Scotty McCreery wins 'American Idol'

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LOS ANGELES -- "American Idol" fans picked Scotty McCreery as the 10th season champion Wednesday night.

McCreery, 17, beat Lauren Alaina, 16, in the show's all-country, youngest-ever finale. The two singers generated 122.4 million votes, the most in the show's history.

"Never in my wildest dreams," a stunned Scotty said. He closed the show by singing "I Love You This Big," which will be his first single.

For their efforts, McCreery and Alaina each won a Ford vehicle. They also gave Ford cars to the teachers who influenced them the most.

To end the season, "Idol" rolled out a big variety show that enlisted Steven Tyler to sing "Dream On" and Jennifer Lopez to strut while husband Marc Anthony sang. The season finale also featured big stars (Beyonce, Lady Gaga), saluted Broadway's "Spider-Man" (with Bono's help) and brought back "Idol" contestants.

James Durbin performed with Judas Priest. Jacob Lusk was paired with gospel star Kirk Franklin. The "Idol" men delivered a medley that was a warm-up for Tom Jones on "It's Not Unusual."

Some pairings were logical: McCreery performed with Tim McGraw. Alaina sang with form "Idol" champ Carrie Underwood. Some were pleasant surprises: Haley Reinhart sang with legend Tony Bennett.

Lady Gaga headlined the biggest production number, sang "The Edge of Glory" and jumped off a platform with a male dancer. She wasn't paired with any "Idol" hopefuls.

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