With 'Idol' Finale A Day Away, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Meet the Press
The countdown begins for season 10's last two standing who take the Nokia Theater stage on Tuesday night.
With the finale just 24 hours away, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina experienced an American Idol rite of passage on Monday -- the Hollywood press conference.
The two teen country singers spoke with journalists outside the Nokia Theater, where one will be crowned Idol on Wednesday night, and handled themselves like seasoned professionals, answering a battery of questions ranging from how they are coping with the pressure of Idol’s biggest night to the burning hot topic of how Scotty will style his hair. Lauren also had some explaining to do concerning her feet, which were plastered in Band-Aids. And why the heck is Ryan Seacrest calling Scotty “The Body?” Read on...
On competing against each other:
Scotty: "We're friends. This isn't a competition, we're just singing our hearts out. We're both going in full steam ahead."
Lauren: "I think whatever is meant to happen will happen. I think if Scotty wins, I'll be happy for him because he's one of my best friends."
On living the American Idol dream:
Lauren: “I’ve dreamed of being the next American idol since I was 6. Either way, I feel like I’m going to win, even if Scotty wins.”
Scotty : “She’s too nice.”
Lauren: “I’m not too nice.”
On being nicknamed “Scotty The Body” by Ryan Seacrest:
Scotty: “He said he’s done it in the past with the other Scotty’s. He’s just keeping with tradition.”
On going from a small town to Hollywood:
Scotty: "It's tough for us because we're both from small towns and nowhere around L.A.This is all new for us. We just try to stay true to ourselves and stay in our boots. That's what I always tell myself. To stay grounded and just take it one day at a time. We'll see where it leads us."
Lauren: "You know this place is completely different from where I'm from. I went home and realized how small the buildings are and how everything is like a little dollhouse compared to here. It's such a great experience and I'm so glad to be here."
Will he or won’t he? On shaving his head:
Scotty: "This has been the biggest thing on my mind. Every time I look in the mirror I think, Should I? Should I not? I used to have short hair. That was me and the boys back home. We said, 'Short hair don't care.' I'm torn. If J.Lo cuts it, I might. How many chances do you get to have the most beautiful woman in the world cut your hair? I don't know. I might. Tune in to see. I still don't know."
On making a country album:
Scotty: “We're both country. I'm going to go in there and try to make a country record. That's what I love. That's what I've grown up with, and if that crosses over, great. But if not, country is what I want to focus on. Country music is hip. Country fans are loyal. They've gotten us here so we owe all of this to them."
On keeping perspective:
Lauren: “Once I walk on stage, I just forget everything else and sing.”
Scotty : “I stay in my boots. I stay grounded.”
Just how did Lauren get covered in Band-Aids?
Lauren: "There was this cute guy, and I wasn't paying attention and I was waving, and I didn't see this concrete step, and I face-planted into the concrete and skinned the top of my toe completely... That's my story. Period."
With reporting by Katherine Ostrowski