AMERICAN IDOL: Scotty McCreery learns that he is the next American Idol during the season ten AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

  • Check out a post-finale interview with Scotty McCreery at Entertainment Weekly HERE.

Read a transcript of the reporter’s conference call with Scotty McCreery.  Scotty reveals he and Lauren will perform at the CMA Fan Fest and maybe the Grand Ole Opry. Plus, read Scotty’s reaction when he finds out that his single hit #1 on iTunes.

How is he handling and getting used to all the attention he’s getting? “This is pretty wild, I gotta say. A whole lot more than I bargained for coming into this–I never would have expected it. I’m handling it well. It’s what I asked for and this is my new life. It’s a really crazy ride so far.”

Scotty is 1/4 Puerto Rican. Does he speak any Spanish? Has he visited there? Does the culture influence him? “I visited old San Juan once with my grandmother. We went on a cruise there. I don’t speak Spanish. I’ve done Spanish I and Spanish II classes. My grandma asked when I was young she said, ‘Do you want to learn Spanish?’ I guess I was just young and I should have because it would have helped me out a lot. Jennifer seems to think it gives me a little flavor that other people didn’t [have]. I was talking to her and her mom yesterday before the show. We were talking a lot of Puerto Rican stuff. My Dad was born in Auguilla and my grandma in San Juan.”

Is he going to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June? “Yeah. I think we’re going to try to get me and Lauren out there to Fan Fest this year. They’re working out the specifics right now about where we’re going to be playing, the booth signing, and maybe playing at the Grand Ole Opry. They’re working all this out as we speak. We’re going to be down there for sure, I think.”

Did he think at any point in the competition that he’d be going home that week? “This week especially. Lauren Alaina–she’s something else. She sings like a bird. She’s just an amazing young lady. Every week–I’ve heard people say the front runner stuff and the favorite. But to me it never even crossed my mind like that, ’cause everybody here from Top 40 down was just so talented and it was an amazing ride. I never gave myself a chance before the show as a musician, now it’s just about the confidence thing. I’ve always had confidence in me. I don’t know–It’s weird. The nerves for this show, it’s something else.”

How many new high school friends did he make on his home town trip? “Oh my goodness! They were all my friends before. We’re all a big going-to-high school family before. I got to talk to a lot of them that I didn’t really get a chance to talk to before. You know how that goes. But it was just a lot of fun to get back there and talk to them all.”

Is there any romance between Scotty and Lauren? “No. We’ve been getting that question a lot today. Me and her–it’s more like the brother/sister thing. She told me before the show yesterday she was going to do that [kiss Scotty] kind of like a joke. She’s a character. She’s lovely. Really, we’re really close friends. I met her day 1 of Hollywood week. We were school mates through this whole experience. She’s great–but it’s more of a brother/sister friendship between me and her.”

What kind of album does he hope to make? Who would you like to work with? “I’m really looking forward to getting my music out there. We’ve already recorded two this week. We weren’t sure which one we were going to do. “Love You This Big” turned out to be the one that we did. The other one I’m really excited about too. I think it’s going to be a great album. I got good songs. That’s what it’s all about after the show–getting good songs. The fans got me to where I am right now. So, it’s my job to get the music they want to hear and have good songs. Hopefully me and Lauren Alaina will get to do a duet. I’m not sure about the 1st album, but hopefully sometime soon.”

Why was Ryan calling him “Scotty the Body” all season? “He told me early on, he said ‘It’s kind of like a tradition.’ I think he’s done it with all the Scotts he’s had on the show–for Scott McIntyre, there was another guy named Scott [Scott Savol, S4]. It was more like a joke.”

On his emotional moment in the limo during his hometown trip to Garner, “We were driving up to the school and I just looked out the window and I saw all the familiar faces I’d missed for so long. I rolled down the window and someone said, ‘We missed you and we love you brother’. I cry when I think about it. I missed them so much and it was such a great moment for me to be back there. They’re my friends. They were my friends before the show–they are the true ones that I just really love.”

At what point did he notice his voice changing. What did he used to sound like?, “I’ve always kinda sounded the same, other when I was young and had a really high voice. I’d say Vegas week was the week that I discovered that I could kinda sing higher than I had been singing in the competition so far. One of the vocal coaches–he kinda got it out of me. I used that a lot in “Gone”, “That’s Alright Mama”. I’ve used my low voice–I guess you could say that it’s changed over the competition.”

Did he have a game plan going into the competition? Did he decide to stay where he felt good? (rather than trying on different styles) “Yeah. Everybody had their own niche. Casey was singing his jazzy kinda rocker growl music, Jacob sang his gospel music, James sang his rock music, I sang my country music. We all kinda had that same niche. They did different songs, but we all had that same genre we like to stay to. Country music is me. It’s what I grew up with. It’s what I do. I didn’t have any intentions of changing. My thing was ‘If it got me this far, why change it up?’ It’s what I love to do.”

On the basketball shot he made at the mansion, “I tried it from the steps initially and I was missing terribly. So I looked up and I said, ‘Why don’t I throw it from the balcony?’ That was my third attempt from the balcony that I made that shot.”

Scotty’s song “I Love You This Big” is currently #1 on iTunes, “Is it really? That’s the first I heard. That is amazing. That is wild! I love the song. The song is a great song to start off with. When they pitched it to me, I fell in love with it. Last night when I sang it for my finale, it was kind of a choked up performance. I got through it. I hugged my family with it. That’s really amazing that it’s #1. You’re the first to tell me that.”

What were his thoughts about winning going into the finale? “My thought was that she wrapped it up when she sang that momma song that she sang. It’s just one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard. I was more than nervous coming into last night. It worked out in my favor, but Lauren–she’s sweet. She’s been supporting me and I’ve been supporting her through this whole process. We’re really close friends. We both came out winners last night.”

 
  • songsungblue

    Jennifer seems to think it gives me a little flavor that other people didn’t [have].

    **wipes away tears, laughing so hard**

  • windmills

    Thanks for the transcript MJ!

    Is he going to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June? “Yeah. I think we’re going to try to get me and Lauren out there to Fan Fest this year. They’re working out the specifics right now about where we’re going to be playing, the booth signing, and maybe playing at the Grand Ole Opry. They’re working all this out as we speak. We’re going to be down there for sure, I think.”

    Excellent!

    Scotty loving the “This Big” song worries me unless he’s just being polite. He had very good taste in songs based on his cover choices. Hopefully the other song he recorded is much better and is the one Tim Nichols cowrote.

  • Trina

    He sounds more mature than some adults I know. I can’t wait to follow how he does!

  • lukien

    Yey SCOTTY FTW !!! oops he’d won. yey … no.1 iTunes! 4 songs in Top 100!!!

  • car3278sweet

    Scotty seems like a genuinely nice kid. I wish him only the best. But “This Big” is not a good song. It’s a bit of snoozefest plus it does have a kiddy/snark feel. I really hope Scotty is being polite and the second song is a better product. I think many PDs/DJs will laugh at “This Big”. But heck. I might be wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time. ;-)

  • Kirsten

    Scotty loving the “This Big” song worries me unless he’s just being polite. Hopefully the other song he recorded is much better and is the one Tim Nichols cowrote.

    Well, it doesn’t really make business sense to diss your first #1 single. Plus, he’s young.

    He seems great at answering these questions. He better get used to it, because he’s going to have to answer the same questions about 73 thousand times.

  • car3278sweet

    Is he going to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June? “Yeah. I think we’re going to try to get me and Lauren out there to Fan Fest this year. They’re working out the specifics right now about where we’re going to be playing, the booth signing, and maybe playing at the Grand Ole Opry.

    Wowza. Is this not putting so much on these kids? They are going out to CMA fest, singing, doing the Opry, recording their singles/records, practicing for the tour, doing publicity…they are going to be exhausted. No time to recover their voices or anything. Is this going to give them the chance to show the best that they are?

    The TV was grueling. The tour is going to be grueling. And we expect these kids to pump out prime product amongst all this? IDK.

  • emmuzka

    At least I’m not afraid of listening him out of a fear of second hand embarrassment. He sounds like a smart boy, if not a terribly interesting one. I hope he’ll get good songs, I can’t see him digging his heels in if the producers try to make him sing something horrible.

    I just still have problems wrapping my head around the thought that he is the current Idol. During the contest I kind of forgot that after the show, I’ll be following his career the next 12 months just out of curiosity and tradition, and comparing him to the previous winners until the cows come home. Not caring even a bit about country throws me off.

  • windmills

    car3278sweet: Wowza. Is this not putting so much on these kids? They are going out to CMA fest, singing, doing the Opry, recording their singles/records, practicing for the tour, doing publicity…they are going to be exhausted. No time to recover their voices or anything. Is this going to give them the chance to show the best that they are?

    They’re kids, but this is exactly what Carrie did after she won s4. I think it’s important for them to get out there to CMA Fest and start working in the country genre. There’s no better opportunity to reach a lot of fans in person than CMA Fest, plus there’ll be media coverage. They’ll also probably have the opportunity to meet some radio people. Too, they have to take meetings in Nashville anyway about their albums so they may as well be at Fan Fair.

    One good thing for them is this isn’t 19′s 1st rodeo when it comes to introducing yourself to the country market. They know where these kids need to go.

  • lucy

    Scotty loving the “This Big” song worries me unless he’s just being polite. He had very good taste in songs based on his cover choices.

    Based on history, I’d say a song has to be quite a bit worse than this awful song before an Idol winner/finalist can say this soon that he/she doesn’t like it! You have to at least wait until you’ve sung a couple more of your new songs in public, usually. lol

  • lucy

    Wowza. Is this not putting so much on these kids? They are going out to CMA fest, singing, doing the Opry, recording their singles/records, practicing for the tour, doing publicity…they are going to be exhausted. No time to recover their voices or anything. Is this going to give them the chance to show the best that they are?

    It probably is putting too much on them, but it’s about the amount that gets put on all of them after they win, I think. So far everyone has survived … most haven’t come out with exactly great debut albums in the middle of all of it. … But they’ve survived. These two will as well. … Welcome to the feast-or-famine entertainment industry, Scotty and Lauren.

  • SpenserJ

    Well, I don’t listen to country music, and Scotty wasn’t my pick for the win. But, boy does he seem like a nice kid. After some of the ego-centric, delusional exit interviews we got from a few of the other male contestants, Scotty’s responses are quite refreshing.

    He’ll be a good representative of the show, and I wish him much success.

  • tomr

    Many “adult” contestants should take lessons from Scott in how to handle an interview. Really pretty amazing skills for a 17 year old. Certainly doesn’t come across as too cocky or arrogant. Mr. & Mrs. Mc Creery have a right to be very proud! Best wishes to Scott and Lauren.

  • Pam

    He’ll be a good representative of the show, and I wish him much success.

    I think so too. He seems like a very smart boy and very mature for his age. I’m very interested to see how his career unfolds.

  • _nyanyanie

    wow, looking back at that “f-a-duck” audition, i’ve never thought scotty was gonna win…

    but, at this young he was so comfy and chill during top 2 night.. an yes, he is handling it all very well…

    just reading this interview, i’m really finding him to be very charming..

  • stwbcross

    Scotty loving the “This Big” song worries me unless he’s just being polite.

    Maybe he really does love it and is finally showing his age. But Carrie followed her heart with song selection so it can’t be all a bad thing, especially as he’s number one right now on itunes. lol.

    I’m really hoping they show up at the Opry on June 7th when Carrie is there. That’s already going to be an awesome show so to have Scotty and Lauren show up would be a bonus. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, I don’t listen to country music, and Scotty wasn’t my pick for the win. But, boy does he seem like a nice kid. After some of the ego-centric, delusional exit interviews we got from a few of the other male contestants, Scotty’s responses are quite refreshing.

    He’ll be a good representative of the show, and I wish him much success.

    Totally agree. I’m impressed with Scotty’s handling of the media and he seems to be pretty realistic and not conceited in any way. Country music isn’t my thing, but I wish the best of luck to both him and Lauren.

  • songsungblue

    I understand why people keep saying, ‘he’s so nice!’ But I guess I don’t care if he’s nice. I care if he actually has any talent or sings anything I want to hear. And he doesn’t. So he can be ‘nice’ all he wants. I frankly have always believed that Carrie is a bit of a beeyotch and that doesn’t stop me from admiring her vocals on Before He Cheats. So, whatever on the whole “He loves the Baby Jesus and his Mama’ thing.

  • lucy

    I understand why people keep saying, ‘he’s so nice!’ But I guess I don’t care if he’s nice. I care if he actually has any talent or sings anything I want to hear. And he doesn’t. So he can be ‘nice’ all he wants. I frankly have always believed that Carrie is a bit of a beeyotch and that doesn’t stop me from admiring her vocals on Before He Cheats.

    This is the way I feel, too, but I don’t think it’s realistic to expect most people to have this response when you’re talking about a tv voting show! … If we were just comparing the quality of a pile of cds, then it would probably be the dominant view. But not when it’s tv.

  • Jae

    you know, This Big is poetry compared to No Boundaries and much better than doing a cover song like Lee did. I think Scotty is an awesome kid. Potentially a great role model. Lauren too. They may be just the Idols America needs right now. :)

  • LaleyFan

    I understand why people keep saying, ‘he’s so nice!’ But I guess I don’t care if he’s nice. I care if he actually has any talent or sings anything I want to hear. And he doesn’t. So he can be ‘nice’ all he wants. I frankly have always believed that Carrie is a bit of a beeyotch and that doesn’t stop me from admiring her vocals on Before He Cheats. So, whatever on the whole “He loves the Baby Jesus and his Mama’ thing.

    AMEN!!! I am just laughing at all these responses now about how great Scotty is and how suddenly he deserved to win now. A few days ago, that was NOT the sentiment around here. Once the threat to your favorites is over, I guess everyone wants hug a tree and join hands and sing kum by yah all of a sudden. Barf! Kid might be nice, but this isn’t a miss or mr. congeniality contest for crying out loud and it doesn’t make him deserving of the title. Just keepin it real.

  • sherimoonzombie

    emmuzka says:
    05/26/2011 at 2:21 pm
    At least I’m not afraid of listening him out of a fear of second hand embarrassment.

    Lol, I so remember that from last season. My all time favorite description of Lee.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I understand why people keep saying, ‘he’s so nice!’ But I guess I don’t care if he’s nice. I care if he actually has any talent or sings anything I want to hear. And he doesn’t. So he can be ‘nice’ all he wants.

    I know what you’re saying, but for Idol, more than just talent is usually necessary to win. That’s where the perceived personality/persona of the contestants comes into play and for some viewers, that aspect is just as important, if not more important than just talent. I don’t think that Scotty is amazingly talented, but he’s a decent singer and for whatever reason, he got the most votes. The real test begins once he releases his music. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think Scotty is an awesome kid. Potentially a great role model. Lauren too. They may be just the Idols America needs right now.

    I’d need to learn more about his views on society (how conservative/open minded he is) before I would personally deem him a “great role model”.

  • Niall

    He certainly wasn’t who I wanted to win, but I’m looking at a bunch of stuff such as the increased finale ratings, the sell-outs on the AI tour, his song hitting #1 on iTunes, and I’m thinking he (and possibly Lauren) have struck a nerve with the average AI viewer, and possibly drawn in casual viewers.

    It’s a darn good thing he IS a nice kid who is well spoken because he’s the face of AI right now and they didn’t need two years in a row with a stumbling bumbler as the figurehead.

  • stwbcross

    Scotty certainly isn’t a great vocalist but vocals are no longer a measure of success. Have you looked at the majority of artists on the top of the pop chart lately? and Taylor Swift lowered the bar on vocal ability in the country genre a long time ago. Likability and performance ability goes a long way in country music and Scotty has both those. So as long as he’s careful with song selection on his ablum, I think he’s off to a great start.

  • Ratna12

    Eventhough I favored Lauren to win, I’m glad that she had Scotty with her at some of these events. it is great that they are really friends and supporting each other.

    And LOL, the fact that Lauren told him beforehand that she will kiss him. Well, maybe once, but over and over again ? Too cute.

  • tomr

    “Keeping it real.” LOL Real is that his fans have spent weeks acting as classy as him instead of pouting, whining, and complaining even when people tried to bait them into fan wars. Lauren, to her credit, also handled the situation with dignity and respect. It was actually a more pleasant week because Lauren, Scott, and their fans refused to bow down and dis each other. Lauren and Scott have each behaved so much better than many adults. I will continue to give them both credit for this!

  • lucy

    performance ability goes a long way in country music

    I’d say the jury’s still out on this.

    To me, his performance ability is that of a very talented, poised high-schooler who’s more or less impersonating a country singer. I doubt that I’m the only one who sees it that way, although I know that a lot of people think he’s quite a compelling performer.

    Maybe the wider audience will love him the way he is now, or maybe he’ll grow, or maybe more people will see him the way I do. But I don’t think winning Idol is any evidence of which way it’ll go. It certainly hasn’t been when it comes to former winners.

  • rayni

    Turns out I really like this kid and Lauren too. I’m gonna enjoy watching whatever they make out of this opportunity. And I’m glad they get to do it together.

    AND Scotty can say whatever he wants but I’ve seen for the last few weeks that there is something really sweet between those two – Lauren definitely has a crush on him :)

    ETA: I’m a fan of Scotty, but not necessarily his style of singing and certainly not that big ol’ song :[

  • brie200

    In terms of the whole niceness debate, of course somebody shouldn’t win just based on their likeability factor. But as it is a popularity contest to some extent, that is a factor that comes into play during voting.

    Also I kind of feel like even if you’re not a fan of Scotty or his singing and were backing other Idols, it’s still a bit harder to “hate” on a winner when they seem genuinely appreciative of the whole experience. I feel like hating Scotty (hating him, not hating his talent) is kind of like kicking a puppy. Then again I have a problem in general when the hate is dialed up against of Idol’s teenagers.

    I didn’t have a horse in this race, therefore I’m happy enough with the outcome. I only wish TPTB hadn’t saddled Scotty with that awful song because I would support him and buy his single if it were halfway decent.

  • LaleyFan

    I’d need to learn more about his views on society (how conservative/open minded he is) before I would personally deem him a “great role model”.

    I hate that phrase “open minded”. That’s basically a PC way to say “throw all your convictions, beliefs, brains, and ability to think for yourself out the window in order to please society and the masses”. I’m definitely NOT open-minded and I’m damn proud of it. If Scotty is, it’s only a reason for me like him even less than I already do.

  • gabriel oak

    I wouldn’t go to the tour to see either of the kids. I would go to see Haley, James, Casey, Pia, Paul, Thia and Naima. They sing music I would be more likely to listen to. The only contemporary country singers I listen to regularly are Keith Urban and Emmylou Harris. I like Dolly Parton, but I’ve never bought one of her albums. I’ll buy Casey James’ album when it comes out because he sings songs that aren’t so corny.

    I think Idol was smart to have a variety of musical talent this year. I considered going to the Idol concert this year but the sound is usually so bad it’s not worth it. I’d rather see these performers in smaller venues.

  • songsungblue

    “Keeping it real.” LOL Real is that his fans have spent weeks acting as classy as him instead of pouting, whining, and complaining even when people tried to bait them into fan wars. Lauren, to her credit, also handled the situation with dignity and respect. It was actually a more pleasant week because Lauren, Scott, and their fans refused to bow down and dis each other. Lauren and Scott have each behaved so much better than many adults. I will continue to give them both credit for this

    Why would there be fan wars between Scotty and Lauren fans? I think they’re pretty much the exact same contestant. :) Do you like Vanilla or French Vanilla? And boy howdy it’s a lot more pleasant to root for the person that TPTB are behind! I had to roll over laughing at the ‘Lauren Pimp Chronicles’ – they were just trying to create some tension for a contest. They were pleased as punch with a Scotty win. He’s never even smelled bus fumes.

    That’s basically a PC way to say “throw all your convictions, beliefs, brains, and ability to think for yourself out the window in order to please society and the masses”. I’m definitely NOT open-minded and I’m damn proud of it.

    Briefly, no it isn’t. I could care less how anyone lives, however there are elements of society that would like to tell ME how to live. So if Scotty starts kissing his cross when Adam Lambert shakes his hand, that would not sit well with me. Nough said.

  • idolbeat

    he has been played on 2 different radio stations here today, so good for him! Even a Top 40 station, so I think there is hope for a cross over for him! Hearing him on the radio, you can hear his inflections and gorgeous vocals – he really sounded great! The Dj loved him!

  • lucy

    I hate that phrase “open minded”. That’s basically a PC way to say “throw all your convictions, beliefs, brains, and ability to think for yourself out the window in order to please society and the masses”.

    No, it’s not. Not on my definition.

    On my definition, it’s a way to say — Realize that you yourself do *not* know everything, because each of us is a very limited being, and that you need to initially examine things you see that seem strange rather than simply reflexively rejecting them out of hand, because it’s possible that they involve some truths about life that you yourself have not discovered yet.

    That said, you’re perfectly free to reject that as a principle for your life, as is Scotty! (have no idea whether he wants to reject it or not — don’t really care, either) If I like music he puts out, I’ll listen to it. I don’t particularly care what he thinks or believes, otherwise.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I hate that phrase “open minded”. That’s basically a PC way to say “throw all your convictions, beliefs, brains, and ability to think for yourself out the window in order to please society and the masses”. I’m definitely NOT open-minded and I’m damn proud of it. If Scotty is, it’s only a reason for me like him even less than I already do.

    No, that’s not the way that I meant “open-minded” at all. I have very strong “convictions, beliefs, brains, and ability to think for” myself, yet consider myself tolerant and inclusive of others regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. That’s what I meant and right now, we don’t know anything about Scotty in this regard.

    Briefly, no it isn’t. I could care less how anyone lives, however there are elements of society that would like to tell ME how to live. So if Scotty starts kissing his cross when Adam Lambert shakes his hand, that would not sit well with me. Nough said.

    I agree. Really all that should matter is Scotty’s music, but since the whole “great role model” moniker was brought up, I posted my opinion about that.

  • tomr

    His views should be valued just as much as Adam Lambert’s.

  • songsungblue

    His views are just as valid as Adam Lambert’s.

    So…it doesn’t get better? :)

    **backing out of the room**

  • desiree_chick

    That’s basically a PC way to say “throw all your convictions, beliefs, brains, and ability to think for yourself out the window in order to please society and the masses”. I’m definitely NOT open-minded and I’m damn proud of it.

    That is NOT how all “open-minded” people are. As a staunch open-minded person myself, I am very much about authority and rules. I don’t like to appease the masses for the sake of just doing so if I don’t feel comfortable doing that myself. I think for myself and don’t follow any trends by any means. I love a brainiac, and I have strong spiritual beliefs.

    I am also very respectful about other people’s beliefs and rights, and cannot stand people pushing their own beliefs on others, liberal or conservative.

    So if Scotty starts kissing his cross when Adam Lambert shakes his hand, that would not sit well with me. Nough said

    That is exactly how I feel.

  • tomr

    I think that you can admire some characteristics in individuals and not agree with all of their beliefs. The characteristics that he showed during this interview and on stage last night are ones that I admire. I don’t claim to know any of his beliefs. I may agree or disagree with them but I do strongly believe that he has the right to believe them. Since I have observed many admirable characteristics, I can appreciate them if they are ones that I hold in high regard.

  • desiree_chick

    And this role model business…It’s your closet peers, Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Sis…Not a reality show contestant you don’t know. Celebrities are not role models to me. And I would never want my kids treating them as such.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I am also very respectful about other people’s beliefs and rights, and cannot stand people pushing their own beliefs on others, liberal or conservative.

    Well said. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that you can admire some characteristics in individuals and not agree with all of their beliefs. The characteristics that he showed during this interview and on stage last night are ones that I admire. I don’t claim to know any of his beliefs. I may agree or disagree with them but I do strongly believe that he has the right to believe them. Since I have observed many admirable characteristics, I can appreciate them if they are ones that I hold in high regard.

    True, but in principle, I don’t believe that any celebrity should be regarded as a “great role model”. That position should be reserved for people who one actually knows in real life.

    And this role model business…It’s your closet peers, Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Sis…Not a reality show contestant you don’t know. Celebrities are not role models to me. And I would never want my kids treating them as such.

    I agree. People may think that certain celebrities or public figures are “role models”, but unless you know a person in real life, it’s easy to be misled (Tiger Woods, Arnold?). I think that role models have to be people who are in a person’s real life and not what some publicist and the media has created.

  • songsungblue

    I’ll go you one better – it isn’t really fair to the artist to stick ‘Good Role Model’ on their lapel. Fifteen years ago [?], Jessica Simpson was walking around with her very public virginity pledge. A few years later, she apparently cheated on Nick Whosis, and partied herself into a frenzy. We don’t all stay the person we are at 17. Sometimes we fall off the wagon, you know? He’s a kid. And consider poor Clay Aiken, who was afraid to come out and threaten his heavily conservative fan base.**

    **I am not implying that Scotty is gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with it…;)

  • tomr

    Closet?? Celebrities are role models. So are politicians. So are stangers in the grocery store. When someone shows compassion, is kind, shows respect, is caring, etc. they are modeling behavior that I hold to be important for others to see. It doesn’t matter to me if we “know” them or not. Each and every day, there are celebrities, strangers, and people we know that, when we observe/become aware of them by whatever means, model behaviors that in some way gives us an impression. We all form opinions. I think that is ok and natural for any of us to recognize behaviors and characteristics that we admire. I have observed those from Scott and from Lauren over the past 24 hours.

  • darksiam

    “The fans got me to where I am right now.”

    I’m really glad he’s adjusted his remarks to more accurately reflect what got him to his win.

    I noticed in his parents’ post-finale interview, they credited fan support.

    Over the course of the season, a number in excess of 1,000 votes were cast for him from my household, and I can say with confidence, the Lord, anyone’s, was not involved in that effort.

    “So, it’s my job to get the music they want to hear and have good songs.”

    I’m also glad that he’s figured this out as well, because to date, the Lord has not been known to purchase music. We know this because record companies spend all of their promotional dollars trying to attract living, breathing real people who can buy music.

    Otherwise, I think he’s quite good at the interview thing. He seems to be a great kid with talent and tremendous confidence. His parents have done a great job. (They, themselves, were incredibly poised talking to the media and spoke with purpose, seemingly unfazed by the circus.) He has the potential to be a great role model. I hope he continues to speak responsibly and I wish him the greatest of success.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Celebrities are role models. So are politicians. So are stangers in the grocery store. When someone shows compassion, is kind, shows respect, is caring, etc. they are modeling behavior that I hold to be important for others to see. It doesn’t matter to me if we “know” them or not.

    There’s a difference between labeling someone a “great role model” and admiring examples of behavior that one observes from public figures or people that one doesn’t really know. A “great role model” implies that the person conducts their life in a manner worthy of being emulated and admired, and the public just doesn’t know enough about the real life of public figures to credibly give them that label.

  • J9BT

    I’ll admit I’m surprised to learn that Scotty actually chose his coronation song over other choices, and that he likes it a lot. Obviously, America likes it too since it’s #1 on ITunes! After Tuesday night’s performances, I truly felt like he was given the worst, cheesy coronation song!

  • abbysee

    Over the course of the season, a number in excess of 1,000 votes were cast for him from my household, and I can say with confidence, the Lord, anyone’s, was not involved in that effort.

    Well his opinion is equally as valid as yours. Especially who he want to give credit for his success. Many people give credit to something outside themselves for all things that happen in their lives and I am a little bit taken aback that him suggesting it is something OTT or weird.

  • kcostell

    ’ll admit I’m surprised to learn that Scotty actually chose his coronation song over other choices,

    There are No Boundaries to how bad those songs can be. Maybe it was the best of a truly awful lot and he liked it because it could have been so much worse!

  • http://wwpv.smcvt.edu VAidolFan09

    egardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation

    So what I’m getting is here, that according to you, if Scotty is a conservative he is a racist and a homophobe?

    Why don’t you really try being open minded and realize that being conservative is the polar opposite of racism, and that if someone doesn’t necesarily approve of Adam Lambert’s lifestyle, it doesn’t make them a homophobe.

    If Scotty is a conservative Christian, that’s a role model in my books, it might not be in yours, but I’m open minded enough to see that we can have different opinions. I don’t consider Adam to be any kind of role model at all. I still bought his music and I’m still a fan. I don’t buy Idol music based on politics. Who is open minded now?

  • mt2639asYouwill

    This reaction to Scotty’s win guarantees a laugh!: