Garner teen makes it to 'Idol' finale

Posted May 19, 2011
Updated May 20, 2011

— Garner's country crooner Scotty McCreery has made it to the “American Idol” finale.

The 17-year-old will take the stage on Tuesday to sing for the title against fellow country singer Lauren Alaina.

Hundreds gathered at McCreery’s school, Garner Magnet High School, on Thursday night to watch the results. Some lined up as early as 4 p.m. to get a spot.

"I love to hear country music and he does it very well," fan and McCreery's neighbor Courtney Telfaire said. "We love the family and it's great to be here amidst all this excitement." 

McCreery's "Idol" journey has been relatively painless. He has never been one of the bottom vote-getters on the show and has enjoyed praise from the three judges. Alaina’s journey has been a bit bumpier with a few trips to the bottom three and lukewarm comments from the judges early on.

McCreery advanced to the finals on Thursday after performing "She Believes in Me" by Kenny Rogers, "Amazed" by Lonestar and "Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?" by Thompson Square the previous night.

Alaina took on Faith Hill’s “Wild One," Band Perry’s "If I Die Young" and Lee Ann Womack’s "I Hope You Dance."

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."

After singing "Your Man," a few times in earlier rounds, it became McCreery's unofficial theme song. Turner even surprised McCreery on stage on Saturday in Garner during a celebration in the teen's honor.

To show support for McCreery, the Raleigh Convention Center changed the lighting of its Shimmer Wall to blue on Thursday. It will stay blue through next week's "Idol" finale. Garner Magnet High School's student fan group has been dubbed the "Blue Crew" because of the school's colors.

Relive Scotty's visit to the Triangle

“Raleigh is proud to show its total support of our neighbor’s favorite son,” Mayor Charles Meeker said in a press release.

Best friend encouraged Scotty to audition for Idol Scotty's best friend, guitar teacher reflect

"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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  • Skywatch_NC May 20, 2011

    Where was the city of Raleigh Last week end when Scotty came home?

    I'm guessing that Raleigh didn't want to steal all the thunder from Garner so to say. At least Raleigh represented Scotty at the NC State U. baseball game. Too bad the game got rained out though.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 20, 2011

    Go Scotty!! I think he's got it for sure now! Really glad to see a home grown boy winning and still keeping that humbleness about him. It's been interesting to see him grow from just another hopeful teen in the contest to the entertainer that he has become. Same with Lauren too. Great job! :^D

  • rroadrunner99 May 20, 2011

    I'm from North Carolina Born and raised here. I've been supporting Scotty since day 1, I don't live in Garner but I supported him anyway. He has great talent I think and he's a fellow Carolina Boy. In my opinion I think Raleigh should be ashamed to wait until the contest is almost over and then want to jump on the bandwagon supporting Scotty. Where was the city of Raleigh Last week end when Scotty came home?

  • solarflare40 May 20, 2011

    I like cheese

  • Skywatch_NC May 20, 2011

    That he doesn't let it go to his head/ego and that that he remains faithfully.

    In an interview this past Saturday with a WRAL reporter he said that he's still the same ol Scotty and always will be. :)

  • bmg379 May 20, 2011

    Idol show owners thoughts,hmm we have had problems controlling our interests with the over 18 crowd in the past

    this kid is young and his parents will sign anything we lay in front of them witout having an attorney to read it

    and for all you unknowing people,josh turner was paid well by someone to show up in Garner

  • carlandta3 May 20, 2011

    Follow your dreams Scotty and keep doing positive things! Hoping to hear those famous words......and the next American Idol is Scotty M! Good Luck next week!!!!

  • Shelley Cooper May 20, 2011

    i like milk

  • ejs198022 May 20, 2011

    Good job Scotty!!! This a wonderful blessing that such young talent and Christian man is doing right and his dream is coming true. I just pray that he does right with this new found fame. That he doesn't let it go to his head/ego and that that he remains faithfully..

  • Garnerwolf1 May 20, 2011

    C'mon folks. Scotty had nothing to do with who the special guest was. That was AI's doing. The entire day was organized and scheduled by AI. I do have one question. If AI is such a bad show, or he is such a one trick pony, why are you even bothering to read this, much less post? I personally wish him all the success in the world. He's a good kid. As I'm sure he'd be the first to tell you, he's as surprised as anyone he's made it this far. Let's wish him well, or at least spend time on things we purport to actually care about.