For the first time since its debut in 2002, American Idol finalists are not only vying for the American Idol title, they are competing for the same genre, country music. Seventeen year-old Scotty McCreery, the country boy that all the girls scream for, is from Garner, North Carolina. His competition is the adorable Lauren Alaina Suddeth, who goes by Lauren Alaina, of Rossville, Georgia. Both will compete tonight in final performances that will determine Season 10’s winner.
Either one will be the youngest winner since Season 6’s Jordan Sparks of Glendale, Arizona, who was 17. Scotty will turn 18 on October 9 and Lauren will celebrate her 17th birthday on November 8.
Idol fans await tonight’s final performances. While season 10 has set new voting records, many viewers express that they feel voting will diminish due to the fact that a country genre isn’t favored by all fans.
Viewers will have to wait and see what songs will be sung tonight. Past performances include other genres; some sang with a country theme.
Most of Scotty choices have been country songs. Here’s a list of song choices for him so far:
“Your Man,” (Josh Turner), “Put Some Drive in your Country,” (Travis Tritt), “Get Ready,” (Temptations), “I Hope You Dance,” (Lee Ann Womack), “Hello, Goodbye,” (The Beatles), “Long Black Train,” (Josh Turner), “Letters from Home,” (John Michael Montgomery), “The River,” (Garth Brooks), “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” (Travis Tritt), “For Once in My Life,” (Stevie Wonder), “Country Comfort,” (Elton John), “That’s All Right” (Arthur Crudup), “I Cross My Heart” (George Strait), “Swingin” (John Anderson), “You’ve Got a Friend” (Carole King), “Up on the Roof” (The Drifters), “Gone” (Montgomery Gentry), “Always on My Mind” (Brenda Lee), “Where Were You” (Alan Jackson), “Young Blood” (The Coasters), “Amazed” (Lonestar), “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (Thompson Square) and “She Believes in Me” (Kenny Rogers).
Lauren paired with Scotty mid-contest in a duo singing “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Her other song choices include:
“Like We Never Loved at All” (Faith Hill), “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Aerosmith), “Unchained Melody” (Todd Duncan), “Some Kind of Wonderful” (Soul Brothers Six), “Hello, Goodbye” (The Beatles), “Turn On the Radio” (Reba McEntire), “Any Man of Mine” (Shania Twain), “I’m the Only One” (Melissa Etheridge), “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes), “Candle in the Wind” (Elton John), “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin), “The Climb” (Miley Cyrus), “Born to Fly” (Sara Evans), “Where You lead” (Carole King), “Up on the Roof” (The Drifters), Flat on the Floor” (Katrina Elam), “Anyway” (Martina McBride), “Trouble” (Elvis), “Wild One” (Zaca Creek), “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry), “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (Thompson Square), “She Believes in Me” (Kenny Rogers), and “I Hope You Dance” (Lee Ann Womack).