Scotty McCreery Wins 2011 ‘American Idol’

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We now have a new American Idol. Scotty has won the title Wednesday night beating out stiff competition. Scotty McCreery, 17, became the youngest singer ever to win Idol, taking the prize over rival Lauren Alaina, who's actually one year younger than he. McCreery, a fresh-faced 17-year-old from Garner, N.C., with a strikingly deep voice, received more viewer votes than Alaina, a peppy 16-year-old from Rossville, Ga.

It was the first all-country finale for the Fox singing contest, now in its 10th season. McCreery's victory Wednesday continued a recent pattern: He's the fourth male in a row to win "Idol." The last female to win was 17-year-old Jordin Sparks in 2007.

Alaina competed in Tuesday's final sing-off despite a vocal cord injury that required medical treatment. She received raves from the judges, who said she won the night. But the consistently popular McCreery claimed the title and a record contract.

FOX 2's Angie Mock was at the show and was live in Hollywood with all celebrations.