This is hardly an upset, of course. Lauren was a season-long favorite of both the judges and viewers, but if there was anyone who seemed even more of a shoo-in than her, it was Scotty. Unlike Lauren, he'd never been in the bottom three before, and the boy seemed to be coated in Teflon no matter what he did. He forgot the words to one of his songs during Hollywood Week, was peripherally involved in the Hollywood Week bullying of Jacee Badeaux that ended up ruining Clint Gamboa's chances, and delivered similar live performances week after week without the judges ever encouraging him to mix it up...and he got a free pass every time. Scotty was simply unstoppable. It almost seemed like his ascendance to the "Idol" throne was pre-ordained, since he was glowingly mentioned in some of producer Nigel Lythgoe's promotional interviews before Season 10 even began.Stark Radio posted a surprising report about country radio programmers already snubbing him), or if, at such a young age, he will be able to establish an identity outside of the country stars he sometimes imitates (like Josh Turner). Meanwhile, Lauren, who obviously wanted to win badly (she actually used to entertain her relatives by pretending to perform on "American Idol" as a little girl), might have been a little disappointed when she came in second, but she may end up victorious in the long run; considering that her pop-country style has more crossover potential than Scotty's more old-school, hat-act style, she could sell more records when she inevitably lands her own record deal. (It should be noted that the last two "Idol" runners-up outsold their respective seasons' winners.)
However, both contestants are very young and have a lot of growing up to do, and now they'll be growing up on the road and in the studio. So let's hope Interscope and 19 Entertainment surround them with the right people.
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