Neighbors react to 'Idol' finalist's fame

Posted May 18, 2011 9:28 p.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2011 7:45 a.m. EDT

— 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. 

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.