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Scotty McCreery Crowned New ‘American Idol’

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American Idol" finalist Scotty McCreery performs at an outdoor concert for local fans at his homecoming celebration at Buffaloe Park on May 14, 2011 in Garner, North Carolina.  (credit: Steve Exum/Getty Images)

American Idol” finalist Scotty McCreery performs at an outdoor concert for local fans at his homecoming celebration at Buffaloe Park on May 14, 2011 in Garner, North Carolina. (credit: Steve Exum/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scotty McCreery is the new “American Idol,” defeating fellow country crooner Lauren Alaina.

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.

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