The new American Idol for 2011 was crowned today, during the 2 hour finale filled with musical performances from this years contestants to guest appearances by none other than Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw. Scotty sang “Live Like You Were Dying” with Tim and Lauren sang “Before He Cheats” with Carrie.
Scotty was crowned the winner for this year, and gave a teary-eyed performance of his single “I Love You This Big.”
“It’s been a year since me and Lauren Alaina tried out, and me and her have been together since day one and we’re gonna stay together. … Never in my wildest dreams,” said a shell-shocked McCreery. “I gotta thank the Lord first, he got me here.”
You could see the enthusiasm in Lauren’s eyes, and she celebrated by giving Scotty a kiss. How cute was that?!
Scotty found himself sitting on the stage at the end of his performance, overwhelmed with joy for his win, as all his fellow idol contestants scrambled over to congratulate him.
Other artists who performed on the finale were TLC, Marc Anthony, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Steven Tyler, Jack Black, Lil Jon, Tony Bennett, and Bono.