We're down to an all-country finale on American Idol.

Following one of the more entertaining, talent-rich seasons in memory, the Fox competition has come down to a pair of contestants who total 34 years in age. It's the youngest final pairing in show history.

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With Beyonce serving as his mentor, and with millions of eyes on him last night, Scotty McCreery all but assured himself of a spot in the American Idol finale.

The aspiring country artist went three-for-three in terms of impressive performances, kicking off this week's performance show with a strong ballad. In response to his version of "Amazed," Steven Tyler said what we're all thinking: this guy keeps getting better and better...

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Scotty McCreery pressed the right emotional buttons on American Idol last night.

First, the country crooner honored his country, putting on a simple performance of Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," an apt choice considering the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden.

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Sheryl Crow can't wait for Scotty McCreery to move to Nashville.

Will he do so as the next American Idol? Last night probably didn't cost him any votes, thanks to solid renditions of country songs past and present.

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After a lackluster effort a week ago, Scotty McCreery sought to expand the range of his delivery with his performance of "You've Got a Friend" Wednesday.

While imperfect, it was still a distinct vocal performance that showed improvement from the guy, and that won raves from both the judges and audience.

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Scotty McCreery made us rethink putting him atop our American Idol rankings prior to last night. His rendition of "Swingin'" was alright, just not spectacular.

It was an odd choice, first of all, given that it's a John Anderson song from the '80s performed on 21st Century Night (yes, LeAnn Rimes covered it recently).

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Scotty McCreery sang George Strait's "Cross My Heart" on Idol this week.

For a country singer to use George Strait, well, they're gonna have to be good, 'cause they're gonna be compared to George Strait. Did Scotty pull it off?

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Scotty McCreery was definitely all right, mama, with a fun, spirited performance of an Arthur Crudup-penned Elvis Presley hit on American Idol Wednesday night.

He may still be a step below James Durbin among the guys on the show, but he's clearly getting more comfortable on stage, and this effort felt pretty natural.

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Was there any doubt Scotty McCreery would take on "Country Comfort" last night?

As the young artist himself said, it's Elton John's only country single, and he's an aspiring country singer, after all.

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Scotty McCreery may sound like a natural born country singer, but we learned last night from where this 17-year old's deep voice actually comes:

He grew up impersonating Elvis.

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American Idol judges ask contestants this question every season: What kind of artist do you want to be?

This year, no finalist has an easier answer than Scotty McCreery. The 17-year old from North Carolina has a country sound and doesn't shy away from it. Case in point: last night's cover of the Garth Brooks' single "The River."

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Scotty McCreery Biography

Scott McCreery Promo Pic Scotty McCreery is the epitome of a country singer. He blew away the judges by singing "Your Man" and "Drive in their Country" during his... More »
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