Garner teen makes it to 'Idol' top 3

Posted May 12, 2011

— Garner better be ready to "lock the doors and turn the lights down low," because native Scotty McCreery is on his way home for a visit after securing a spot in the top three on "American Idol." 

Hundreds of people turned out at Garner High School Thursday night to watch the hometown boy advance. Thousands more are expected to crowd Lake Benson Park Saturday for his homecoming concert. 

Click for details of Scotty's visit.

The 17-year-old, who is joined in the finals by Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart, advanced on Thursday after performing "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson and "Young Blood" by The Coasters Wednesday night. Each contestant in the top three will be visiting their hometowns along with "Idol" camera crews.

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said the town will host a parade and concert – rain or shine – at Lake Benson Park. The mayor advised fans to plan to arrive at the park no later than noon on Saturday. Scotty is scheduled to perform with a surprise guest at 3 p.m. Pets, tents and coolers will not be allowed.

"I hope they come with an empty gas tank, and I hope they come hungry, so they'll spend some money in Garner while they're here," Williams said.

The town has budgeted more than $50,000 for the celebration and is working to secure some corporate sponsors to help assist with the cost, Williams said.

McCreery's "Idol" journey began last year when he auditioned in Milwaukee singing Josh Turner's "Your Man" and Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive in Your Country." Scotty McCreery Our lens on Scotty McCreery

Since then, McCreery as earned praise from the judges each week and has never been among the bottom two vote-getters on the show.

"Winning 'American Idol' would be great, but just to get into the industry and to be a part of the music industry and be in Nashville and sing with the greats – that's a dream," McCreery said during an interview with WRAL News in February.


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  • lkanzig May 16, 2011

    total cost was around $61k for that little weekend party. what a shame.did garner recoup that $61k? bet not. you people need to rethink your priorities. disgusted is all i can say.

  • gallbury May 13, 2011

    To intheno: Any 17 year old kid is ordinary: period. They have not had the time or experience to do otherwise. The fact that he has learned to mimick Josh Turner, and is appearing on American "Idle" doesn't change that. As far as helping with the tornado recovery, put your money where you mouth is and post a contact number and I'll give you a call and we can go out together. I have volunteered and offered aid in this type of situation- and many others- before; have you?

  • 5Rs May 13, 2011

    "Will someone please explain to me how Garner will be a tourist spot?" - OGE

    It has happened with other winners. Teenage and pre-teen girls will insist on the visits to the home towns.

    Time for some entreprenuers to step forward. For those of you out of work, here is an opportunity.

    And please notice, Clay Aiken has returned to his roots.

  • cubcash May 13, 2011

    He definately, based on his vocals and weird mannerisms, should have been sent home a little while ago. Nothing personal, but AI is a popularity contest first and foremost.

  • federalsales May 13, 2011

    James is great, and so is Scotty, but there is only one top spot. So stop talking about the kid they are both winners.

  • Shamrock May 13, 2011

    "a 17 year old "ordinary" kid " gallbury

    How many "ordinary" kids do you see in the top 3 of the number 1 talent contest with milliins of viewers? What are you doing on Sat to help the tornado victims? Maybe I will join you.

  • lisalisa682001 May 13, 2011

    James started getting very arrogant the further he got into this competition. Although hJames was a good singer, his attitude sucked! In he meantime, Scotty always remained humble and down-to-earth.

  • gallbury May 13, 2011

    Well, here are my "negative" comments: If you watch this show with the vigor that many "pro commenters" proclaim, then you probably need to GET A LIFE! It is a talent contest; nothing more. It won't change the world. That kid from Garner is a country singer ( and I use the term loosely) and even if he wins, that's still all he'll be; not a god, not even an "idol", just a singer. If you want to "get involved" there are countless venues to do that. One might be, TORNADOS; remember them. Maybe, instead of attending a parade and paying homage to a 17 year old "ordinary" kid you might want to go out and try to help the victims. That would be a worthy expenditure of time.

  • wildcat May 13, 2011

    How did james deserve it more than others????


  • wildcat May 13, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS! I do hope you go all the way. I supported Fantasia and I will do the same for you. NC has great talent.