by Dan Wooding
After a record-breaking 122 million votes, born-again Christian country singer, Scotty McCreer, has been declared this year's winner of American Idol.
The two finalists, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, had taken part in Tuesday night's final, in one of the most hotly debated seasons of the Fox show's 10-year-history, and finally Scotty was declared the winner.
Fox announced that more than 122 million votes poured in, marking a new record in "Idol" history, bringing the season total to more than 730 million votes.
It was two hours in the final show that Ryan Seacrest finally got the golden envelope, and McCreery and Alaina gave each other a playful, youthful shove in anticipation of the news.
MTV reported, "To almost no one's surprise, the name inside was Scotty's, and the Garner, North Carolina baseball star and church choir member burst into tears, bending over with his hands on his knees as the giant screen behind him flashed 'Scotty Wins!'
Scotty said, "It's been a year since me and Lauren Alaina tried out, and me and her have been together since day one and we're gonna stay together. ... Never in my wildest dreams."
He added, "I gotta thank the Lord first. He got me here."
As the huge American TV audience tuned in to see Scotty McCreery crowned, he has been telling the world that he is second.
According to a news release from A. Larry Ross Communications (www.alarryross.com), since the beginning of the season, McCreery has been seen wearing a black I Am Second bracelet on his right wrist, showing his support for the groundbreaking I Am Second movement.
I Am Second is a multimedia movement that chronicles the personal stories of struggle and transformation of celebrities and everyday people. McCreery was seen sporting his I Am Second bracelet throughout his homecoming footage aired last week, as seen in images on the website of his hometown television station WRAL-TV (http://bit.ly/igclqJ).
"We were thrilled when we first saw Scotty wearing the bracelet at the beginning of the season, as we have never spoken with him about I Am Second," said Mike Jorgensen, I Am Second executive director. "It is inspiring to see him confidently display his faith to millions each week. We wish him the best in the finals."
I am Second is designed to help individuals discover hope. The I Am Second website includes authentic video stories related to a variety of personal struggles, including abuse, addictions, pride, eating disorders, broken families and the search for success and meaning in life.