Scotty fans pack RBC Center for 'Idol' finale

Posted May 25, 2011

— More than 8,000 fans of Garner's country crooner Scotty McCreery crowded the RBC Center in Raleigh Wednesday night to find out if he won "American Idol."

"Scotty is from North Carolina. We've got to support our own," fan Dan Look said.

McCreery has drawn strong hometown support as he's gone from a high school baseball player and grocery bagger to a finalist on the national TV singing competition.

"I've known him since the eighth grade. He's a very good singer, and I'm proud of him," fan Briana Wells said.

Each week, faithful fans have watched, cheered and voted for him from Garner Magnet High School.

This week's viewing party was moved to the RBC Center, which will have 19,000 seats available. RBC Center officials estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 people would come, based on the attendance at a viewing party for "Idol" finalist Clay Aiken in 2003.

Fans at the viewing party will get their own shot at being on national TV. Live footage from the event will be shown on the "Idol" results show. Idol finale watch party at RBC Center Idol finale watch party at RBC Center

But all eyes will be on the high-definition video board in the center of the RBC Center as fans wait to find out if McCreery has bested fellow finalist Lauren Alaina.

"Idol" viewers cast a record 122 million votes Tuesday night after McCreery sang Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," George Straight's "Check Yes or No" and "I Love You This Much," which would be his first single if he wins. Alaina, a 16-year-old cheerleader from Rossville, Ga., fought a strained vocal chord to take on Carrie Underwood's "Flat on the Floor," Pam Tillis' "Maybe It Was Memphis" and her potential single "Like My Mother Does."

McCreery's father, Mike, said he fell asleep with the phone in his hand, still trying to vote until the last second.

"We're always nervous going into elimination night. What happens, happens," Mike McCreery said.

His son echoed those feelings to WRAL News right after the show Tuesday.

"We went out there and gave it our best. It's in America's hands now," McCreery said.


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  • Swartz May 26, 2011

    8,000 chumps living their life vicariously through people they will never know or who could care about anything more than that they vote for them in a glorified singing popularity contest.

  • blahblahblah May 26, 2011

    Why are there so many haters on this forum???? These were two high school kids who have been thrust into the national spotlight and have done amazingly well. They are not seasoned performers and should not be held to the same level as the likes of Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, or any other big name artist. Give them time to develop their style and learn the business. Stop being so hateful and hurtful. Didn't your mamas ever tell you if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 26, 2011

    "pack" RBC? I didn't know RBC only holds 8000 people.

  • BreBoy May 25, 2011

    Since I don't personally know Scotty, any of his close or distant family, neighbors, or anyone else who might cloud my judgment, I can say this. I wish the judges had not gone so overboard with their comments and the the doctor had not appeared on stage. Lauren nor Scotty would want any unfair advantage. Both are excellent in their own right. I wish there could be a tie. I love to hear both; but I sure do hope this Christian and proud of it, clean cut, polite, down to earth, and humble young man wins! I am proud of him and wish him well. I also wish Lauren well. I believe she is a lady. Scotty, it's all in God's hands. He has it all under control, and I pray His will be done in your life.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 25, 2011

    Man I hope he can sing. I heard Clay Aiken might have to fill in.

  • dollibug May 25, 2011 have made North Carolina proud....and I hope that tonight is your AMERICAN IDOL night....please know that you will do well....regardless...and I am sure that there are a lot of people behind you.....I enjoy your singing...and I am NOT a "country" are GOOD...GOOD LUCK....

  • TomLynda May 25, 2011


    You are so right. They both are winners. They are the only two that American Idol did not have to "bleep" something that came out of their mouths.

    I almost didn't watch thus season due to the garbage mouth judge, Steven Tyler. I saw him mouth off on the first audition, and didn't watch until I heard about Scotty, then I just tried to ignore garbage mouth. Wish they had picked another judge.

    Anyway, Scotty will win the title tonight, and too bad it couldn't be a tie, and both could be called the winner. They both are decent kids, and I pray for the best for both of them.

  • TomLynda May 25, 2011

    I read the comments of a few who seem to complain about anything. Talk about getting a life...

    I am a senior, and yes I am cheering for Scotty. It is refreshing to see a 17 year old, clean cut, polite, one who loves Jesus and is not ashamed of it on a National stage, and is humble at the same time. I wish him every success in life, and he just goes to show that the press usually has it wrong about our youth. I think that most are of the same mold as Scotty. Maybe not country music loving, but polite, clean cut and wanting to succeed and honor God and County, and their parents.

    For those who complain about the $10 parking fee, that part is run by a privte firm. American Idol is paying for the use of the RBC center, and all the costs that cover that part. They chose to not charge admission to the arena.

    He will win tonight. American saw through the attempt by the doctor on using sympthy for her voice. She didn't need that. Lauren is good as it is.

  • ncmike May 25, 2011

    Congratulations to all of the finalists; they will each appeal to different audiences - Scotty especially to the young ladies; Lauren is more like a Trisha Yearwood - certain to attract audiences of all ages. Both are winners.

  • donnadmurphy1 May 25, 2011

    Hottie Scotty..."Cooked up a Musical Feast for America"!

    I'm a huge...
    Vocalist (FOXTV)...Scotty McCreery!

    Hope Scotty is able to bring home the "IDOL TITLE" to Garner! Go Scotty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!