You knew it was coming. If you just casually keep up with the barb-throwers over at the Vote For The Worst website, it may have come as a shock that Scotty McCreery wasn’t chosen as their “worst” long before the “American Idol” finale. It isn’t as if they didn’t slam him throughout Season 10.
No, it isn’t a shocker that Vote For The Worst (VFTW) finally got around to choosing Scotty McCreery for the “worst” finalist to support. What is shocking is that it took them all season. In their defense, they did choose Paul McDonald (quirky dancing, Porter Waggoner suits, tracheotomy vocals) for the first several episodes (well… until he was voted off in the eighth position, that is). But then they chose the bewhiskered Casey Abrams, choosing his over-the-top growling and shouting over Scotty’s MAD magazine iconic look and his facial calisthenics (which was pointed out to Scotty by the crew at TMZ). But Casey was gone two results shows later. Then it was Jacob Lusk and his preaching, who lasted only a week as the “worst.” Still, VFTW missed their chance during the Top 4.
Instead of jumping on the Scotty train, VFTW may have went in a more honorable direction (which may be more shocking than being able to hold off the urge to choose Scotty McCreery over Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk) and chose Haley Reinhart. Why? As they pointed out, it was obvious that the judges wanted Haley gone, so the site threw in its “worst” support for the bluesy torch-singer from Illinois. Supporting the “sassy stoner” damsel-in-distress lasted two shows.
And then America decided to split 70 million votes between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina and make the finale an all-teen, all-country sing-off. America also made it impossible for Vote For The Worst to ignore Scotty anymore.
The least criticized of all the finalists (Haley Reinhart won that distinction by far), Scotty somehow has managed to win over the “American Idol” audience week after week, mostly by pandering to patriotism (“Letters From Home” and “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?”), but also by singing several songs well, especially his ballad choices. But…
Even when Scotty over-sang songs like Travis Tritt’s “Can I Trust You With My Heart” (the judges loved it) and George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” (again, the judges loved it), he didn’t make the Bottom 3. When he performed John Anderson’s “Swingin'” (mistakenly calling it LeAnn Rimes’ song) and totally ruined it, he received no negative feedback. And while Haley Reinhart was being criticized for her sultriness, her song choices, and the not knowing where to go on stage, Scotty was getting rave reviews by the judges while he over-sang, went off-key, became the boy-with-the-1000-faces, and played his corncob flute microphone (which his fellow finalists called him out on during one episode).
It isn’t difficult to skate through a contest when you’re the only one not receiving any criticism (even James Durbin caught a little criticism for the over-use of his scream).
Although he probably doesn’t need VFTW’s help to win, Scotty certainly deserves their title, especially when compared to the uber-talented — if under-confident — Lauren Alaina. The site’s top banner says it all: “VoteForTheWorst.com encourages you to vote for Scotty McCreery. White guy with a guitar number 4 for the win! This goofball is just what Idol deserves.”
To catch the “goofball” in action a couple more times, “American Idol” can be seen on Fox Television for the two-part finale on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25. Myrtle Beach area fans of the show — and Scotty and Lauren — can catch the last two shows of the season on WFXB 43.