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Scotty tries to bring 'Idol' title to Garner

Posted May 24, 2011

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— Garner teen Scotty McCreery will take the stage on Tuesday night vying for the title of "American Idol." It has been a long road for the 17-year-old baseball player-turned-reality star, but he is trying to stay humble.

"To all the people back home, I'm going to give it my best. I'm going to try to bring it back home to Garner. I'm doing all this for them. They are the ones (who) got me here," McCreery said Monday alongside fellow finalist Lauren Alaina.

McCreery and Alaina, a 16-year-old cheerleader from Rossville, Ga., have become very close during the series and performed several duets together.

"We tried out to win the show, and we're so close now. Either way, I feel like I'm going to win. If I lost to Scotty, I'd still be winning because he is the bomb," Alaina said.

McCreery feels the same way, responding to her, "You're too nice. You're the bomb too."

The two have a lot in common. They are both young, country singers from small towns. With one of the biggest nights of their young lives ahead of them, they are helping calm each other's nerves.

"It's tough for us because we're both from small towns from nowhere around L.A. We just try to stay true to ourselves, stay in our boots – that's what I like to tell myself – and stay grounded," McCreery said.

Although McCreery played for 30,000 fans at a homecoming celebration in Garner on May 14, he said the 8,000 people in the Nokia Theater on Tuesday night are much more intimidating.

"They have pictures all around here of the past people (who) have performed on stage, like David Cook in the finale, and it's weird to think, wow, that's me and Lauren right now," McCreery said.

McCreery said he is still undecided if he will cut his hair before Wednesday night's finale. Last week, "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez requested he buzz cut his hair to the same length it was when he originally tried out for the show.

"Every time I look in the mirror, I'm saying, 'Should I? Should I not?' I don't know. I used to have short hair. Me and boys back in Garner would say, 'Short hair don't care,'" McCreery said. "I'm torn. If J-Lo cuts it, I might."

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Alaina voiced her opposition to the cut with a resounding "No."

A viewing party for Tuesday night's episode of "American Idol" is being held at Garner Magnet High School, 2101 Spring Drive. Doors open at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, a viewing party will be held at the RBC Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Parking is $10.

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  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 24, 2011

    Go get 'em Howdie.

  • sweetrose May 24, 2011

    How do any of you know how many girlfriends scotty had? Do you know him personally? Please I am so sick of you folks talking out both sides of your mouth! I love scotty ... BUT ...

    It is big news for this area ... a LOT of us love the coverage!

    use the clicker ... change the channel!

    heard all this mess all day ... give it a rest please ... pass the story up .. you don't have to click on it and you don't have to comment!

  • oceancandle May 24, 2011

    You can't help but love Scotty...and I'm not a big fan of country music.

  • VikingTom May 24, 2011

    Love Scotty, but funny how all these girls are screaming and swooning over him that probably wouldn't give him the time of day if he weren't on the show.

    How many girlfriends did he have when in high school?

    Yeah it's like that old Eddie Murphy skit, "All you have to do is SING!" lol

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 24, 2011

    Love Scotty, but funny how all these girls are screaming and swooning over him that probably wouldn't give him the time of day if he weren't on the show.

    How many girlfriends did he have when in high school?

  • BreBoy May 24, 2011

    I think it is great that WRAL is supporting Scotty. I'm just so glad to hear some good news for a change. Go Scotty!

  • wwyoud May 24, 2011

    WRAL, while I really hope Scotty wins, you are spending WAY too much time on this on tv. I need real news, not Entertainment Tonight. Please move it off to a special.

  • ReallyBigYawn May 24, 2011

    I grew up in Ft. Oglethorpe Ga which is next to Rossville. I now live in Clayton which of course is next to Garner. Ft. Oglethorpe is to Rossville as Clayton is to Garner. You can't tell where one town ends and the other begins. I can cheer for both tonight but I would really like Scotty to win it. Go Scotty!