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Scotty McCreery wins “American Idol” – What’s next for country star?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Scotty McCreery prevailed over Lauren Alaina in a relatively unsurprising “American Idol” finale.

Do you think “Idol” voters have a type? Over the last three seasons, a safe, white male has prevailed over either a female or flamboyantly gay competitor …. even though, in the case of contestants Adam Lambert, Crystal Bowersox and Alaina, they were the superior talent.

But talent only goes so far in “Idol.” It all comes down to phone calls, and I’m convinced its teenage girls who are sitting at home and voting, leading to wins for handsome, talented but somewhat generic contestants like McCreery, David Cook, Lee Dwyze and Kris Allen (the latter two accomplishing what, exactly, since leaving the show?)

Not to knock McCreery, a wonderful Southern kid from my home state who no doubt will have a bright future in country music. Showing his ingrained warmth and Southern hospitality, McCreery even showed Alaina much respect during the finale.

“Last night, watching her sing I thought she could really take this thing and run a long way with it,” he said after the show. “In that moment I kept saying, ‘Lauren’s got this. She’s such a sweetheart, and we’ve grown so close.'”

Alaina went so far as to call McCreery her best friend.

Maybe after the “Idol” tour, they’ll co-headline their own country music tour. It would rule Nashville’s world.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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