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'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery: 'I'm on Top of the World Right Now!'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 26th 2011 5:30AM
Scotty McCreeryAfter being crowned 'American Idol' Season 10 champ last night, teenage country singer Scotty McCreery headed backstage to talk to reporters about his momentous victory. How does it feel to be crowned 'American Idol'?

McCreery told 'Entertainment Weekly' that, "[It] feels absolutely amazing. I mean, I'm on top of the world right now. It's just a moment I'll never forget."

The 17-year old said that while he had allowed himself to dream of winning the title, he'd managed to push those thoughts to one side and concentrate instead on the competition.

"You've got to control that. You've got to focus on what's ahead and focus on the song you're singing that week. Luckily, it's gotten me here."

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Last Night's 'American Idol' Performance Left Lauren Alaina Unable to Speak

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 25th 2011 7:50AM
Lauren AlainaLauren Alaina gave it all she had in her 'American Idol' finale performance last night, but it left her unable to speak afterward.

Alaina is reportedly suffering from laryngitis, and producers were so concerned about the state of her voice yesterday that recently booted contestant Haley Reinhart was brought in as a last-minute substitute in case she couldn't perform.

Luckily, she didn't have to withdraw, but the show's on-site physician reported that she "blew out one of her vocal chords" during rehearsal, and that he "gave her a lot of medicine" to help her perform.

According to Access Hollywood, the strain placed on her voice meant that Alaina had to resort to communicating via pen and paper at the post-show press conference last night. Her rival, Scotty McCreery, gallantly lent a hand, reading her notes aloud to the assembled reporters.

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Scotty McCreery Reaches High in His Quest for the 'American Idol' Title (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 12:47AM
Scotty McCreery, 'American Idol'It was a packed hour as 'American Idol' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX) kicked off its finale week, one night early. Assuming everybody remembered to tune in, they were treated to three songs each by the finalists, and even a special performance by a former 'Idol' winner.

The final round of singing featured new songs that would become the respective singles of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, should they win the competition. But we have a sneaking suspicion both songs will get released, anyway.

McCreery was given 'Love You This Big,' which was a little kitschy in the title and premise, but allowed him to showcase both the low end and the higher end of his register; a fact that was appreciated by judge Randy Jackson.

The 'American Idol' Season 10 finale airs Wednesday, 8PM ET on FOX.

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David Cook Closes 'American Idol' Performance Show With His Farewell Song (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 12:12AM
David Cook, 'American Idol'All season long, we've heard David Cook's remake of Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' as the farewell song for eliminated contestants. Since this marks the final week of 'American Idol' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX), we won't get the chance to hear it again as the winner will be crowned.

So Season 7 winner David Cook appeared with his band to close out the show by giving us a live performance of the single. On a night of country music, it was almost startling to hear his smooth rock vocals, but we quickly recovered and remembered how great he was on 'Idol.'

Behind Cook, we got a montage of memories from this 10th season of 'American Idol,' and it was bittersweet seeing some of our favorite moments passing by -- please come back next season, Jacee Badeaux!

The 'American Idol' season finale airs tomorrow night at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Lauren Alaina Sings For Her Mother, Wins Over the Judges, on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 12:02AM
Lauren Alaina, 'American Idol'It was a night of wall-to-wall music on a special Tuesday installment of 'American Idol' (Tue., 8PM ET on FOX). With but a single hour to pack in three rounds of competition between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, there was hardly time to even get judges' comments in, much less create emotional moments.

For the third round, though, Alaina managed to do just that with a perfectly suited song: 'Like My Mother Does.' In-house mentor Jimmy Iovine chose the song, which we're told will become her single if she wins the season. We have a feeling it might just get released even if she comes in second, though.

Ironically, 'Like My Mother Does' was first released first on Season 7 finalist Kristy Lee Cook's album.

The 'American Idol' Season 10 finale airs Wednesday, 8PM ET on FOX.

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Interview: 'American Idol' Winner Lee DeWyze -- He Did It His Way

by Kim Potts, posted May 28th 2010 11:07PM
That Lee DeWyze is one chatty dude. Sure, winning 'American Idol' is probably gonna put you in a good mood, but as he gave lengthy, well thought out answers about his past, present and future in a press conference call earlier Friday, one thing became clear: If the 'Idol' producers want to know one thing they should improve upon next season, it's giving viewers the chance to get to know the contestants a little better.

In seasons past, we had a good feel for the contestants' personalities, especially as the Top 12 got smaller and smaller and each singer got more screen time. In season 9, not so much, which is why almost every post-elimination night interview with the contestants this season ended with almost all of them proving to be much savvier, more engaging, more confident and more interesting than they ever appeared to be on the 'Idol' stage.

Food for thought 'Idol' producers ...

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Crystal Bowersox on Breaking Up With Her Boyfriend and Predicting Lee's Victory

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 28th 2010 6:45PM
Crystal BowersoxCrystal Bowersox, a 24-year-old single mom from Ohio, was the clear front-runner for most of season 9, with such memorable performances as 'People Get Ready' (tear!), 'Me and Bobby McGee' and 'Come to My Window.'

But in the end, she was defeated by another 24-year-old guitarist: Lee DeWyze, a paint salesman from Chicago.

Still, Bowersox made a lasting impression on America, and even though she didn't take home the title on Wednesday, she still feels like a winner.

Earlier today, talented and driven mama talked to the press about her intuition that DeWyze would win the 'Idol' crown, her struggle with diabetes and her break-up with her boyfriend the day of the finale.

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SomethingPitchy Broadcast: The DeWyze Choice?

by Andrew Scott, posted May 27th 2010 4:51PM
Lee DeWyzeIt was a long and grueling season, but SomethingPitchy made it all the way to the end to see paint salesman Lee DeWyze be crowned the next 'American Idol.'

Did Lee actually deserve to win? That's just one of many hot-button topics on the table in this final episode of the season. Also up for discussion: Simon's farewell, the return of Paula Abdul and whether season 9 really was 'Idol''s worst season ever.

Watch the video after the jump, then be sure to check back next week for a very special bonus episode of SomethingPitchy, with 'American Idol' runner-up David Archuleta.

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Alex Lambert's Guest Blog: 'Idol' Finale and Second Chances

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 27th 2010 4:20PM
Alex LambertAlex Lambert finished in the Top 24 on this season of 'Idol.' Many viewers were shocked by his elimination and felt he'd gone too early -- enough to gain the attention of Simon Fuller, who offered Lambert a spot in the 'If I Can Dream' house.

which airs 24/7 or in segments on Hulu.com, centers around a group of actors, musicians and models living together while honing their crafts and searching for fame.

Lambert, who joined
Something Pitchy's podcast last week, guest-blogged about attending the 'Idol' finale and what life has been like for him post-'Idol.'

It's been a month and a half since my run on 'American Idol' ended. Just enough time for me to be able to be there at last night's 'Idol' finale and really enjoy it without feeling too much regret.

A lot of great stars performed last night. A couple of the highlights for me, personally: I really liked Bret Michaels. I thought he was amazing, and his performance with Casey [James] was great. Janet Jackson was super hot, and it was so great to see her perform live. Also, the red carpet was legit! I got to meet a lot of people I've been dying to meet!

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Where Was David Cook Among the 'American Idol' Winners?

by Andrew Scott, posted May 26th 2010 10:40PM
Departing judge Simon Cowell was supposed to be the center of attention in the 'American Idol' season 9 finale. But ironically, it was the former 'American Idol' winners who stole the show during his special farewell tribute segment, which also featured the return of former judge Paula Abdul.

In a true show-stopping moment, winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen took to the stage to sing 'Together We Are One' by Delta Goodrem, during which they were joined by a revolving door of 'Idol' finalists that included everyone from Kimberly Caldwell to Constantine Maroulis and, yes, Justin Guarini.

Noticeably absent, though, was season 7 winner David Cook -- the only 'Idol' winner who did not take part in the group performance. According to Twitter, Cook was attending a charity event for cancer in Kansas City. An official word from Cook's camp has yet to be released.

Check out the clip after the jump.

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'American Idol' Winner 2010 Is Lee DeWyze

by Donald Deane, posted May 26th 2010 10:00PM
Who won 'American Idol' season 9? After 17 weeks of 'Idol' performances, Lee DeWyze captured the 'American Idol' crown in the finale over Crystal Bowersox.

Some fans may be mystified that DeWyze took the crown as the next 'Idol,' especially after his performances Tuesday night, where he often sang out of tune, looked uncomfortable onstage and mustered only a negligible amount of energy. Bowersox, on the other hand, did everything right and sounded terrific. And yet, DeWyze garnered the popular vote and emerged victorious.

Watch the reveal after the jump.

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'American Idol' Season 9 Finale Predictions: Who Will Win?

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 26th 2010 10:47AM

Well, the end is finally here.

The dust has settled, the last notes have faded away and Ryan Seacrest has delivered his final witty bon mot. But while there's still plenty of pomp and theatrics still to come as the show welcomes its usual array of guest performers and bids farewell to Simon Cowell, for most fans, there's only one question left: Who will win?

Of course, last night's performances would seem to favor Crystal Bowersox, who turned in some of her best work of the season while Lee DeWyze ... well, did the best he could with some songs that didn't necessarily showcase his strengths. Crystal's rendition of 'Up to the Mountain' was one of the highlights of the year, which is saying something considering Crystal has been consistently excellent right from the get go.

But we all know that the best performances don't necessarily translate into the most votes. So who has the edge?

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MJ's Take: The Final 2: It's Crystal Bowersox in a Knockout

by MJ Santilli, posted May 26th 2010 9:08AM
Let's have a moment of silence for ... the big cheesy coronation single. The biggest surprise this very last week of Idol? Instead of being handed a brand new (always awful) song to sing, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox were given the opportunity to sing a cover in competition, with the eventual winner releasing that song as the winner's single.

I complain about the dreck-filled cliche-ridden coronation singles every year. Now that they're gone? Hm. I might be missing them a little! Well, maybe not. Heh.

Crystal chose Patti Griffin's 'Up to the Mountain' -- a gorgeous song that Kelly Clarkson famously performed with Jeff Beck on the very first 'Idol Gives Back' show in season 6. Crystal nailed it, took it to church, hit it out of the ballpark. You name the cliche--she killed it. Easily the moment of the season. And, in a perfect world, that performance would seal the win for Crystal.

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'American Idol' Season 9 Finale to Have "Something ... for Everybody"

by Anna Dimond, posted May 25th 2010 10:44PM
Who will America choose? On Wednesday, 'American Idol' will crown its winner in the season 9 finale, which pits all-American Lee DeWyze against vocal powerhouse Crystal Bowersox.

With the annual red carpet glamour kicking things off Wednesday (May 26, 6PM ET on Fox), the extravaganza will feature requisite group performances with the entire top 12, as well as duets, guest performances and a bevy of other acts that have yet to be revealed.

As the flurry of preparation picks up pace, the gurus responsible for orchestrating the season's last show are working overtime to make the magic happen. "It's like summer camp," said Michael Orland, the associate music director for 'Idol.' "It is really my favorite time(of the season), because you bond so much with all the contestants, and they all go so quick. Now they're back, and it's almost like they never left."

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The Final Showdown: Crystal vs. Lee. Roll the Tape!

by Donald Deane, posted May 25th 2010 9:52PM
This is it! After months and months of competition, the field of hopefuls has been whittled down to Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, each vying for the coveted title of the next 'American Idol.'

The contestants performed three songs each during Tuesday night's final performance show -- a song of their own choice, a song selected by executive producer Simon Fuller and a song that will become the winner's first single.

Unfortunately, DeWyze's vocals were inconsistent throughout the night. He fell in and out of tune, and he was even accused by the judges of not having enough energy. Bowersox, however, powered through her performances and sang with real heart. This was no more apparent than when both performed the songs meant to be their first singles should they win.

Watch Crystal and Lee's performances after the jump.

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