And The Winner Of ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Is…

Becky Bain | May 25, 2011 8:40 pm

As Ryan Seacrest would say, the results are in! Twangy teens Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina (as well as a hodgepodge of musical superstars) took the stage tonight at the Nokia Theater as America tuned in to the Idol finale find out who would be crowned the champion of the show’s 10th season. Unlike Idol producers, we won’t drag it out for you mercilessly — take the jump to find out who won!

Baby, lock them doors and turn the lights down low to celebrate! Scotty McCreery!

Scotty was initially introduced on the show as a novelty (a kid with a deep voice!) with a running joke (singing the Josh Turner song “My Man” at almost every turn). But he proved himself as a true showman, consistently delivering pitch-perfect performances every week, regardless of the theme. (Sure, he always stuck to his country roots, but the man knows what he’s good at.) And in the end, he reeled in a majority of the all-time record 122.4 million votes cast in the final showdown, which pitted two of Idol‘s youngest finalists ever against one another.

Watch Ryan Seacrest announce Scotty as the winner below. Though we’d put Scotty’s initial reaction pretty far down on our list of the Best American Idol Winning Moments Ever (maybe right between Jordin Sparks and Taylor Hicks), we did end up caving after his performance of his single “I Love You This Big” when Scotty tried to eat the falling confetti and eventually teared up while Lauren attacked him with kisses.

Did America get it right? Sound off in the comments!