Ryan Seacrest opened the season 10 finale of American Idol by announcing that the show received record-breaking votes. The final performance show on Tuesday brought in 122 million votes for the two remaining contestants, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. But as veteran judge Randy Jackson would say, who was ‘in it to win it’?
During the finale, old met new as many of the top American Idol contestants were given the opportunity to perform with their own personal idols. After an opening of the top 13 singing Lady Gaga’s Born this Way, fan favorite James Durbin was able to take the stage with rock legend Judas Priest. Following that Jacob Lusk performed with gospel great Kirk Franklin and Gladys Knight and Casey Abrams performed with idol Jack Black. Later in the show, Haley Reinhart performed with Tony Bennett. The top two contestants also had their chance to perform with their idols, as Scotty McCreery took the stage with country legend Tim McGraw, and Lauren Alaina joined idol Carrie Underwood.
Other performances included two by Beyonce, TLC with Lil Jon, Marc Anthony, Tom Jones and Lady Gaga. The final performance of the night was judge Steven Tyler performing his hit song Dream On.
Throughout the night, humor was prevalent as the show paid tribute to each of the judges with a bit of comedy. As is tradition in the finale some respect was paid to those who auditioned and made an impact in a not so positive way. There was even a skit between Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Pia Toscano as to who was the biggest shock when they were eliminated.
The show went over its two hour time slot by several minutes before the winner was announced. In complete silence, Ryan Seacrest announced that Scotty McCreery was the season 10 American Idol. After receiving hugs from his fellow competitors, including Lauren Alaina, Scotty was given the microphone to sing his new single, ‘I Love You this Big’. Overcome with emotions, McCreery barely made it through the song before collapsing on the stage and saying “thank you very much”.