By Lea Michelle Cash –
It took America, two days and 122 million votes to crown the North Carolina native, country western crooner, Scotty McCreery, 17 the next American Idol. The excitement mounted and the hoopla soared, as America wondered who would be their winner—Scotty or 16-year-old Lauren Alaina from Georgia. I was there the nights that my favorites won Idol: Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and now Scotty. I saw them each, minutes after their crowning achievement. I have brought into the excitement and for me ten years later—it never gets old. This year’s top 13 are amazing talented individuals.
My sister said from day one the winner was going to Scotty. Her prediction came true on May 25, 2011 as Scotty’s dream came true.
This year’s finale held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was a spectacular show.
From Beyonce to Kirk Franklin, from Tim McGraw to Steven Tyler the idol stage rocked with musicians in all their glory. Even the legends Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Tom Bennett and Bono stepped out to share their recognizable voices. The results of these combinations produced unforgettable performances.
What struck me as wonderful this year were the families that gathered. There were children and tweens everywhere throughout the Staple Center areas. Hundreds of dads holding the hand of their daughters decked out in tiaras and princess gear holding their creative signs drawn featuring their favorite Idol. American Idol judges, Steve Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson along with Jimmy Levine had guided the Idol’s all season. A humbled Scotty throughout the competition listened to their wisdom and improved as time flew by.
It is interesting to note, one day after winning the American Idol title, Scotty’s debut single, “I Love You This Big” was the #1 song on iTunes.
America got it right. “They always do,” says Ryan Seacrest, the show’s loved host and tween heartthrob.
If you think that, you have what it takes to be America’s next idol. Season 11 2012 tryouts will be held on July 8, 2011 in San Diego.
The location and time is to be announced so check out the idol website.
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