Photo: Scotty McCreery wins 10th season of American Idol
As the lights dimmed on Wednesday’s season finale of American Idol, with more than 122.4 million votes counted for the final two contestants, host Ryan Seacrest opened the golden enveloped and announced that Scotty McCreery was season American Idol’s season 10 winner.
The 17-year-old from Garner, North Carolina, became the first Latino to win the win the national competition.
The country crooner was honest when asked earlier this month about his Boricua roots.
“Is it true that you are Puerto Rican, Scotty?” asked Seacrest.
“Yes, I’m Puerto Rican,” McCreery said with a smile. “I have a little J. Lo in me.”
After hearing his name called as the winner, McCreery nearly dropped to his knees. And as the confetti was falling, close friend and runner-up Lauren Alaina, 16, planted a big smooch on the winner.
Though the kiss raised questions about the two being a couple, McCreery told Entertainment Tonight, “Still single,” but he did say that he and Lauren have “gotten really close, but I don’t know about the more-than-friends stuff.”
Well, he’s made America’s Latinos proud, and is sure to have a any number of ladies to choose from, though his busy AI schedule is just beginning.
“It’s going to be crazy, I mean I’ve expected, it’s been changed for weeks now I guess,” he said.