‘American Idol’ crowns Scotty McCreery winner

Scotty McCreery performs at the &quotAmerican Idol" finale on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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Scotty McCreery performs at the "American Idol" finale on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Posted May 25, 2011, at 10:32 p.m.
Last modified May 26, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Scotty McCreery is the new “American Idol,” defeating fellow country crooner Lauren Alaina.

McCreery, a fresh-faced 17-year-old from Garner, N.C., with a strikingly deep voice, received more viewer votes than Alaina, a peppy 16-year-old from Rossville, Ga.

It was the first all-country finale for the Fox singing contest, now in its 10th season.

McCreery’s victory Wednesday continued a recent pattern: He’s the fourth male in a row to win “Idol.” The last female to win was 17-year-old Jordin Sparks in 2007.

Alaina competed in Tuesday’s final sing-off despite a vocal cord injury that required medical treatment. She received raves from the judges, who said she won the night. But the consistently popular McCreery claimed the title and a record contract.

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