Neighbors react to 'Idol' finalist's fame

Posted May 18, 2011
Updated May 19, 2011

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— Neighbors of “American Idol” finalist Scotty McCreery say his south Garner home is becoming a landmark for fans.

"It is all people who want to take pictures of his house," neighbor Barbara Marshall said Wednesday. 

Neighbor Chris Oliver said fans are just trying to catch a glimpse of the McCreery family. 

"You get the occasional car at night," Olive said. 

Dozens of fans filled the area on Saturday when the 17-year-old country crooner visited for a hometown celebration. Residents in the neighborhood were issued passes to get through security that guarded the road.

His 8-year-old neighbor, Alexis Oliver, got McCreery's autograph on a sign she made for him.

"It is going to be worth a lot because he will be famous," Alexis said.

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Marshall said McCreery had been appearing on the popular Fox reality show for several weeks before she even knew about it. She found out when his family called her from California one day, asking her to watch their home while they are out of town. 

Alexis Oliver, Scotty's neighbors react to 'Idol' fame Scotty's neighbors react to 'Idol' fame

On Wednesday, McCreery sang "She Believes in Me" by Kenny Rogers, "Amazed" by Lonestar and "Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?" by Thompson Square.

McCreery will find out Thursday if he is headed to the finals next week at the Kodak Theater. 


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  • BubbaDukeforPresident May 19, 2011

    Haley can't sing. I'd like to see Lauren win and Scotty runner-up. He is mature enough to handle not winning Idol....unlike James Durbin.

  • Responsibleforactions May 19, 2011

    Where is Lee Dewize? Kris Allen? Clay Aiken? Ruben Studdard? etc. Yesterdays news.
    To answer your question - a lot of these ex-Idols and runner ups may not be on the POP charts but have done good in their choosen generes.

    I really want the final 2 to be Scotty and Lauren - nothing against Haley's singing, but she has a bad attitude and does not take constructive critism well

  • wildcat May 19, 2011

    I wish him well.

  • itsmyownopinion May 19, 2011

    Some of you may enjoy this if you haven't read it already:

    Go Scotty.

  • sweetrose May 19, 2011

    I could not get through at all on the phone last night for scotty ... tried all three numbers ... it was busy busy busy ... maxed out my votes online.

  • weesiebaby May 19, 2011

    Scotty did excellent last night. This kid is just amazing so mannerful and humbled. I think he will be one of the finalist tonight. Lauren might be going home. But one thing for sure Scotty got my vote last night after the show. I voted on line.

  • smiley1637 May 19, 2011

    I tried for about 30 minutes during the first hour...fell asleep ....woke up around 11:15 and was able to get through after several attempts.

  • elhj83 May 19, 2011

    Did anyone else have problems voting by phone for Scotty last night during the first hour?

  • angela2 May 19, 2011

    Marshall said McCreery had been appearing on the popular Fox reality show for several weeks before she even knew about it.

    She must have been living under the same rock as the guys from the Geico commercial.

  • sweetrose May 19, 2011

    geesh people ... he is 17 years old! he has a lot to learn ... and a lot of years to grow. Obviously he has caught the eye of quit a few in Nashville.