Thursday, May 26, 2011

The country singer Scotty McCreery is the new American Idol (+ photos and video)

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (Reuters) - The country singer and voice serious Scotty McCreery won on Wednesday the tenth season of "American Idol", beating Lauren Alaina, who had been considered the favorite for the contest judges face to the final. McCreery, 17, hugged the contestants of "Idol" season and his family after host Ryan Seacrest declared him winner of the televised singing competition.

"Never in my wildest dreams. First I thank God. He brought me here, "said McCreery. Cashier of a grocery store in Garner, North Carolina, McCreery sang the theme that will become their first single before a packed audience and the television broadcast, then attempted to catch the rain of confetti that fell on him with his mouth.

A record 122 million votes were made through phone calls, text messages and internet after McCreery and Alaina, both country-music performers made their final presentation on Tuesday, bringing the total score of the season to about 730 million. Alaina, 16, emerged as the favorite on Thursday on Tuesday after a stirring rendition of a song dedicated to his mother.

But some predicted that McCreery, 17, would be the winner based on responses from viewers of "Idol" on Twitter. The results were announced after a live two-hour full of stars that included presentations by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Judas Priest, and even new judges Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

McCreery won over the audience during the season with his deep voice and elegant appearance on stage that belies its youth. He is the first country musician to win the contest since Carrie Underwood won the title in 2005 and became the winner of "Idol" most successful in terms of money raised by selling records and touring.

McCreery's triumph completes four consecutive years in which a man has won the competition. As the new "American Idol" McCreery won a recording contract with Universal Music Group label. In its tenth year, "American Idol" has been a giant ratings for Fox and the most watched television program in America for the past seven years.

By Nichola Groom

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