Congratulations Scotty McCreery – Our New American Idol

Congratulations and best wishes to Season 10 American Idol Scotty McCreery and to runner-up Lauren Alaina.  What a year!

I thought the finale was the best in a while with many big stars and great numbers:  Judas Priest, Mark Anthony, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Gladys Knight, Bono and The Edge and more!  I really enjoyed Scotty’s duet with Tim McGraw along with all the other performances.  It was good to see the top 13 again.

Again, congratulations to Scotty – a county superstar in the making!

American Stunned By James Durbin’s Elimination From American Idol

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The overall mood is ugly with many people over James Durbin’s shocking departure from American Idol last night:  http://www.tvguide.com/news/american-idol-backstage-1033032.aspx  Many people are swearing they are done with American Idol.  There was a similar outcry over Pia Toscano, however, James Durbin was expected, by many people, to win the competition.  Durbin’s consistency every week and his ability to pick the right songs to showcase his talent were making him a standout with the judges and fans.

There is some good news to report.  James Durbin Day will go on as planned Saturday, May 14th in Santa Cruz, CA.  Idol has relented and is allowing the celebration to continue.  Here is a link to the events:  http://www.facebook.com/notes/santa-cruz-beach-boardwalk/durbin-day-is-on/10150186732578194  We commend American Idol for making an exception for this very exceptional young man.

If you are interested in learning about James’ hometown, click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz,_California