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.