4th Judge Cleared Path For McCreery 'Idol' Payout

Scotty McCreery can thank a fourth judge for clearing his path to becoming the latest "American Idol."

A Los Angeles judge on Monday approved a minor's contract for the 17-year-old country crooner on Monday, two days before fans voted him the show's top singer. The judge's approval came after reviewing a draft recording contract that will pay McCreery $250,000 for winning and recording his first album.

Judge Marjorie Steinberg on Monday approved the same contract for Lauren Alaina. Because she placed second, she'll receive an $87,500 advance. The amount will double if she records an album.

Courts must approve agreements for entertainers under the age of 18.

Wednesday's finale was the first in which two contestants under 18 have faced off for the show's top award.



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Scotty McCreery from Garner NC has been crowned the new 'American Idol.'

McCreery defeated fellow country crooner Lauren Alaina.

McCreery, a fresh-faced 17-year-old with a strikingly deep voice, received more viewer votes than Alaina, a peppy 16-year-old from Rossville, Ga.

It was the first all-country finale for the Fox singing contest, now in its 10th season.

McCreery's victory Wednesday continued a recent pattern: He's the fourth male in a row to win "Idol." The last female to win was 17-year-old Jordin Sparks in 2007.

Alaina competed in Tuesday's final sing-off despite a vocal cord injury that required medical treatment. She received raves from the judges, who said she won the night. But the consistently popular McCreery claimed the title and a record contract.


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  • by Duh on May 31, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    follower, shut up. keep your opinions to yourself, if you do not like country music, don't listen...keep your brimstone politics to yourself
  • by Follower on May 30, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    Well, it is interesting how many who sing country music songs in this life, singing about adultrey, murder, smoking, drinking alchol, getting drunk, etc etc., claim to be Christians...Most of you ain't gonna like this, but it's hard for me to see you in heaven if you love this world's country music...Be not partakers of this world....you can gripe now but one day, when you lay your eyes to rest, you will find out...
  • by DUCK M. Location: wash on May 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    Scotty I knew you had it from the first audition. Good luck on a promising future. What a ride.
  • by HUH! Location: NC on May 27, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    Good Southern morals? Sara is right, he didn't stand up for J.C. after J.C. helped him.
  • by Fabian Location: nc on May 26, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    Scotty is a hottie and I love country music.
  • by Watcher Location: Bertie on May 26, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    For JDLADD, bless your little ol' heart!
  • by Realist Location: NC on May 26, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    This is annoying me now. First off good on him for winning. He was not the best singer though. For all of you out there that wants to call a 17 year old kid that does nothing more than sing on a contest show a "hero" has gone to far. What kind of Heroic activities has scottie conducted other than yell into a microphone? Next time you see a Cop, firefighter, EMS or Service Member tell them thank you. They are "Heros", Not some kid that done nothing more than sing.. Lets get real people.
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      by EMS worker on May 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM in reply to Realist
      While I thank you for your considering EMS,cops, firefighters, etc. as a hero, I must say that I agree that Scotty is a hero to many people. Not too many people would have the love of Jesus in their hearts to voice their thanks to him for their talent. I see this a positive role model and hero letting others know that it is OK to stand up for Christ and still have fun.
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        by angie on May 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to EMS worker
        AMEN! Stand up for Jesus!
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      by grandparent Williamston on May 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM in reply to Realist
      Hold on---what is your problem...they are not saying the kid is the best in the world and above all others...come on now...the kid is young, talented, seems to be a Christian and won a contest...must you blow everyone out like this...why not save your soapbox for more important issues and let this kid enjoy his glory..it takes nothing away from anyone else.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 26, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Never cared for American Idol, whereas my wife is in love with that show, but at the same time I congratgulate the fellow North Carolinian Scotty and just have to say that North Carolina is the state of champions.
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      by JDLadd on May 26, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Sam
      NC is still a bumpkin state and is a champion at nothing.
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        by Allen on May 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM in reply to JDLadd
        I guess you don't watch college basketball much.
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          by JDLadd on May 26, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to Allen
          Oh yeah congratulations to Connecticut.
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        by Old Guy on May 26, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to JDLadd
        North Carolina is certainly a champion in growing little minded people like you and Dave, the super ECU graduate. Will you guys ever get over the fact that this kid is already a success in his life and will make more money before he is 25 than you will ever make in your life time ?? Go take a chill pill.
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        by Allen on May 26, 2011 at 02:10 PM in reply to JDLadd
        Hey you know what, there's 49 other states you could live in. And I was refering to the fact that North Carolina collegiate BB (as a whole, not just UNC) is the gold standard. That's a fact, not an opinion.
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      by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 06:12 PM in reply to Sam
      This is coming from a person who would never congratulate any other college team in the state.
  • by warren on May 26, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    I LOVE him and cried when he won. Thanks hero!! I love you.
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    That's shows his good Southern morals. Way to go Scotty.
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      by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to
      Southern morals? There are no such thing.
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        by Dave on May 26, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to
        What are you talking about? Southerners have many morals such as eating BoJangles, drinking lots of beer, and being slow.
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