Chivalry is alive and well in the form of Scott McCreery! After winning through to the “American Idol” finale, Scotty and his rival for the title, Lauren Alaina, tossed a coin to decide the singing order in next week’s finale. Scotty won the toss but he let Lauren choose the singing order.
Lauren chose to sing second on the show.
The special “American Idol” coin featured Scotty’s face on one side and Lauren’s on the other. On the toss it landed with the Scotty side uppermost. But Scotty once again showed off his good Southern boy roots and let Lauren Alaina choose the singing order.
Lauren made a very wise decision. She chose to sing second, which means that hers will be the last finale performance that we hear. Performing last on the “American Idol” finale has usually given the singer an advantage.
The 16-year-old from Georgia is up against an overwhelming favorite in 17-year-old Scotty McCreery so she will perhaps need all the help she can get if she is to win the show.
It’s been a while since an “American Idol” champion was guaranteed to make it big in the charts, but good news for both Scotty and Lauren is that the only other country singer to win the title, Carrie Underwood, is now officially the biggest earner in “Idol” history.
Underwood has now surpassed the first ever American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, in total career sales, selling an impressive 12,296,000 albums and over 18,482,000 digital tracks since winning Season 4. (Clarkson has sold 10,600,000 albums and 15,900,000 digital tracks.)
Underwood has also earned more than $66 million since 2006, compared to Clarkson’s $32 million since she won in 2002.
But back to this year, what do you think about Scotty allowing Lauren to choose the singing order? Will he regret having to sing first and have Lauren close out the performances?