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Country Singer Scotty McCreery Wins American Idol

Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw perform on finale.

Photography by: Michael Becker/FOX

Scotty McCreery, who counts Josh Turner among his influences, was crowned Season 10’s American Idol on Wednesday’s (May 25) finale.

Seventeen-year-old Scotty beat out fellow teenaged country singer Lauren Alaina. “I gotta thank the Lord first—he got me here,” Scotty told the crowd upon being crowned American Idol.

Josh surprised Scotty at a recent homecoming concert in Scotty’s hometown. The young singer performed a few songs for the thousands of screaming fans before he sang his self-proclaimed “theme song,” Josh’s “Your Man.”

Just as he was getting started, Josh walked onstage, shocking Scotty. A stunned Scotty and Josh performed “Your Man” followed by what Scotty says is his “favorite song of all time,” “Long Black Train.”

“Thanks for singing my songs,” Josh said afterward, to which Scotty responded, “Thank you for singing them first!”

The Garner, N. C., native clinched the title with a performance of his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” on Tuesday’s show, in addition to renditions of Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” and George Strait’s “Check Yes or No.”

Scotty returned to the Idol stage Wednesday with Tim McGraw, as the two performed Tim’s “Live Like You Were Dying.”

Runner-up Lauren dueted with Season Four Idol champ Carrie Underwood on “Before He Cheats.”

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