99. StlMelz

    I just don't get how Scotty won. His pitch and tone were way off more often than not. I understand he's cute and charming, but shouldn't he be able to hold pitch first? Very disappointed America. Either millions of people need their ears checked by a good doctor, or they just don't care that they gave this to someone who has such a challenge singing well. Hopefully he will employ a good singing coach to teach him how to use his voice and stay on key.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  100. Me In FL

    Some notes:
    1. Voting wasn't working quite right the night James was voted off.
    2. Haley, though a unique voice, turned off many with percieved "arrogance". There is a fine line between self-confidence and arrogance.
    3. Scotty is 1/4 hispanic. Latin websites have been following his progress. He is the first Latino to win.
    4. Many vote for the entire package, not just a good singer. I live in Florida, very populous state. There are people who sing as well as Lauren or Pia that I know personally (1 aunt out of 7, my husband's best friend's sister, the woman who leads my sister-in-law's church, etc.)
    5. They sing all the dang time. Check out comments from past idol contestants. By the end of the season many of their voices are strained. Try singing seven days a week, hours a day. Your voice goes. Scotty isn't projecting as well now, but that doesn't mean he won't do it later.
    6. Who is successful from here will be the person who finds a niche. That's how it goes. If you get a following, if you find a niche, albums can be mixed like crazy to get a good sound. Example: Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Personally I do not believe they sing better than many on idol, but they sure sell albums. On the other hand, Bianca Ryan, who rips it has pretty much failed.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • StlMelz

      I agree and disagree. I agree on generating a following, finding a niche and how the process can strain a voice. However, Scotty never had good control of his voice. It was always off pitch/key. I was amazed he made it through to Hollywood. That probably wouldn't have happened with Simon on the panel. Just sayin...

      May 26, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Me in FL


      I am uncertain Scotty's voice was "always" off key/pitchy, but I must admit to questioning the choice of key in which he sang on multiple occassions. Folks sing within a certain range, go out of that range and the resulting sound is generally unpleasant.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  101. Tim

    (Yawn.) Yet ANOTHER forgettable and semi-talented young male contestant "wins" the season.

    Anyone remember the names of the guys who won the past two years? (I don't.) Anyone heard of any recent CD's they've released? Concerts they've given? (I haven't.)

    In any case, Howdy Doody will undoubtedly release his first CD in a few months, and then, disappear, like the previous two year's "winners." (If he's lucky, he MIGHT get invited to peform at some state/county fairs after that.)

    May 26, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  102. Larry

    Everyone played by the rules, thats why Scotty won. When you have teens voting on there phone and computer all night as fast as they can, how do you think the outcome is going to be like. They either have to change the voting like only ten votes per phone, or change the name of the show to American Teen Idol. If they dont change the voting system, (which I heard they are talking about doing) I think they will lose a lot of people watching. I know one teen that voted 1,000 times for Scotty. She make a bet with a friend that she could vote more than her.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe Chait

      Hey Larry. I think allowing them 50 votes is kind of nuts, but I wondered if it was possible to trick the system. Why not use several email addresses. You've just proved what I thought. I bet the teen you mention who voted 1,000 times for Scotty is not an exception. I hope they do change the voting system and allow the judges to have a say, otherwise I'm done with Idol.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  103. Millie Bea

    Scotty will have a huge career. Lauren will be the next Kellie Pickler.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  104. Cruzan

    Durbin?!?! Really?!?!?! You walk into any bar in this country that has a live band playing, and they sound exactly like James Durbin. As Simon Cowell would probably have said, "he is karaoke"! Even though I don't like country music, Scotty is going to be a money maker! His singing is flawless, and effortless. He has charisma and character. I think he truley deserved to win this year!

    May 26, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Even more karaoke can be said of Scotty. The boy has NO talent. He carries a decent tune, that's about it. Anyone who voted for him has a tin ear and wouldn't know a good singer if it hit them in their face.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Dill

      Charisma???? He has the charisma of a can of tuna. If he were any more bland he'd be cardboard. Every time I look at him, all I can see is George W Bush at age 17.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  105. Rob

    I think they will both do well. I am not shocked that Scotty won. I was shocked and have been over the season that Idol is no longer a family show. Judith Priest and Lady Gaga. I didn't watch Idol all season as I have done in the past, but after that final show, I will be watching it less and less. Unless they return to a family show.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  106. Jennifer

    Seriously... I heard the first Alfred E. Newman reference about 12 weeks ago. While you all have been harping on that, Scotty has found his voice and doesn't just imitate artists like Josh Turner anymore. This was evident in his coronation song. I hope you don't all think you're original.

    As for us in the Bible Belt, we are just fine here. Don't come bother us and we won't bother you.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |

      We don't need to come bother you. You're getting punished with tornadoes for voting this horrible mic flute holding rah-tard through!

      May 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Jen

    It would be great if 10-14 year old little girls were not allowed to vote next year. I love love love country music but cringed every time I saw Scotty perform. He's a nice kid, no doubt, but he doesn't belong on a big stage. I sure hope these little girls continue to support Scotty through his career; he's going to need it.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  108. Samantha

    I think all of the top 10 will be successful in their careers. Mainly, Pia, James, Scotty, and Lauren. 🙂 I'm not a fan of Haley but she will be successful too. And, I'm so proud Scotty WON! He wants to have duets with Lauren on his debut album. 🙂 Hopefully, the producers/record company allow that to happen. Looking forward to seeing them all on tour in August!! Oh, and quit with the hate/negative comments, guys!!

    May 26, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  109. Scott

    The only one of them all that had any talent was Casey. But this show isn't based on talent... it's based on millions of 12 year old girls with cell phones texting in votes for hours on end. And that's why this show fails. This show needs real judges who make all of the decisions up to the finale. Then when the top 3 or so are decided let the audience vote ONE TIME PER PERSON.

    The Voice has only been around a month or so and it's already kicking A.I.'s ass.

    May 26, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  110. killacam

    LOL i remember i told my friend that scotty looked like the mad t.v. guy HAHAHAHAHA What a loser!

    May 26, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  111. Leo

    I wonder if Scotty was kissing his cross while Gaga was performing.. what an ignorant redneck!

    May 26, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  112. Alex

    Absolute sham – Pia or Haley were far more talented and versatile, but we ended up with a religious nut, making everything he sang sound like a hick country and western song. I am disgusted and have quit watching forever.

    But my final questions and suggestions are:

    Why don't they reveal the actual votes per person, how do we actually know that Scotty won, we were just told so!

    Reverse the voting system- contestants should be voted OFF.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Good idea! Vote against people; that will limit the little girl voters from texting all night long!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Camita

      I was very surprised to hear the number of votes cast since so much of the country was under tornado watches/warnings Tuesday night and the weather guys had taken over the airways. AI wasn't broadcast until sometime after midnight here so I never watched or voted.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  113. Andi

    To me, this was the best finale show ever! And I was very pleased that Scotty won. Very deserving. I think people were looking for different and fresh. He and Lauren stayed true to who they were and I'm sure will bring many younger people into the Country Music fold. All the celebrities were great! And Steven J-Lo and Marc Anthony even better. Awesome!

    May 26, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  114. Mike in RI

    Kind of a lackluster end to a season some good talent. I fear that Scotty will soon by on the county fair circuit rather than the stadium circuit. His sound isn't better than you hear in any backup band in a country bar in any city.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  115. AuntieMame2

    I would have been happy with either one of them winning. They are both quite talented. Good luck to both Scotty and Lauren, and all of the other AI talent we've seen this year. Of the ones who left the show earlier, I think James, Pia, and Casey will be the ones who turn their AI dreams into a career. Good luck to all of them.
    I thought the show was pretty good, but I could have done without the Spiderman bit. Steven Tyler was great though! A very smart addition to the show. Thanks AI for a great season! Until next year!

    May 26, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  116. Michele

    Lauren was Cursed !!! when J- Lo said I JUST THINK YOU HAVE JUST WON THIS -the night before!!! AAYYY – you don't say that!! That's what Jinxed David Archuletta when he lost to David Cook- although I was rooting for Cook. Lauren is much more versatile then Scotty-(DROP THE "Y" Scotty- it sounds like you're 6) and have any of you REALLY watched Scotty sing every song- looks like he has a stomach ache- holds his arm across his waist every song- what is up with that?? And that side mouth thing.. I realize you're only seventeen but it proves GIRLS MATURE FASTER THEN BOYS- the winner should have been LAUREN.
    JAMES – 4th for you- 4th for DAUGHTRY- you'll go far my friend . STAY STRONG !!

    May 26, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  117. DanYell

    I like Scotty, but out of the two, Lauren should have won. I don't like Hayley's personality, but i think she deserved to win just because she has a unique voice. James Durbin is cool but he can only do one cool thing with his voice and it gets old after a while. Casey was good but that whole growling thing at the end of EVERY note is really annoying. I wish I never heard Jacob. He is annoying to watch and is more femanine than me. Everyone praised him on how great his singing was but he can't sing at all. Get outta here dude.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Wish I'd never heard of nor seen Scotty Howdy Doody! BORING, BORING, BORING.

      Gotta go now!

      May 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  118. janicec

    The two that deserved to be there were there!! Both did an outstanding job. I felt bad for Lauren last night. You could tell she was having problems with her throat and didn't feel very good. Congrats to them all for an outstanding season. Could have done without Lady Gaga! Hope Lauren and Scotty are together and have a long career ahead of them.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  119. dtcpr

    Anyone else under the impression Scotty and Lauren are dating?? I've thought it for some time now, but last night... when they announced him winner it looked like she was about to kiss him and the camera pulled away and then later she like grabbed his face. I think it's cute, i was just wondering if anyone else noticed

    May 26, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  120. Scottyssue

    ...and after 1 year you will be forgotten.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  121. Matt

    He looks exactly like the guy on the cover of mad magazine. We will forget about him in a month.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      You're so original. I've never heard that he looks like that character before.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      And most people younger than 30 have no idea who you are talking about.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  122. Frank


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  123. birdseed

    MEH. howdy doody won. did anyone else notice how weak/ bad Scott sounded vs. Tim McGraw and Lauren vs, Carrie underwood? the guests were great last night but the finalists were not. my husband stopped watching completely when Pia was voted off. I might watch next year but am tired of the mediocrity rising to the top.... Taylor hicks, Kris Allen and lee de Wyze are BORING. as is Scott. MEH

    May 26, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  124. Beth

    Scotty can hit low notes like very few singers and when he does, it is magic.James should have won and Lauren.....she was the most boring singer ever. How she stayed up there mystifies me.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  125. Surrenda

    @nancy r, Really??? So I guess Kelly "grammy winner" Clarkson isn't big. Nor is Jennifer "grammy/Oscar winner" Hudson. Nor is grammy nominated and multi platnium selling Fantasia. Nor is Multi platnium selling Chris Daughtry. Nor is c'mon now do I really need to go on. Many singers from A.I. have gone on to become succesful.

    May 26, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  126. Eric

    Boringest yr ever judges had no spunk and Scotty didnt even have to sing to win VERY PREDICTABLE

    May 26, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  127. nancy r

    If all of you will just stop and think about it, country is where underwood is and the only al that has really made it big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love scotty and ibet he does great.

    May 26, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  128. Michael

    It appears that North Carolina owns American Idol. We have produced more winners than any other state. Way to go Scotty

    May 26, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  129. Scotty fan in VA

    I'm very happy that Scotty won. He is very talented. For those of you not happy with the results, all I can say is next time, VOTE! I voted and the one I liked won.

    May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  130. sylvia Ocsio

    I'm glad Scotty won and am blessed he acknowledged the Lord. I pray he will remain faithful to God and be a good model for our young people. God save America... I'm 74... cant stand Gaga and others, but thanks to the remote control i can just put the tv off...

    May 26, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  131. MEL

    I didn't vote until this last week, and I cast it for Scotty. He had a voice that won over the county vocal lover in me but he had the entertainer ease. I still am a rocker at heart for James, but Scotty may have just got me to buy my first country album. Lauren, not unlike her pair up Carrie Underwood, is hugely talented as well and I hope to hear great things from her. To all the young contestants this season, wish you all a great career 'cause the vocals were amazing this year! Kind of glad this crew got to be judged by an amazing and supportive panel!

    May 26, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  132. Jim

    I thought he was an awful performer, though not a bad singer. He was so plastic-acting on stage, I couldn't get past the fake smile. He seems so ingenuine!!!!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  133. Julie D

    I have not watched the show in several years so I will not stoop to the level of belittling it or the "talent", but I do have a question about voting. Why are you allowed to vote so many times? I am from the "Lauren area"...gasp...I didn't watch the show...and I know people who voted 50-100 times each week. I just don't understand why you get more than one vote. It doesn't matter, but I just want to know if someone can explain why there is a need for so many votes. Thanks!

    May 26, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  134. pickupstyx

    American Idol was very entertaining this year. As for who really won...go to itunes, now that AI is over, you can see who sold the most songs. This would be a good indicator of who will make it a career. James, Casey & Haley should have good music careers. It's a good thing Scotty won, because w/the backing of AI, he should do okay in the country world. I think Lauren just needs a couple years. My personal pick was Haley. I like music that doesn't sound like every other song out there. She brings an interesting and unique style. My daughters like her too.

    May 26, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  135. Charlie

    Scotty won it all when he basically told Lady Gaga to her face, "you're nuts".

    May 26, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  136. Joe

    Lous Cypher: Ok you hating is stupid. Scotty is so much better than a karaoke singer. You hate country music and thats ok but the problem is you can't get by your own prejudice. Scotty, and for that matter Laura Alaina will both have very good country careers. I guarantee you that will happen. Second I really liked Pia as well but go ahead and admit your biased Louis Cypher! Admit it! Well all this will be settled when the records start rolling off the shelf. Scotty will be a superstar and Lauren might be even better. Good Day, Joe.

    May 26, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  137. Joe

    I'm glad so many on here are such good judges of tallent. I actuallly think all top 13 finalist were very good. I really liked James Durbin and was rooting for the kid. But to say that Scotty Mcreery or Lauren Alaina were not lagitimate talent speaks to your own biased. Both Scotty and Lauren Alaina will have amazing country music careers. Just because you don't like country does not mean these kids are not talented because they are extremely talented singers. Particularly in the country music field. I read all the hate on here and I can only come to one conclusion. You haters are biased because you dislike country music. Well I sympathize with you on that one because I dislike most country music and my wife loves it. But it's ok to hate country music but admit country singers have talent. Perhaps next season a rocker will win it. Also please be mature and wish all the contestants well. Don't wish ill on anyone. Congratulations Scotty, my wife will by buying yours and Laren's records as well as the other 11 contestants as soon as you guys have them released. Good Luck To All The Top 13, you all were amazing, Joe.

    May 26, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  138. Surrenda

    Haters quit hating! Hip Hop is in my blood stream but Scotty along with Casey were my favs to win this year. Good talent is good talent and when a person has it you can't deny them. Scotty proved that this year and he is gonna soar. Heck I even see him as being country's version of Bieber. Pia had chops but was boring. James could sing but was too much like adam lambert. Haley was good but to me was a bar singer at best. Jacob had chops but was boring as well. After watching the finale I honestly thought Larua would win but Scotty pulled through. Also for the ignorant folks who's mad because he thanked God suck it up and realize there are still a lot of believers and followers of Christ in this world and this world doesn't revolve around you! Dueces!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy I


      May 26, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Dill

      I expected nothing less. America voted for Bush twice, and now they voted for the teenage version of him to win Idol. They need to chance the voting system on this show since it is obviously broken as evidenced by the winner last year (Lee DeWho?) and this year coming down to Bumpkin A vs Bumpkin B, while the real talent sits on the sidelines. Haley and Pia were FAR better than these two twits.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  139. Scott

    The funniest part of the night was the reveal of the worst kept secret in tv. Scotty and Lauren's romantic involvement. Brother and Sister my tail. Two young, talented kids with morals, a smart support system and each other to start their careers. No matter who won, they check was going to get Lauren a house. Its great.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  140. obi

    Yeah Scotty done it!!! The best person won. This show was truly judged by the fans. Thanks to the judges for picking the right candidates (even though they almost blew it at the end by rooting for Lauren). Thanks for their independence for not trying to steal the limelight from the contestansts the way a Smon Cowell would have done.This shows why the ratings went up and the record number of votes
    I see the top 6 or 7 having a good career

    May 26, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  141. Mary inVA

    I'm certainly not 15 or 16 (I wish), I am 77 and I have watched all 10 seasons of American Idol. I voted for Scotty from the
    beginning. His huge talent was so obvious. Such a good roll model for kids. "Screaming" is not talent and I believe that America really got it right. Last night's show was outstanding, best of all seasons. My only disappointment was the obvious partiality shown by the judges. They should never be asked "who they think will win?" America can be trusted to get it right, thanks America. Good luck Scotty, will be watching your success!!

    May 26, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      I assume you are talking about James. His "screaming" is just a loud upper range that he has that is still melodic in sound so technically it is NOT screaming. I'm sure you have always been a country fan and know no other type of music nor do you want to open that closed mind of yours. At 77 you would think you'd be a little more open-minded but then again coming from Hicksville, VA it doesn't surprise me.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Zepplyn

      This is a reply to Gary's reply to Mary in VA: Sir, you are a hypocrite. You criticize Mary for not being open to heavy metal and then turn around a call her a hick just because she lives in Virginia!!! Now, who's being narrow-minded???

      May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  142. ac-mo

    scotty only has one style – country. most of the best of the season had a really good range. america voted, but then again look how it votes in the real voting world. too bad. he wasn't nearly the most talented. there's always the least until it ends up like this.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  143. karen e

    I love season 10. I love the new judges although Simon and Paula brought their own style to the show and do miss them. I think these 2 would do well if you will base their success on talent. But do they have the character to stay on top? Only tome will tell. after last night's performance, I thought Lauren would win but Scotty winning is ok too. CONGRATULATIONS SCOTTY!

    May 26, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  144. amit

    m stilln not in the part of that idol world.......opppps....nd its rely my fault......m from remote area of india

    May 26, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  145. JW

    I think the producers rigged it again this year.
    Hailey and James were the best and they got kicked off just short of the end. James should have won the whole thing.
    Someone is fixing the voting the way the producers want it.
    The results each week should be verified by an accounting agency.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  146. M.RH

    Great show! Scott deserved to win. He was good tonight. I had suspected him and Lauren were a couple. And what about that KISS! (LoL). As for (Rob R. CAN U STOP) only u care about scott thanking the lord. Ur right God do not have anything to do with him wining. However, if he think God help him, let him be! Come on Just be happy for him! It's people like u "I HATE" get a life !

    May 26, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  147. Daniel

    On American Idol we have both kinds of music: Country and Western

    May 26, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bob of bob's country bunker

      well that's some of the best dagon music we've had here at the country bunker in a long time. but you owe me $300 dollars for beer.

      May 27, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  148. Freddie

    No one will remember Scotty after tonight. He sounds no different than all other Country singers. Its a shame the real talent departed earlier.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  149. Christopher

    What a relief. One day I went to dinner at my friends Helen's house. American Idol came on. We enjoyed the show, and made sure to see the following results show. I had no idea, I would watch the season every week with Helen.
    You can really get caught up with heart for the different contestants. My first choice was always Scotty. However,
    my next 3 were Haley, James, and Stefano. I was sad when Stefano left, devastated when James left, and didn't understand when Haley left. I was glad the finale brought them back. I also enjoyed their camaraderie. On Scotty's first CD, he should include a duet with Lauren. They seem like a match. I'm going to watch out for Haley, James, and Stefano's music. I hope they put something out their soon. Both Helen and I are exhausted. We need a rest from each other.......

    May 26, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  150. mark S

    BOO BOO BOO!!!!!!!!!! He was not the most talented of those kids. It just goes to show you that the teenage girl vote
    is what matters. Lauren is a much better singer, as is James, Pia and Thia! Scotty butchered that Kenny Rogers song.
    Wow really ? Thanks Idol for 10 years but after this fiasco I won't be back.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      First of all, you will be back, so let's not kid ourselves. Second, talent shows itself in many different ways. Was he the best vocalist of the bunch? No, of course not, Pia was. Was he the most musically inclined? No, Casey was. Did he have the best stage presence? That one would probably go to James or maybe Haley. But if you look at the total package, I think Scotty comes out on top. All those other very talented contestants had their obvious strengths, but they also had obvious weaknesses. Scotty wasn't the strongest in any individual category, but he was up there on just about all of them, and had the fewest weaknesses. Plus it is very obvious he will succeed swimmingly in his genre of choice, it's not so obvious with the others. That's why he won.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  151. Ty Davis

    122 Million votes?You know what they say:"It takes a trailer park to raise a child!"

    May 26, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  152. candy inAz

    I thought that Idol was a family show, the display by gaga ( she's no lady) was not anything young children should be watching. And what has the show become ? a new medium for the judges to promote their self's and their songs and vidoes? I will not watch this program again, since simon has gone it has gone to the DOGS. Why was all of Randys favorets that didn't come in the top 4 have big spots on tonights show?

    May 26, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Remember, this is a Fox show we're talking about. She is very talented but she is also not a role model for young children.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  153. Mr.

    How to post a comment in 5 easy steps:
    1) choose first sentence: either "Scotty sucks" or "Scotty rocks"
    2) refer to other people who disagree with you as haters who need to get a life
    3) critique spelling mistakes
    4) close with "just sayin"
    5) repeat steps 1-4 as desired

    Extra credit for use of any of the following terms: liberal, republican, racist, tweens, alfred e. Newman, lmao

    May 26, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Oh, so you mean stoop to the level of a 13-year-old? Nah. Besides, the season's over already. But your suggestions will be duly noted for next season. Thanks for the tips!

      May 26, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      So my question for you is why even bother coming in if you don't like the things that are being posted? Do us all a favor dumb a$$, get a life and stay off the blogs.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  154. A

    Thanks for the blogs, Lisa!

    I have to admit that with a season full of great talent, this finale seemed anticlimactic. It would have been nice to see a mix-up of musical genres, but it was what it was.

    Regardless of who won, we'll see a few of the contestants on the music scene very soon.

    Congratulations, Scotty!

    May 26, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  155. Rob R.

    Scotty? Really? No disrespect, I mean the kid can sing, but really? He's like one dimensional! He's like the new craze "planking", like flat and one dimension. I'm all about country music, but you put him up there with Tim and come on!!!! There's so much more talent in the top 12 then Scotty. He can't hold a candle to Haley or James! So what was it 30 million teeniboppers up past their bedtime last night? He's not even that cute, and the way he holds the mike, that's just not right! Yep I agree, two years tops, and he playing the county fairs with second billing to James.

    May 26, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • MusicMan

      Once Pia, James and Haley were bounced, what other choice did we have? Country fans are LOYAL to a fault. Talent doesn't matter as much as staying true to the genre. We should watch for the other AI contestants to get incredible contracts. They'll all be dancing on the way to the bank.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • BigD

      @MusicMan – you have great points here, but I have to disagree with you about country music fans being loyal to a fault. Look what they did to the Dixie Chicks. Regardless of your opinion of them or what Natalie said, what happened to them was just plain wrong.

      May 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  156. charlie crack

    Are yall sad?? I know....its over and my girlfriend is sad its over too. But, when they have a live show here, she will be there. Next season will be here before you know it. Keep your heads up yall

    May 26, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  157. Nancy

    I had Scotty picked as the winner ever since he first auditioned! I am so happy for him! And no, I'm not one of those tween-aged teeny boppers who wanted him to win – I'm 64 yrs old! And when they announced him as the AI Winner for the season, you could have heard me cheering all the way from here in the South to LA! He may have a long way to go, career-wise, but he sounds like a young Garth Brooks to me. Go, Scotty! I wish you all the best!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MJ Shaw

      Yeah, you're 64 and think a young man should be given greater opportunities then a young woman who is more talented, but better off having babies and raising a family... Not surprising.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy I

      I agree with you, Nancy. Scotty was my favorite from the beginning. He has, not only talent, but good morals and I see him going far in his career. I'm also not a teeny-bopper at 70 years old so it WAS NOT just kids voting for him all along. Also, American Idol cannot be "blamed" for who won............WE, THE AMERICAN VOTERS, cast our votes for who we thought was the best......and as far as I'm concerned, the best WON!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  158. adams63

    This was my pick from day 1 Scotty, they were both good Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    May 26, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  159. Sunshine Girl *

    What a great show. Scott deserved to win. Hes great. I had suspected him and Lauren were a couple a while back. I was right. They are A cute couple. I hope they go far together. Would be great to see them make an album together. Well cant wait till next season starts. Hope they keep the same judges.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  160. Kayla

    I wanted the guy with the big ears to win 🙁

    May 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  161. nunu

    i'm not a country fan but i did think underwood and pickler were good but mcdreary and prom queen did not deserve the top spots. their reaction to haleys farewell performance said all. tonight scotty showed no emotuon as usual. winning ai means nothing, the questions is will people spend money to see and hear them. i would bet anything pia, haley, or james (who i wasn't even a big fan of) will sell way more or be in more exciting projects than mr and mrs boring.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Boring???

      If you wanna talk boring...then you can bring Pia's name into it! She was very very boring!!!! I did like James...HATED Haley!

      May 26, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  162. Jacob Jackson

    II've watched Idol twice, once in the first season and last night. A grotesque show that combines Las Vegas lighting, sleazy post-disco dancing, and a Walton's family ethos. Neither of the singers last night was good and the songs were corny, astonishingly over-produced, and badly sung while the two kids made overly dramatic gestures. A shame that the country has fallen this low. There are good singers and good songwriters. Idol seems to have a talent for not finding them.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  163. nunu

    i'm not a country fan but i did think underwood and pickler were good but mcdreary and prom queen did not deserve

    May 26, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  164. doglover

    The real winner never wins on American Idol. This year had some great talent but the fact that Pia was let go early and James, the obvious winner and most talented was let go is a joke. The show has literally become a joke.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I could not agree with you more. The first huge disappointment was Pia giving the boot, one of the most vocally talented of the bunch. I was totally rooting for her. After she was gone, I was cheering for Jacob Lusk, but his victory was pretty farfetched. With the top 4, I was hoping that James would take it all, but he lost. What is going on here? And even between the top 2, I was hoping that Lauren would win (I really loved her audition and watched it over and over on YouTube, but her vocals weren't as strong as some of the others by the time we had the top 10). Anyway, not even that happened! Ugh!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff again

      I meant to say, Pia *getting the boot,* not giving. That would have been nice though. 🙂

      May 26, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Singing talent does not always equate to success. Pia has the most raw talent of this season's finalists, I'll give you that. She was also by far the best looking, male or female. But she had no soul, no personality, and no stage presence. She does not connect with an audience. That's why she lost so early on. I hope she finds herself and figures out what kind of an artist she is, because she really is talented and really is easy on the eyes.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  165. Garrett

    if you want to hear someone like scotty, just walk into any bar on broadway street in downtown nashville. then get back to me and let me know if you heard any that could sing anywhere close to lauren.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ Shaw

      Amen, Garrett. Thank you for speaking the truth.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      OK I'm getting back to you now. Singers like Lauren are a dime a dozen. And most of them don't have the confidence issues Lauren has. Okay, a lot of them do pander like she does, I'll give you that. But that's why they are a dime a dozen.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  166. flatliner

    I agree with direk abut scotty. His principles and his moral and spritual generosity are evident and I wish him and Lauren all the best.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  167. TJ

    Those saying Scotty won't amount to much don't know anything about country music. He'll be a star. He's got it all.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  168. GeminiGirl

    So disappointed that Lauren didn't win! I usually pick them right...Scotty will fade off into the sunset, alot like Taylor Hicks, remember?? Who the heck said he has personality & stage presence?? Are u crazy?? It should have been Haley & Lauren, and James right behind! Scotty should be happy that Simon wasn't there! Because Scotty would never have made it to the top 12! Will not watch next year, and I had been watching for almost ten years, since I picked the first winner (Kelly?) to win!! Goodby, AI, even though I luv JLo. And why is it so "easy" to get into country music?? I'm just sayin'...

    May 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa In NC

      he will laugh at these comments all the way to the bank..


      May 26, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • jus sayin

      @Melissa...sure he will....until he realized Haley is already there in line to get her bigger check......bwahahahahaaa....

      May 26, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  169. Chris

    I'm happy! I think Scotty will do great! But I still think it should have been Scotty and James on the finale!

    May 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Canuck

    Scotty was interesting but one of the least talented on the show. Durbin and Haley are independant talents that will do the best recordings and shows from this season. I noticed people that dont know much about country music liked Scotty and the ones that know country music are not big fans. He won fair and square and time will tell , and if he works hard on singing lessons and works with good producers he can make a decent career for himself.There will always be talent shows where the best do not win and with hard work Scotty could get to a decent talent level.The show was fun this year and there was some great talent but I am afraid that they will lose many viewers next year with Scotty winning on thin talent.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Moose

      Hey, you must be on Cloud 9 with the Canucks win yesterday. Happy to see that you watch AI too. the live blogs are a blast don't you agree?

      May 26, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • BeeGee

      I couldn't agree w/u more. He's a monotone, one hit wonder, at best. The talent level this season was amazing and all the wrong peeps were voted off. Gee, could it be due to the highly selective voters? Bye Bye AI

      May 26, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Aunt M

      I have to say that I disagree...guess that's why we have so many different kinds of music. I wanted Haley (who's signing hurt my ears) to go before she ever got to the top 10.. and Casey was never a fav of mine...I do like and listen to country music and I loved to hear both Scotty and Lauren. Voted for them both to help get the to the end. And I'm not a 12-15 yr old tinee bopper. My dear ol' 62 yr old dad picked Scotty as his fav right from the beginning!

      May 26, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      See Aunt M, THAT is your problem. You just said you liked country, you never mentioned any other kind of music so your opinion really doesn't count. You are not open to any other kind of music. Casey is a great case in point. He had more talent and more vision than ANY of the other contestents. Did he have the great big voice like James or the great melodic voice of Pia? No. but he brought pure entertainment to this show. So to say you thought Scotty was the best doesn't even come close to the truth. Purely on singing ability it should have been Pia and James in the final. Now THAT would have been great diversity and made it much more interesting than two young kids who sang country with Scotty having minimal talent.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  171. stevie68a

    Lauren will do better than Scotty. I'm disappointed that Scotty thanked his imaginary friend and lord. It reminds me of Kathy
    Griffin when she won her Emmy award, "Jesus had nothing to do with this". So very true.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa in NC

      you are sad he thanked the Lord??? for real??
      some of these comments are scary. im running for my bible now...

      May 26, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • MJ Shaw

      Stop with the "I thank the lord" stuff. God didn't help the one win, and God certainly didn't have anything to do with the other one losing. Saying one implies the other, and it's as simple as that. God had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT...

      May 26, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • BeeGee

      you people from the Bible Belt scare the hell out of the rest of the country.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • mom in MO

      I can't imagine why this is offense to "the rest of the country". So the kid thanks God for his voice, or for this opportunity... why does that bother you SO much that you have to comment on it. If he had said "thanks Mom and Dad for my DNA" would that have been better for you?
      Us "Bible Belt" folks are just as frightened... believe me....

      May 26, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • DEBBIE

      You need to open your eyes stevie68!!! God Bless Scottie and Lauren!! i'm going to say prayer for you!!

      May 26, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Talonvaki

      Ugh me too. Why give some mythical man in the sky the credit for your victory? That was your own hard work and good fortune that caused you to win, not your imaginary friend in the clouds. It's like it just made the whole thing so..I don't know. It devalued it somehow in my mind.

      James should have won it. Thing is, he's religious, too, but he doesn't make a big thing of it. He met his fiancee and the mother of his child in CHURCH when they were kids. But because he doesn't kiss a cross on national television, he's not worthy?

      This is why I'm proud to be living in a democratic, liberal, gay-marriage legal blue state, baby.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • really


      I seen James several times kiss his cross and point the sky in thanking God. I take it you didnt watch every week.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • drome

      you have to open your balls.

      May 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  172. castor man mexican

    keep metal alive!!! to hell hell with you all country bumkins

    May 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Josie

    Scotty is going to do extremely well as is Lauren!! All country artists from Idol are superstars. James Durbin and others will also do very well. My only hope and prayer is that they can all handle to sudden fame and fortune. Others have so they were trained well.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Evilqueen620

    I would have been happy with either one of them winning. It did become obvious tonight, though, that Scotty and Lauren are a couple. With his comment about them staying together, then telling her "love you babe", and then her kissing on him at the end. I think they would make beautiful music together and really hope that idea is in their future. They looked so cute together tonight. Congratulations to both of them for coming this far.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baker1

      That's a sweet, but at 16 & 17, one can hardly expect them to "stay together".

      May 26, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  175. Doris Lewis

    I thought it was a great season, enjoyed Jennifer and Steven giving the show a more positive note. Was very happy that Scotty won and that he and Lauren seemed happy for each other before and after the winner was announced! It is refreshing to see some character in our American Idol!

    May 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Phillip

    And in other news Lisa Respers France grabs a bucket of chicken and cuts a slice of watermelon before realizing her life is pretty meaningless if this is the kind of crap they assign her to write about.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom her neighbor Phillip simultaneously ponders why he wastes his nights trolling on CNN Entertainment blogs.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  177. kevin

    Here's a crazy idea! Push talent one degree back from the top of our usual discussion, The point is we have tons of talented singers in the world. What if this winner is just really, really SMART, although he seemed like a not-so-smart farmer from the sticks?

    What if this kid is as smart as Paul McCartney and John Lennon? What if he didn't win because of his high level of talent (indisputable), but because he was both talented AND really, really smart - so smart that he used strategy and focus to stay "on message"?

    He has always stayed true and loyal to who he is, and he just was who he was: a country boy. Seems simple, but it won him a big prize. This guy is not just talented, he's really smart. Give him his due. I love him for who he started out as, and stayed true to.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayBrown

      You mean like... be a crafty bamboozler? You mean like wear a cross and love Jesus, but simultaneously have no problem throwing Jaycee Badeaux under the bus?

      May 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jus sayin

      "stayin true" doesn't mean not progressing or showing diversity.

      May 26, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • candy inAz

      he has only one way of singing , country that doesn't make him smart or talented, he doesn't have much stage presants as well, he 's nice to listen to but horable to watch. That won't take him far. I won't buy his music. I'm 64 and like all music from hip hop to opera and everything in between.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  178. BillyDKidd

    By the way...To watch/listen to popular media you would think RAP rules the world...Right? But, why are they NEVER a factor in popularity contests such as AI? Could it possibly be more media propaganda being forced on us?

    May 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MusicMan

      RAP and HipHop are shoved down our Eustachian tubes by those who run the airwaves, but the genre only accounts for about 10% of all music sales, according to SoundScan. Probably less than that are AI viewers. So, obviously the genre doesn't have a snowball's chance of making it into the top 25 AI contestants.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  179. RobinS

    I voted for Scotty and loved Lauren as well....this season brought me back to Idol and the diversity of the talent is what made it so enjoyable...people will have their favorites, and not everyone will be happy, but remember the wonderful talent we witnessed and just enjoy it, all of it, no matter what kind of music you prefer....:)

    May 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  180. BillyDKidd

    The tweens win again. The13-15 year old girls have taken over AI thus this years winner. And, it gets worse.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa In NC

      i will ask you as i have asked others. you must tell me how you know 13-15 year olds make up the millions that voted for Scotty. For real. i am in my 40's and voted for him.
      get over it.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MusicMan

      Well, I'm 61 and I voted for the kid, too. I love how the know-it-alls blog here with such "wisdom" about the audience who watches and votes on AI. Obviously AI is hugely popular, hugely entertaining and hugely successful with all age groups.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      I'm 53 and I voted for Scotty!

      May 26, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      I'm 69 and I voted for Scotty!!! Loved him from the start!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • westwring

      Some people obviously like the sound of Deputy Dog singing through a belch. Scotty nails that one every time.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      MusicMan, the know-it-alls are correct. Scotty sucked. He sounded the same each and every song. Nothing different about him. There were at least 5 other people much better than him including Thia, Pia, James, Casey, and Haley who were much more versatile. Teeny-boppers and the christian south is what put him over strickly because he was a good little christian boy and sang country. That was the ONLY reason he won. Of course we all know the truth now don't we.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      @bruce looks like you should have voted more for your favorites then. Scotty won get over it.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Debi

      Not only the teenie boppers as people claim were voting for Scotty. A lot of older more mature adults were voting for him too. We aren't looking for screamers, growlers, or the just down right dull performances. Scotty and Lauren are very talented and I truly believe we will watch them grown into great singers. James was good, but he's not what america is looking for.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hola

      I'm 31 and voted for him, you dumba$$.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  181. AHanson

    I stopped watching pretty early in the season for lack of talent – even Steven couldnt keep me watching :(. I'm not surprised the christian kid won with the popularity of the beiber. Hopefully for him, the CW people will embrace him.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa In NC

      Loves that the All American "Christian kid" won. Cant believe you say that as if it is a bad thing.
      That is really sad. I think i will say a small prayer for you right now....

      May 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Scotty Did It

    Well last night was horrible and tonight made up for it all. A most amazing ever final tally show full of talent and excitement. Highlights were J LO and Marc Anthony, Tom Jones, Judas Priest and best of all Steven Tyler performing! Was thrilled that Scotty won even though I truly believe James Durbin is still the winner. It was obvious with his performance this evening. He is just on another planet. Good Job AI and good riddens Simon Cowel.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paco

      The word is "riddance." The staggering amount of ignorance on these message boards is unbelievable. If you can't spell the word, for God’s sake, either don't use it or use spell check like everyone else in the 21st Century. .

      May 26, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Paco, and you care why? Does misspellings bother you taht much? This is the internet, GET USED TO IT! If you don't like it, guess what? don't come on the boards and read people's opinions. You must be some old fart english teacher with nothing better to do.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Webster

      No, Paco is correct. This is the language you all supposedly speak as natives. Ignorance is not ok.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Paco

      No, Bruce. I'm a 27yr old immigrant, newly-minted American citizen, and English is my 2nd language. I take it you are a product of the American school system? The type who uses "it be du interwebs" as an excuse to project your ignorance? And Americans wonder why the rest of the world sees us as stupid, lazy and ill-informed about anything outside of a couch potatoe's life.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • llama

      Paco, it is actually "potato's."

      May 26, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • drome

      anal rotundum.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      @paco; hey dude spell check would'nt have caught the word ridden for which he meant riddance, but thank you for the grammer lesson. what would we do without our friends from mexico.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  183. jim moore

    the best season so far, scotty was great from the very start. from number 8 down they were all so outstanding. being 67 i just couldn't wait for the next show to show, so even old people are viewing this young group of american talent. carrie underwood sing at many county fairs, so "dogs rule" see you at the fair.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      @jim moore – u are not the only "old geezer" who loved the show and the talent this year. I'm 68 and my husband is 64 and we BOTH cheered when Scotty won!!

      May 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      I'm 68, and I never miss it. I think most of the final 7 or 8 will have big careers.

      May 26, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  184. Machelle (Mach5555)

    I was a James Durbin and Haley Reinhart fan. I actually think the fact that it came down to these 2 was a bit ridiculous and contrived. Looking forward to James, Haley and some others having strong careers...

    May 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • UnMerc

      I was a big fan of Haley from the first week in hollywood, and I thought James would actually win. But again, as many posters agree, the country vote, and the young teenage girl vote is powerful stuff. I liked Haley's voice and her edgy maturity far more than Lauren's and James will end up being the biggest star from the whole season. I plan to buy Haley and James' albums when they come out. Rock on!

      May 26, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I totally agree with you on James and Haley. The whole contest was between them. I don't know how Scotty and Lauren became the top two.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      I agree with you machelle. I won't waste time nest year watching

      May 26, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Agreed. They were the most versatile and overall talented, factoring in stage presence, charisma, vocal range, and diversity. James may have been the overall best that I've ever seen on the show, and Haley was a unique talent and a breath of fresh air.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I never really like Haley much, but I loved Lauren from day 1. I like Casey and James and Scotty and Pia (who I thought had the best chance vs. Lauren) and Scotty was enjoyable, but I didn't think he'd make the top 5....

      May 26, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Wondering

      Last night, when the finalists were able to have their teachers join them and present them with cars at the finale, they presented them with the invitation on their trip home, obviously, from the footage. Did Haley get the same opportunity and it wasn't publicized? I wonder if her favorite teacher was in the audience. If not, at the time that the two teachers were invited, we hadn't even voted for the top two yet. How did they know which two schools would be working for the chance to win an extra $10,000 by test driving the Focus, which they then presented to the teachers? They didn't have time to go home twice, so this was done during top 3.

      I'm not about conspiracy theories, but this one reeks.

      May 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Karen

    Flabergasted! Didn't even think he would make top 10. I had my votes on Casey. Dude rocked! Over all enjoyable season and all of them are winners to some degree with the experience and exposure.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  186. marty

    Scotty is a born entertainer owns the stage. I hope he makes a great career from this remember he is only 16 which is amazing. I think Lauren will have a career too, both 16. At 16 I couldn't even stand in front of my class to do a report without freezing up! I think a few of them will have some kind of career but I was so glad Casey didn't win never got the whole Casey craze. I think James will fade into the sunset. So won't Jacob unless he gets a Broadway show. But good luck to them all they are so young and so talented.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Layla

    Lauren was my favorite at the end, but Scotty is wonderful. There are no losers here. This season was my favorite...good group, great judges, lots of interaction and laughs. And the best talent all in one bunch ever.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      It was a great season! I found it hard to believe the amount of talent they came up with this year! I was rooting for James, but if someone else won, I was hoping it would be Scotty – and it WAS! Congratulations to the newest country legend ...and at the age of 17! Wow!

      May 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • PK

      Scotty was interviewed following the show and was asked about Lauren, he very shyly stated "We're good friends". I don't believe they are boyfriend and girlfriend, but the two, being so young and both country singers, kind of hung out together. On their duets their voices come together. Don't be surprised to hear one of those duets on his first album. What was refreshing about Scotty was, he was not a cowboy singer. He is a country singer. I think there is quite a difference. I do believe Lauren should layoff singing until her voice is healed and then stay in a lower range. Both will do well.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  188. BeeGee

    okay, I cheated. Here on the West Coast, we have not yet seen the show.
    Color me uber disappointed! Neither one of these kids should have been in the finale. The votes are coming in from children, middle American, raised in Republican households children. They're not voting on talent, obviously. Kris Allen was a winner, too and the dude was so not memorable. I'm done with stupid show

    May 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa In NC

      obviously your definition of talent differs from mine. both finalists are young and eager to grow.. I look forward to hearing from them both in the future...
      I am also really impressed that you know where all 122 million votes came from last night. *rolls eyes*

      May 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lolafo

      Well, I guess by your post you just showed how ignorant you are......typical left-winger.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      i totally agree with beegee, the show is a joke !! how in the hell does this little twerp win ?

      May 26, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • SCOTT

      I would venture to say that the majority of 122 million votes came from young squeeling giggling 11 to 15 year old girls who haven't even reached puberty yet. I can just hear them saying, "Oh Scotty, Oh Scotty, giggle giggle giggle, heee heee heee. We don't know anything about talent, but we love you and want you to be our BF and marry us some day. Cry cry giggle giggle, we are so in love with Scotty and we're only 13 year old girls, giggle giggle."

      May 26, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I agree with you Beegee.
      Scotty is a good singer but he sound the same in every song he sings. I believe that Lauren was more versitile and able to sing somthing else other than just country. I wish Scotty and Lauren well!

      May 26, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Nek

      Must politics always enter the discussion. Geez, get a life.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • PK

      I am an 83 year old woman who can't stand country! But I chose Scooty the first time I heard him. Othr country singers can't hold a candle to him. The problem with Lauren is, at 15 she will lose her voice if she keeps trying to reach those high notes. he vocal chords ar not mature yet and won't be until she's in her 20's. At the rate she's going her voice will be completely gone unless she stays in her range.Scotty stuck to his guns an deserved to win!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Um, yeah, they all came from Republican households. That is the most idiotic statement I've ever heard. You are a complete moron. First Obozo now you. It just shows the ignorance of this country.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Haley Fan

      I agree Scotty is a one trick pony. It could have been either of them that one. It really should have been a Haley/James finale. maybe it would have been a little more exciting. I thought the show was dull and boring with a few good performances thrown in, but for 2 hours it wasn't worth it. American Idol is a joke, the judges don't know how to judge all they do is pick their favorites – hail praise all over them no matter what they do/don't do. I can't remember the last season that the most talented one ended up the winner – maybe Season 1.....

      May 26, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob in MO

      'Typical left-winger'? 'Obozo'? I think Beegee was idiotic in what he said but enough already with the stereotyping and disrespect. Scotty proved he can hang with Tim McGraw and Nashville will keep him busy for quite awhile; great voice for that genre. I was less impressed with Lauren mostly because she gets pitchy and doesn't have the same strength of voice; she got toasted in her duet with Carrie Underwood. James D. has more raw talent and Haley has a more versatile and polished voice. Was disappointed that it wasn't Haley vs. Scotty, but his duet with Tim McGraw was worth it.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      I think it is funny when people say scotty sounded the same in every song he sang. Axel Rose, meat loaf, so on and so forth all sound the same in the songs they sing. Unreal. Scotty and Lauren had a good following, Scotty\Lauren was in my top 5 but I didnt have them slated to win, I had picked James, In the final 3 I really wished that Haley would have won after james was booted, Scotty got the votes, Lauren is happy for him and they are dating each other, I see big things from both of them.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • ase

      Bruce – GO DIE – moron

      May 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mar

      James is famous ONLY in America(well, mainly)... Scotty is famous INTERNATIONALLY.. Cause his genre can relate to a bigger audience.... AND AND AND.... You haters seem OH SOOO jealous of this kid. You are narrow- minded. GET A LIIFE.

      May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  189. ScottinSC

    This was a fun season with a lot of unique characters and surprises. I get a kick out of all the critics. It's a TV show, folks – entertainment. I like watching just to see these kids basically live a dream – and on finale night it's fun to see them sing with all these legends and personal heroes. For the critics – lighten up and learn how to have fun a little bit. Enjoy watching these kids!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Brian Thayer

    Either way they all will be on your way past June wish more people knew something.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Lindy

    I'm disappointed that Lauren didn't win but think alot of the AI people will do well regardless. Just a bit of a bummer...was hoping Lauren would win it all!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  192. chris corbett

    i am in san francisco, and the show isn't even on yet. so, the boy won? they were both outstanding!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  193. iv

    greetings from haiti. I was not a huge county music fan but I loved scotty from day one. Soooo happy he won and i think he will have a great career. Go scotty!!!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • direk

      i'm no country music fan either but i am a big, big fan of scotty. the personality, the poise and yes, the principles...all these make for one outstanding person. a great role model, a true "idol"! (and his singing sure doesn't hurt my ears any!) scotty, we love you this BIG!

      May 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dtcpr

      I agree! I normally do not like country music but I have always liked Scotty! He seems like such a good kid, his parents must be so proud. I think that as long as he doesn't stray from the path he has carved for himself (andI don't think he will) he will be a big country star AND a great role model for teens/pre-teens. I voted for him every week and I am in my 20s. My parents both of them in their late 50s also loved Scotty, (and we live in NY, not the south) so it wasn't just teeny boppers!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • mrskool

      Scotty will go far ... just like Taylor Hick ... LOL !! 🙂

      May 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ase

      geez – howdy doody is so f'n BORING – I HATE him

      May 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Pat in IL

    Fantastic show tonight! I could have done without Lady Gaga, but the rest was really good, and I loved the pairings. Casey and Jack Black were so fun! I think both first and second place winners will do well, but I think that James Durbin will end up being the real winner.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      I agree with you Pat! I really thought he might win it, but whatever he ends up doing will probably be successful – he's a true performer! Not bad for a guy with Tourette's and high fuctioning autism! Good for you James!!

      May 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      I agree with you Pat totally. Durbin has already been on Leno and GMA. He was great on Leno. I think this group will all go far.

      May 26, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • kim

      Yeah, the show was great. Good entertainment.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Regardless that the outcome was Scotty winning, guess what? I agree the real winner nationally will be James Derbin. He is way more talented than the last 3 finalists. I think he will be an international superstar.

      I think the fact that Scotty won is a DIRECT RESULT of every 12 to 15 year old school girl in the nation called and texted over and over. He's like a teenie boppie heart throb. His talent, hmmmmm, it's good, but he won't be a superstar like James Derbin will. I tink Scotty's a fad that will pass as these pre-puberescent teens grow past him.

      May 26, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott in Pa

      I have to disagree with a lot of the posts about James Durbin. He may make some music but probably with some 80's heavy metal band touring for the last time but with the heavy rock music that he wants to produce it just isn't going to fly these days. The winner of Idol is Scotty McCreery and he will be huge on the country music scene!!!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • BB

      Agreed on James. He was clearly the best. I enjoyed Casey too. Wish them both well.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Analgesia

      my nights burn with desire! i have seen the magazines, and sweet lava vomit burns the open 12345. cats fly! HIS EARS ARE HUGE!!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Yes, James was the best singer AND the best performer. Most of his performances had a "real concert" feel, it was easy to forget that he was singing in a talent show. Stage presence is important. He had the most versatile voice, singing Judas Priest, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder equally spot on. Talented 'genre' singers are common, and America's fickle voting audience generally picks one of them to win it, though, instead of voting for the best overall performer. Internet marketing and image grooming have corrupted any purity left to the show. Don't be surprised to see Scotty toys in happy meals. lol. Steven Tyler was vastly entertaining, but lost his edge as a judge and became a fan of all of them by week 10. He may have thought he was being kind and benevolent, but was actually depriving them of valuable criticism and advice from a seasoned veteran and rock legend.

      May 26, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • yONKERS

      James was the best singer AND the best performer. Most of his performances had a "real concert" feel, it was easy to forget that he was singing in a talent show. Stage presence is important. He had the most versatile voice, singing Judas Priest, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder equally spot on. Talented 'genre' singers are common, and America's fickle voting audience generally picks one of them to win it, though, instead of voting for the best overall performer. Internet marketing and image grooming have corrupted any purity left to the show. Don't be surprised to see Scotty toys in happy meals. lol. Steven Tyler was vastly entertaining, but lost his edge as a judge and became a fan of all of them by week 10. He may have thought he was being kind and benevolent, but was actually depriving them of valuable criticism and advice from a seasoned veteran and rock legend.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Metal music is too limiting and is on its way out. Country is also a limiting genre but has been around a long, long time. Scotty's career should have more durability than James'. Now if James would only broaden himself I would reverse my opinion because James really has more talent.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • lana

      James was the most chasmatic prerformer on American Idol, and he showed it last night. Yes, he needs to boarden his music, and metal has gone by the wayside some years back. As I am typing this Alex Jones on PrisionPlant just played James Durbin Muse song. Rock on James Good Luck to Scotty & Lauren I hope all the American Idol Season 2011 find their place in music.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jian

      Does Metal sell?????????.
      HEYYYYY!!!!! James does NOT have a consistantly melodic good strong voice. . James screeching out of tune does not make you a better rocker.

      May 27, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  195. Peace

    I think we're gonna see a lot of a few of them! AI had some real unique people this year. This season went by very quickly! Thanks again for the live blogs, Lisa! Good eve all !

    May 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Moose

      Enjoyed the live blogs and my fav won. Congrats Scotty. I was so nervous that the judges would get their way. Well, they rooted boldly enough for Lauren.......but, the voters won the day!

      May 26, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Speaking of the judges! Steven Tyler BLEW me away! Fantastic!

      May 26, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • sidoj

      Lauren should have won not Scotty. Lauren is much more capable and can do anything. Scotty sounds the same all the time and can't do anything except Country ballards.

      May 26, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bb

      You are right, Gary. Scotty is the Mad Magazine guy impersonate. And they call THAT singing? America has lost all taste.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Absolutely ridiculous!!! Lauren should have won. Should only allow one vote per person. Young girls just voting for Scotty because he's a guy shows they are not voting for the talent.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Gary, I told my wife last week that Scotty reminds me of Alfred E. Neuman. LOL I guess we're showing our age because I doubt if the young kids nowadays even knows what we are talking about.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • LB in OK

      I think Scotty & Lauren should make an album together. They really do great when they sing duos. They also make a cute couple. James Durbin will go far, we haven't heard the last of him. Really enjoyed Steven Tyler & JLo being on Idol, they made the show this year. They are true entertainers & know what it takes to make it. They offered wise criticism without being destructive. Best Judges ever.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      (Yawn.) Yet ANOTHER forgettable and semi-talented young male contestant "wins" the season.

      Anyone remember the names of the guys who won the past two years? (I don't.) Anyone heard of any recent CD's they've released? Concerts they've given? (I haven't.)

      In any case, Howdy Doody will undoubtedly release his first CD in a few months, and then, disappear, like the previous two year's "winners." (If he's lucky, he MIGHT get invited to peform at some state/county fairs after that.)

      May 26, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      Scotty was not my fav and I really think Lauren should have won. Scotty is not a seasoned singer, but I do wish him well. I look forward to seeing great things from Lauren, Haley and James. Can't wait for next year! Congrats to everyone!

      May 26, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BushMcCreery

      As far as english goes “I love you this big” is right up there with “Is our children learning”

      If you haven’t seen the hilarious pictures of Scotty McCreery looking just like George W Bush you are missing some funny stuff, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw these comparison pictures!

      Check out the Scotty vs Bush pictures here!:

      May 26, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • joni

      This was a GREAT season, all the contestants were so good and talented, and the Judges were wonderful. The show was fun to watch this time. No bickering between judges, and wasted time for the viewers. the Season Finale was Superb. Lots of fun stars performing and the Idol contestants were all Good.
      Congratulations to Scotty, he deserved it. Loved the whole season.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • carlotta

      I'm glad Scotty won over Lauren. even tho she sounded the best she ever had tuesday night, she is often pitchy and sometimes a little flat, making the sound irritating. This was the first time I have agreed with the outcome.

      May 26, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Didn't know it had become Country Idol all of a sudden. Sorry, but very dissappointed. James Durbin was not only the most talented but the most original as well. Thought we were picking a pop/rock star. Thought he fit the bill the best. I would buy one of his albums. Can't say that about the 2 country kiddies.

      May 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Throughout the "final 13" portion of the seson we witnessed a fiasco in the voting process. Yes, record votes were cast, but block voting by a single person, and the exessive influence of the "10-15 year old female demographic" who always vote for the cute young guy, regardless of talent and potential for success and longevity in the music business, creates a winner out of someone who should have left the stage at the number 6 or 5 spot. Clearly, James Durbin, Haley Rinehart, Pia Toscano, and Lauren Alaina will have greater careers and than the narrow-ranged Scotty. All-in-all, it was a great season, though. Chanegs in the show's judges, coashing of contestants, wardrobe managers, and supporting band all paid off, creating great buzz around the country and the best season yet, and securing AI's place on TV for at least another 5 years.

      May 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neoplatonic

      I can see the Alfred E. Newman references, but I kept thinking he looked like a young George W.; wide-eyed, country, baffled, and out of touch. He's clearly more of a tool bag than he is an artist. It's truly sad that this is America's pick.

      May 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Pia should have won and James second, but this wasn't a talent contest, it was a popularity contest. Going by talent Scotty should have been about 10th.

      May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kris

      I'M GLAD SCOTTY WON OVER LAUREN. There's already a carrie underwood and kelly clarkson. SCOTTY WILL STAND OUT. HE'S A PROMISING TALENT. WHAT AN AMAZING VOICE!!!

      May 27, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |

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