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Country Music Experts Doubt American Idol Finalists Will Have Hits

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This week’s “American Idol” finale is between country singers, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. The standard of singing has seemed better than ever this season, so there is no doubt that both finalists will score recording contracts. We also have a fairly clear idea that both will try to make it in the country music world.

But what do country music experts think of Lauren and Scotty’s chances of success once the “American Idol” euphoria is done? I hope neither contestant is reading this because it’s not a pretty picture the experts are painting. (If you are reading this, Scotty, I love you!)

Representatives of several country music radio stations remain unconvinced about Scotty and Lauren’s chances of a viable country music career long-term.

Toni-Marie of KUZZ (Bakersfield, CA): “I’m calling in sick the day they bring Scotty by on radio tour. I just know that when the call comes in that they want to bring him in, it will be forwarded to [someone else] STAT!”

Tim Jones of WCTQ (Sarasota, FL): “We already have Josh Turner. Don’t need another one. Take him to another format.”

Beverlee Branigan, Director of Country Programming for Journal Broadcast Group: “Scotty just hasn’t demonstrated that he has his own sound. And why the judges haven’t called him on it is beyond me. Oh, wait, that’s right, none of them know a single thing about Country [and Western…]”

Eddie Hatfield of KJJY (Des Moines, IO): “Lauren has a shot if she’s handled correctly. People seem to like her. There will be a curiosity factor on Scotty’s first single. If it isn’t great, that will be it for him.”

Jim Quinton of WPPL (Blue Ridge, GA): “I think Lauren has a good shot, depending on the tunes they pick for her. She sings very well, and seems to have a great personality too. Scotty seems like a great kid but, honestly, I just don’t hear anything from him that makes him stand out to me. Unfortunately, I think I’ve seen way too much of the videos of him singing ‘Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low’ for him to be anything other than a Josh Turner sound-alike.”

Ouch! Well, even as a Scotty fan, that ‘Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low’ excerpt is haunting me. Maybe it’s haunting Scotty too.

There were no real clues either as to who might win. The country music radio stations seemed split on that.

Surely Scotty and Lauren fans have some comeback for the country “experts.”

3 Responses to “Country Music Experts Doubt American Idol Finalists Will Have Hits”

  1. cathy kosak says:

    boy…it’s now aug.6th..anyone ready to recant these dumb reports? listened to Scotty sing “your man” lately??…watch out Josh!(you’re great too) Lauren needs to keep quiet once in awhile..keep the dumb out of blonde…country is yours Scotty..they’ll all be eatin crow !!!!


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  2. Jane Cah says:

    What has happened to Country radio? I am very disappointed and angry! Scotty sang with Tim McGraw and they sounded great and you could tell Scotty’s voice when they sang together. He makes me smile just watching him sing. Everyone has their idols and Scotty just happened to like Josh Turner’s songs Give a 17 year old amazing talent a chance!! He is going to make it big. He is more mature than any of you guys. Another guy was done bad by the CMA and his name was Ricky Van Shelton. He could sing better than Garth and a lot of other music people.I am so disgusted with all of you. I would never listen to your stations if they were the only ones left. I hope people in your area will boycott you and put you out of business.Shame on you for doing a wonderful young man like you are talking about doing him. What has he ever done to you? You better give him a chance. I think you all are idiots.

    My name is Jane Cash. I live in Lawrenceville ,Georgia and my phone number is 678-353-8817. My address is 6206 Holland Place, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043.
    You are acting like children that are jealous for some reason. I hope of your stations go broke and have to shut down!!!


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  3. ShellyD says:

    I personally don’t consider any of the people quoted as “experts”… maybe if you had quotes from producers and/or representatives of big name record labels, it would make a difference in the way I feel about Scotty and Lauren.

    I love country music, listen to it every day at work and like to go country dancing with my husband on the weekends… and I love Scotty and Lauren both. I will happily listen to them on the radio and buy their singles/albums…

    It really amazes me how negative their comments are, they should be ashamed of themselves.


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