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.”