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American Idol: Aftermath and Latest News Updates

Scotty McCreery shown backstage on finale night after being voted the Season 10 American Idol on Wednesday, May 25.

It has been two days since Scotty McCreery was named the American Idol for Season 10. The last confetti has probably been swept up and thrown in the dumpsters by now.

Life will never be the same for Scotty McCreery, as he embarks on a country music recording career. I have already read online that some record executives don’t think he can sustain a long-term career in country music. However, in my opinion it way too early to prognosticate on how long his career will last.

Other singers like Tanya Tucker and LeAnn Rimes started even younger than Scotty and are still performing so I think the record executives need to back off and see what happens.

When I think of Scotty, it brings to mind Jordan Dorsey telling Scotty he didn’t want him in his group during Hollywood week. He may not have been good enough for his little group, but he was good enough for American to vote for him as their American Idol.

Scotty showed his character during the Jacee Badeaux episode, when Jacee was unceremoniously tossed out of the group Scotty was in during Hollywood week with Jun Gamboa being the instigator. Scotty later said they had not done Jacee right and wish he had done more to keep it from happening and broke down talking about it.

BUSY SUMMER WITH TOUR STARTING IN JULY

Scotty and the 10 American Idol contestants who didn’t win probably will be allowed to go home for a while, then they will start rehearsing for the American Idol tour this summer. Latest word is that they will travel across the country appearing  in 49 concerts.

Last year the tour was cut short, probably due to the talent not being as good as it will be this year. I can’t see that happening this year with so many talented singers.

It is sad that the high ticket prices will keep a lot of American Idol fans from seeing the show. It will cost a family of four $376 to sit in the $94 nosebleed seats in Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.

The singers will make $1,000 for each concert during the tour, but that will only be a fraction of the profits being made. They will earn part of the profits from any merchandise sold at the concerts.

AMERICAN IDOL PRODUCER LYTHGOE DISSES DEWYZE

Nigel Lythgoe said in a tweet that Lee DeWyze refused to give Scotty McCreery the American Idol trophy. DeWyze said he did refuse, but was only asked moments before it was time to award the trophy. Someone made an oversight to not have asked DeWyze sooner.

Instead in the midst of the chaos, after Scotty had been revealed to be the next American Idol, Lythgoe asked DeWyze but he refused because he didn’t want to intrude on the special moment for Scotty.

RATINGS JUMP 21 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR’S FINALE

Like most American Idol fans, I thought the loss of Simon Cowell would cripple the ratings of American Idol. Then I wondered if hiring Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez might be a mistake. I was wrong on both counts since the ratings for the Wednesday night rose by 21 percent over the 2010 finale.

29.3 million viewers watched the show which had some of the biggest stars in the music business. The list of singers appearing on the show would be astounded if shown on a television screen as part of the credits.

American Idol decided to go back to the three judge format, which was a smart move in my opinion. I really didn’t know what to expect with Tyler and Lopez on the judge’s panel with a returning Randy Jackson.

Both of the new judges, when critical of a singer’s performance never were mean to the contestants, but gave more constructive criticism, staying away from the nasty barbs Cowell was famous for. Randy was the closest thing to Simon this season, but then upon reflection, he wasn’t really that close.

LAUREN ALAINA TURNED DOWN BY AMERICA’S GOT TALENT TWICE

Lauren Alaina revealed on the Tonight Show that she had tried to appear on America’s Got Talent, but was turned down.

Piers Morgan, one of the judges said it was a scandal that she didn’t make it and stated that she never had appeared in front of the judges.

The following article tells more about her appearance and includes two videos of her appearance:

http://www.thedeadbolt.com/news/1000092/lauren_alaina_turned_down_by_americas_got_talent.php

SCOTTY AND LAUREN: FINANCIAL REWARDS DISCLOSED

Scotty McCreery will be $250,000 richer after winning American Idol, while runner-up Lauren Alaina won $87,500. Lauren’s money would double if she records an album.

For the complete article:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/american-idol-winner-scotty-mccreery-192650

Other American Idol News

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Scotty McCreery will be visiting Disney World in Hollywood on Monday and will participate in a 10:00 AM parade….Limelife has revealed that Carrie Underwood gives her phone number to the final two contestants. Wonder if Lauren will be giving her a call?

Pia Toscano who was voted off the show early in Season 10 has been working on her new album and some songs have already been recorded but no release date has been announced since it is a work in progress….Haley Reinhart is currently negotiating on a record deal, but no details have been announced…Ashton Jones and Naimi Adedapo both have plans of recording albums according to bet.com, signaling a chance of as many as 10 of the Season 10 singers having albums in the stores by this time next year.

 

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American Idol: Scotty and Lauren Dating?

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina shown singing a duet earlier in the American Idol season are rumored to be dating.

Rumors are flying that Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina may be dating. After watching both of them being questioned about their dating, in separate interviews it is difficult to tell if they are being completely honest about their dating life.

If they are dating it might explain the kiss on the lips that Lauren gave Scotty after he had been announced the winner. They have probably spent more time together than any two American Idols since both are minors and had to spend time together while attending school.

They will be spending more time together as American Idol goes on tour in July. Since they were first and second in the voting, they should be singing more during the tour than the other Idols who were eliminated earlier in the competition.

http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/05/26/2011-05-26_scotty_mccreery_lauren_alaina_dating_american_idol_runnerup_says_winner_might_be.html


 

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American Idol: Tony Bennett – Haley Reinhart Duet

Haley Reinhart and Tony Bennett on stage at the Season 10 finale for American Idol.

It was great to see Haley Reinhart singing a duet with the great Tony Bennett during the Season 10 finale last night. You could tell Haley was in her element as she and Tony  sang Steppin’ Out With My Baby, a 63-year-old song from the 1948 musical Easter Parade.

This is the kind of music Haley needs to be singing, since she sings it so well. I would love to see her record an album of songs from the American songbook, but know that an album like that won’t sell except to fans of easy listening music.

However, if she includes one song from the past in her debut album, it shouldn’t hurt sales much. She has the talent to succeed in whatever music genre she embraces in her career after American Idol. I predict we will be hearing from Haley for a lot of years and can’t wait till she releases her debut album.

Haley Reinhart singing a duet of Steppin’ Out With My Baby with 84-year-old Tony Bennett who is singing in his ninth decade since he first sang in the 1930’s.

Tony Bennett has been around so long that he recorded his first No.1 song 60 years ago in 1951 when he recorded Because of You. He won 14 Grammy awards between 1962 and 2006, starting by winning two Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Record for his signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

Bob Hope discovered Bennett singing in Greenwich Village and put him in his show. He also changed his name from Anthony Benedetto to Tony Bennett. The 84-year-old Bennett will be 85 on August 3.

So Haley Reinhart was singing with a man who is about 65 years older than her. Hope these two are paired again on an album since they sing well together.

Bennett can testify to the fact that you don’t have to have a lot of No.1 singles to be successful. He recorded his third and last No.1 single, Rags To Riches in 1953, 58 years ago and has been singing since the 1930’s. If he is still singing in 2020, he would have sung in 10 different decades.

Surprisingly, I Left My Heart in San Francisco only reached No.7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. He hasn’t even had a song chart since 1972, yet he has no problem that I know of finding work.

 

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American Idol: Scotty To Sell More Albums Than Last Two Idols

I think it is safe to say that Scotty McCreery will sell more albums than Season 8 winner Kris Allen and  Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze.

The country music fans will embrace Scotty when he releases his debut album this fall. One of the reasons he will sell more albums than Allen or DeWyze is that he will be recording country music, whose fans will buy his albums in the millions.

Allen and DeWyze just don’t have the fan base that McCreery will have. While Allen and DeWyze are not locked into a certain kind of music, McCreery will be locked into country music only.

Scotty may have to work on not sounding like other singers, before going into the recording studio. It won’t be easy to sell albums if he tries to sound like Josh Turner on every song. I am sure when we hear him on his debut album that he will have a distinct sound of his own.

LAUREN ALAINA WILL HAVE TO FIND NICHE FOR DEBUT ALBUM

Lauren Alaina will have to decide if she wants to record pop or country tunes, so she will have decide after the American Idol tour which direction she will take.

This is just my opinion but I think she will find more success in the country field since she has a voice perfect for country music.

We may never know just how close or how far behind Lauren was in the voting. All we know is that she will have no problem becoming a recording artist with the great tone in her voice.

With the last two Idols not seeing their albums  flying off the shelves, the record companies would like to actually make some big money on this year’s Idols.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SCOTTY AND LAUREN ALAINA

We want to congratulate both Scotty and Lauren Alaina for making the final two and to Scotty for becoming the Season 10 American Idol. Not only were they two youngest finalists ever, but also may be two of the most likeable singers to reach the final two.

 

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The Voice: Are The Battle Rounds Needed?

This is just my opinion but the battle rounds idea was not a good one for The Voice. Out of the 12 battles, not more than two could really be called battles, since most contestants have not embraced the idea of the battle except for Tarraylyn Ramsey and Frenchie Jones who clearly did not like each other.

It would have been better to go straight to the live shows and eliminate contestants that way instead of pitting singers against each other.

However, the producers are trying to avoid being too much like American Idol so are grasping at gimmicks, hopefully to sustain their initial high ratings.

The idea of the blind auditions was was a good one and had the suspense factor as the viewers waited to see which of the four coaches would turn around their chair, to see the one they hoped, would choose them to be a judge.

The worst part of the battle round is that there are four songs being sung in each battle round, which take up three or four minutes at the most. The singers are only singing about about 15 minutes a show leaving 45 minutes for commercials and filler.

It would be better in my opinion, to see the coaches work with the singers individually rather than plan a song for a competition in the boxing ring.

Today’s poll question is if The Voice should have avoided the Battle Rounds and went straight to the live shows.

 

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Drudge Report Says Scotty Has Won American Idol

This is not official by any means but Drudge Report is reporting that Scotty McCreery is winning American Idol almost doubling the vote total of runner-up Lauren Alaina.

If this is true, it explains why Lauren Alaina was apparently favored by producers last night, probably to give her a chance to win. This is only a rumor until there is some verification, but we will know shortly before 10PM ET if Scotty does become the next American Idol.

http://www.webpronews.com/scotty-mccreery-wins-american-idol-says-drudge-2011-05

The front page of the Drudge Report says it is a developing story so check the front page of Drudge to see if there are further developments.

This could be a hoax, so we won’t believe it till Ryan Seacrest tells us who the next American Idol is later tonight.

The doubling the votes of Lauren Alaina just doesn’t sound right to me. The vote should be much closer than that.

 

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American Idol: Did American Idol Producers Set Up Lauren Alaina To Win Tonight?

First, before any Lauren Alaina fans bash me for being anti-Lauren, I can honestly say I have no favorite going into tonight’s finale and would be equally happy with her winning as much as I wouldn’t mind seeing Scotty McCreery winning.

Scotty Pushed To Background From The Start

My complaint is that the show last night pushed Scotty McCreery out of the spotlight from the first minute. Ryan Seacrest opened the show talking about Lauren Alaina having a problem with her voice. Then he dramatically called a doctor onstage to give his diagnosis, which was that Lauren had been treated and would be able to sing and sing well.

Why even bring this up unless there was a medical crisis in which she couldn’t sing at all? It was evident during the show that Lauren was singing as well, if not better than she had all season.

Scenario If A Finalist Couldn’t Sing

The situation though if it ever happened that a singer couldn’t sing on finale night, raises questions of how American Idol would handle it if one of the finalists couldn’t sing on the final performance night. Would the other singer still sing or would they stop the competition that night and fill the show with guest singers and then extend the finale night to a third night? Or would they go ahead and have the fans vote after the show as always, even though neither singer had sung that night?

Falling In Place For Lauren Alaina

Meanwhile, back to the situation last night, it seemed like everything was falling into place for Lauren Alaina. The judges seemed to favor her over Scotty for the most part. Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson clearly thought Lauren Alaina performed better than Scotty. Jennifer Lopez avoided saying who was best on the third and final song of the night.

Song To Mom Might Be Moment Lauren Alaina Won

The emotionally charged moment when Lauren Alaina hugged her mom and sang to her may be the moment she won American Idol. Since that song was concocted by those in charge of the show, it seemed unfair that Scotty couldn’t have had a song that he could have sung to his mother. I don’t want to take away from how special that moment had to be for Lauren Alaina and her mom.

Unless, I am totally mistaken Lauren Alaina will become the Season 10 American Idol tonight. If she doesn’t it won’t be because the American Idol producers didn’t do all they could in their power to have her win the coveted title as the next American Idol.

Haley Reinhart Lost By Millions of Votes

This may be the first year I don’t have a favorite, since my favorite Haley Reinhart was voted out of the competition a week ago and didn’t even come close to staying on the show losing by millions of votes, having only 25 million votes out of 95 million votes cast.

Having followed the show all season, from the earliest auditions to finale night tonight, it has been a great season.

Several Record Deals For Contestants

This season should produce record deals for seven or eight of the singers by next spring. There were some shocking developments earlier in the season with Casey Abrams voted off the show and then saved by the judges. That save prevented them from saving Pia Toscano being voted off in one of the most shocking votes of all time.

However, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe told reporters that Pia was not doing well in the voting anyway, so even a judge’s save may not have kept her from being sent home. I still am having problems digesting why she was sent home since she had it all, the talent, the looks, but for some reason the voters weren’t enamored with her.

In conclusion, let me wish the best to whoever wins tonight. May they sell albums in the millions, not the hundreds of thousands, like the last two winners Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze.

Lee DeWyze Dissed by American Idol Producers

Speaking of Lee DeWyze the American Idol producers, for some strange reason as of yesterday hadn’t invited DeWyze to even be in the building for the finale tonight. I can understand their disappointment in his poor album sales, but come on, he did win last season and deserves to be on the show out of common courtesy.

Today’s poll asks if American Idol intentionally or unintentionally set up Lauren Alaina to be the next American Idol?

 

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